Just a few incomplete jobs to report today. First up is the rotten front ns wheelarch.
First the corrosion is cut out, back to solid metal.
Some corrosion in this panel - no idea what it's called - but rather than cut it out, I chose to wire brush it using the angle grinder and treat with Hydrate 80. The bottom of the wheelarch cut back to good metal, exposing the new floor pan fitted oh so long ago!
A large spreader plate plug welded on, much larger than the affected area. The wheelarch was plated up and sprayed in primer, now just awaiting the arrival of the Tiger Seal. The nearside sill was originally covered by a home-made cloaking sill which I had removed previously leaving only a strip of original sill. My recent investment in a 6mm spot removing drill paid a handsome dividend, the inner and outer sills being separated with no damage to the inner. Just a coat of primer to prevent rust and to make me feel good as the @old@ van slowly becomes covered in primer, highlighting my progress. On inspecting the, now open rear end of the sill I identified two layers of panel not attached to anything. I welded on a patch fastening the first skin to the inner sill then another on top fastening the second to the patch and through that to the inner sill. Whilst I await Management's approval of the cost of a new sill, I went back to a job I have been avoiding for months. The rear wheelarches have corroded where the rubber seal fitted. Using my trusty spot removal drill to remove what was left of the strip designed to hold the now missing rubber, exposed a rather frilly gap between wheelarch and body. Much energetic use of the wire wheel in the angle grinder and liberal application of Hydrate 80 got me back to good metal then, using a length of 2"x1/2" angle made a trimmer piece which fitted snugly. This was then drilled for welding and primed. The story ends here as, through all the angle grinding at full stretch, lying on my back, on cold concrete, something went in my back so it will be a few days before I resume activities. I am, dear reader, bearing my pain manfully (personfully?) and hope to be back on the job, so to speak, quite soon.