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Hidden rust

I know this has been mentioned in the past but our cars are getting older and its becoming more and more relevant.

I took the wings off the parts Gtv today and found this underneath

Easy to sort if caught early but you would never know it was there unless you remove the wings.
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Thanks for the heads-up. Is that black expanding foam inside the chassis member? Any rust inside there or is it just on the outside?

My black Spider seems to have a few cosmetic rust problems on its left-rear corner. Around the radio antenna there are odd-shaped blisters in the (original) paint (see pic). There is roughness in the paint at the bottom where it joins the bumper. Also, there is rust in the seam to the scuttle top panel, which is a little annoying on a ten-year-old car (not the type of rust usually seen in NZ these days). I won't worry unless this all gets worse, but I do wonder if the Pininfarina-built car had some built-in rust under the paint. Wouldn't be the first time!

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Why did your lawnmower have GTV wings on it?
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how hard is it to take the wing off ?
might be worth doing just to rustproof . cheers paul

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Although I have a spider, I have just sold 3 MGB's that I count myself "knowlegeable" in. Take the wings off one of those and prepare to die!
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I would take the sill covers off also. A lot of crud builds up under them. If you want a real fright take off the wheel arch protectors.
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You can't get the wing off without taking the sill covers off the bottom wing bolt is hidden by the sill cover.

Good idea to give it a proper look under there though.

Of you look at my rebuild thread there is a section at the end on removing the sill covers
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My Spider is not in bad shape at all !!

I recently removed / painted the sill covers and found a small patch of surface rust on the near side sill, easy fix but if left could of caused a problem later on down the line.
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yup my gtv had all of the above. failed last mot on the floor pan front and back both sills because of the jacking issue and inner arches and more, cost over 650 to sort.

MOT now due this year dreading it.
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I am about to waxoyl the bottom of mine and want to get the sills and wings off at the same time and have a look. Anyone have any idea how much I should buy?

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Rust under windscreen.

After removing the tork screws on the scuttle cover there are six clips also holding the scuttle cover in place. The six holes that these clips fit into have rubber seals in them. Water tends to get in behind these rubbers ever o slightly.

As I was checking for rust under the scuttle cover I also pulled these rubbers out and checked inside. There was not a lot of rust but enough for it to be flaking off in spots. Especially when I put my little finger in and poked around. I killed it with rust converter inside and out then filled this hollow area behind these rubbers with a rust preventative wax spray. Similar to Waxol that you Brits often write about on this forum.

Be careful with how much liquid rust product you use. I pumped too muh into this area( behind the rubbers- under the windscreen) and it eventually came out on to the fuses under the steering wheel.

At least there will be no rust under the wind screen for a while and the GTV lives on.
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I've got some rust at the bottom rim of the left door (drivers side, left hand drive) and a bit of rust on the bottom rim of the bootlid, just below the logo. Both probably caused by an earlier repair when the car was not in my possession. Underneath the car all seems very nice. (1998).
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