Monday, 7 August 2017

Inner Rear Wheel Arch Repair

A new section brings new challenges. The wheel arch has a nice little curve to it that I suppose is designed to allow the water and mud to flow away. 

Obviously not quick enough in my example...

So a custom repair is needed as a new panel seems more than I require, which I suppose is a positive. It gave me another chance to create a custom panel that I love making up.

First create the templates.

Then cut and shape the metal.

Weld it all together.

Looks good so far!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A rather rusty bottom

The title says it all really...


Must keep positive


Oh it's more like a horror movie

Think I need some more panels!!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Outer rear wing inspection

In order to start removing the patch welding from the Midget's boot floor I need to check the outer rear wing as I suspected that the inner wing repair was attached to the outer wing panel.

I knew there was some filler behind that paint! This explains why this section of the wing bends inwards that I will need to straighten somehow. I would think some sort of reversing mishap or a shunt from behind? Who knows

I have to say that I am quite relieved that this is the extent of the damage to the outer wing. I had imagined the filler and holes to be much higher than this. It will be much easier to retain the original shape.

Boot floor inspection

I can't believe I am actually writing this, but yes I have started to work on another section of the car... the boot!! (or trunk for my American followers)

This is a particularly challenging area of the car, so I will need to take my time. Certainly on the right hand side where some of the worst rust damage can be seen.

You can see some of the damage from underneath as well as from the top.

There was so many botched repairs that will make it harder to work out where the new metal should go. Speaking of new metal, I picked up the new panel from Moss, which is the biggest panel I'll have to weld in.

I have taken the decision to replace the whole floor. I just don't see the point trying to restore such a damaged section. So over the next few weeks I will be removing the patch panels and cutting out the rust and making way for this new panel. I seem to remember I will need to do a lot of spot weld drilling! Which reminds me I need to buy a new set of spot weld drills as mine are blunt!

Front lower repair for the rear wing

I've been looking forward to completing this repair for ages as it will finish off the right and side of my MG Midget. When I look back through my blog one of the first repair panels and welds I ever did was in this area (back in Dec 2013) and now I have completed this section. That's only 3½ years! Not bad going really...

First job was to check the repair panel for fitting.

Then I decided to paint those parts that would be hidden for a few years with chassis paint to protect from rust.

Then it was a question of welding the gap, but I felt that the gap was a little wide in places, so I cut up some metal to weld into place.

And then I stitched welded the gaps whilst making sure the alignment was correct.

It all seemed to ok, apart from the bottom right corner has lifted up a little so the gap wasn't even against the outer sill. This was caused by welding too much too quickly and causing metal shrinkage. So I had to make a cut into the repair panel near the bottom that would allow me to bend the panel so the gap was even and then stitch welded it. Lesson learnt!

I still have a little tidying up to do on the leading edge but I think it turned out ok. Also being able to tilt the chassis made my life so much easier.