A bit of a quiet weekend on the Countryman, but some progress.
I wanted to check the fit of the front wings on both sides before even thinking about welding the bonnet surround in. I've been quietly squirreling away front wings over the last 18 months and now have quite a collection of van and saloon wings in various states. I'll fix the spares when I have a few spare hours
The nearside front wing that came with the Countryman isn't a bad one - it needs a proper repair to the front, but fits pretty well - little final fettling will sort that. It does need a new lower rear corner, but won't fit that until the front panel is in and I can properly fit the wing first.
The offside is a bit more of a challenge as the offside wings I have all need some work. The one originally off the Countryman isn't the original - it has been replaced at some stage in its life and it's been a typical low-grade bodyshop repair job - fitted then painted. This means all the flanges are rotten as there's never been any paint on them.
I had picked up another offside van wing which didn't look pretty, but i thought would be easier to repair. Oddly the flange by the door had gone (makes me wonder if it is another one fitted first then painted) but the front end was sound apart from having a bit of a bash around the headlight.
I thought i could get away with straightening the front and welding up the thin bits but after spending a few minutes chasing my tail, i reckoned it was best to cut it out.
I kept the old bonnet surround parts thinking these may come in useful for a small headlamp repair section.
The top and bottom were a pretty good fit, but the mid section need a bit of work with the shrinker to pull it in a bit. I replaced the rotten bit of the headlight reinforcement ring too. All welded up, and the fit doesn't look too bad. The edges of both panels could do with sharpening up a bit, but it will all fit.
I've still a bit to do to the back. I've replaced about 20 cm of the rear flange, and will finish that off once I'm ready to fit the wing and repair the lower corner. I'll have it blasted once repaired just to make sure there are no other bits I've missed.