Hi guys. More progress on the Sud, slowly but surely. Remember last time i worked on it i had taken off the rear outer arch, and the original under it!!
I thought i would take off the patch that had been placed over the back of the outer sill, as you can see this revealed a pretty good inner, a slightly moth eaten middle, and a patched jacking point, again it looks like no metal was removed before these patches were put on, but does reveal a basically solid car with minimal corrosion, lucky me eh?
Behind the wheelarch was also a mass of overlapping patches.
I removed the inner arch outer lip with my trusty grinder, luckily apart from the rear of the arch, the rot was confined to the lip, so i cut up a sud rear outer arch panel so ijust used its lip, then tacked it on, it fitted pretty well!
Moving to the back i cut out the lower quater section, the inner panel was missing along it's lower edge and up the back.
I wanted to minimise distortion around the rear arch repair, so decided to butt weld instead of overlapping the edges, this took ages to trim and grind so the edges fitted together well. Then tacked at regular intervals around the arch, levelled the edges and slowly filled in with what i think is called string of pearls welding, ie. medium setting on the welder, weld in very short bursts, and alternate your way atround the arch, leaving plenty of time to cool in between, it probably took most of an hour to weld all the way around. Its worth it though, because the metal ver gets too hot, so minimising distortion. You can see i have started to repair that lower inner panel too.
My wife keeps on asking how much i paid for this car
, and i have to agree i paid too much, but it was the right car, and the right colour and i could see its potential. She'll eat her words when it's finished
Or am i being a little too optimistic???
When i have finished this bit of work, i will fit the exhaust and tank and callipers and take it for a MOT. Then off to the Boxer meet in Germany, then strip it all down again finish the resto and get it repainted.