The '45 is pretty good for body corrosion, I suppose <steps around the hole in the floorpan> .. but the mounting legs that hold the front bumper to the front of each wheel arch look like they're made of paper mache!
I was trying to remove the bumper so I could swap the radiator (more also the disintegrating radiator mount) and this involves removing the bumper to get access to the radiator mount's bolts.
No bother, I thought.. a few bolts and off it slides.. but one bolt (front lower) just sheared straight off, even though it looked just a teeeny
bit rusty.. and the mounting legs just started to twist and fall apart under the effort, rather than allowing the bolts there to come undone (or more likely, shear off). I gave up while they were still in one piece!
Now.. I can see that I'm going to have to go back in there some time and take the bumper off with whatever the consequences, otherwise it's going to fall off one day all on its own..
Has anyone rebuilt thos pesky legs? I can see it'll need a loooong bit of steel bent into a "U" shape with a captive nut welded in at the bottom to take the bumper bolt... but before I think about how I (actually who
) is going to do that, since the demise of Vince the "60-a-day" Body... is there a top-tip?
I'm hoping the whole assembly is a bolt-on part for instance, so I can just buy new ones, if they're not £200 each. And yes, I'll galvanise them before fitting (dunno why AR doesn't.. the 155 has the equally same weedy legs).
Also.. cheap fasteners...
At the pointy end.. a bit more zinc wouldn't hurt, Mr Romeo!!