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#76 Wiggy

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Posted 27 October 2018 - 11:04 AM

Wow, Ben. Your work always inspires me.........never to try bodywork myself. As I'll never do as good a job as you! 😁😂

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 04:54 PM

Bit more done on the Pick-up this afternoon.

 

I need to fix this before I fit the floor

 

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This is a section of the lower rear cab bulkhead where it meets the load bed floor.

 

And from underneath once I had marked out the section of floor I want to remove

 

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First a section of the reinforcer needs to be removed

 

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Then the section of floor

 

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Bit frilly...

 

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And with everything cut back, I can start making up some new sections to go in

 

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I have made a start on fabricating the bulkhead section which ill finish and fit tomorrow afternoon.

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 07:02 PM

nasty - looks like the water's got in behind the seam sealer and just rotted it away.  is the rest of that bulkhead-to-loadbed join OK ?



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Posted 01 November 2018 - 08:31 PM

nasty - looks like the water's got in behind the seam sealer and just rotted it away.  is the rest of that bulkhead-to-loadbed join OK ?

The damage seems to have started from the cab side of the bulkhead although I am not too sure what started it.

The rest of the bottom flange of the bulkhead looks to be in very good order so ill clean back the sealant from both sides once this repair is done and check for any more damage.

 

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 04:50 PM

Continuing on, I made up a section of lower bulkhead and clamped it in place

 

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Once I was happy, I welded it in

 

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And ground up both sides

 

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Then made up a fresh piece of floor and welded that in too

 

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And then re-attached the front section of bracing

 

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I still need to finish up down here

 

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But as you can see, I have spot welded the new return to the new piece of floor

 

I also need to clean up the welds on the load bed floor too

 

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I gave it a coat of zinc to protect it for the time being and that's a very fiddly repair sorted.

 

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Cheers

 

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 05:55 PM

fiddly little job nicely executed as usual Ben



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Posted 06 November 2018 - 04:22 PM

Amazing stuff as ever Ben!



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 06:44 AM

As ever such tidy work!



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 12:41 PM

I've had the floor back in again just to finish up a few bits of prep and sort the positions of the seatbelt sill mounts and the bottom of the battery box

 

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I salvaged the captive nuts from the old seat belt mounts

 

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And welded them onto some new plates

 

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With the floor back out again, I prepped the bottom of the battery box for fitting to the floor

 

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And then spot welded it into place

 

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Once I was ready to fit the floor for the final time, I prepped and primed the underside of the load floor and heelboard

 

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Then after sealing up the heelboard to loadbed and heelboard to floor joins, I applied a coat of the green topcoat

 

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It would be very difficult to get complete coverage in here with the floor fitted hence putting some on now. It's only the one coat but ill paint in here again as much as I can when it comes to painting the car.

 

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 12:52 PM

..it's got paint !!!!  i've a distinct feeling i've changed nappies that were not dissimilar to that colour...

 

looks good though Ben - i did wonder how you were going to try and paint that bit.  now i know  :proud:



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 04:54 PM

The long job of modding and prepping the floor is now complete

 

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And can now go in for the final time

 

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And the weldathon can commence

 

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Next time, I shall weld the back of the floor to the extension, weld the seat crossmember to the floor and then probably fit the toe board.

 

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 05:29 PM

fantastic - that should keep her going for a few more decades !!

 

i'm curious - what issues would doing it the other way solve ?



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 06:18 PM

 

 

i'm curious - what issues would doing it the other way solve ?

I'm not sure what you mean  :wacko:



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 06:51 PM

 

 

 

i'm curious - what issues would doing it the other way solve ?

I'm not sure what you mean  :wacko:

 

 

i was referring to this comment

 

                 "Next time, I shall weld the back of the floor to the extension, weld the seat crossmember to the floor and then probably fit the toe board."

 

i read that as, if you were to do it again, you'd fit it in a different sequence, instead of that's what the next exciting instalment of Mini Pick-Up @ Mill Road Garage will comprise

 

D'oh !



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 06:56 PM

 

 

 

 

i'm curious - what issues would doing it the other way solve ?

I'm not sure what you mean  :wacko:

 

 

i was referring to this comment

 

                 "Next time, I shall weld the back of the floor to the extension, weld the seat crossmember to the floor and then probably fit the toe board."

 

i read that as, if you were to do it again, you'd fit it in a different sequence, instead of that's what the next exciting instalment of Mini Pick-Up @ Mill Road Garage will comprise

 

D'oh !

 

ha, i get it now :lol:

 

yep, you are right, that's whats to come.

 

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