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Best Answer sonikk4 , 23 May 2020 - 05:26 PM

Ahh now that is the door check panel

 

This one

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#1 AJ-Mend'em

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 08:56 AM

Hello TMF! Long time reader, first time poster (I believe that's called 'lurking'?)

 

I've just started working on restoring my '95 sidewalk which i've had since 2007. We've had some good times and was the location of my first date with my now wife (no... not like that). It has always been mechanically sound and ran like a dream, but rust was becoming an issue so it has been in the garage for 3 ish years while money and time were saved, I now have some of both to start working with.

 

My first task was to walk the car with a sander, grider, wire brush and screwdriver to work out which panels could be saved and which were scrap when i discovered an unwelcome 'gift' from the previous owner... It appears they have replaced the A panel (without welding that small run up the top) and had sealed the job using painted gaffa tape over the panel behind the door hinge in the picture... no surprise behind the tape has rotted to powder.

 

On digging through from the door side it went something like: tape > Rotten metal > Rubber?? > Flitch panel(?) > clean air . My question is two fold... 

1. can someone help me identify the appropriate repair section for the initial metal behind the door hinge? I can't work out if it's part of the door frame or left over from an old repair

2. what was the rubber section? again, I have no knowledge of any gasket/membrane which should be there?

 

 

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 11:07 AM

Hi post some pictures so we can possibly help you :highfive:



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 11:48 AM

So directly behind the A panel is the inner wing, but there is a section we all commonly know as the flitch.

 

This part comprises the A post return which is what the A panel rear edge folds around. Also the door hinges are mounted through this item as well. And it also has the fresh air vent as part of it.

https://www.minispar...|Back to search

 

So this is a couple of pictures of the badly rotted A panel return on my clubby when we first acquired him.

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And repaired

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 04:52 PM

Hi post some pictures so we can possibly help you :highfive:


Sorry!! Though I had... now?

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 05:26 PM   Best Answer

Ahh now that is the door check panel

 

This one

https://www.minispar...|Back to search



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 05:43 PM

Ahh now that is the door check panel

This one
https://www.minispar...|Back to search


Perfect, thanks. So there shouldn't be any rubber between these two panels? I definitely removed like an inch before I hit the inner wing

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Posted 23 May 2020 - 05:55 PM

Nope no layers of rubber. It should be metal, inner and outer A post etc.



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 05:59 PM

Something i did on Paddy

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and this is the page where it was all a bit dismantled shall we say

http://www.theminifo...rebuild/page-29



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Posted 23 May 2020 - 06:27 PM

and this is the page where it was all a bit dismantled shall we say

http://www.theminifo...rebuild/page-29

 

 

Cheers, that's a great reference actually. Top notch work there too.

I'm terrified that what started as a door skin repair and preventative treatment on the A panel will turn into an A frame & front end rebuild  O_O







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