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#1 Bobbins

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 11:00 AM

During the rebuild of our '86 City I was hoping to be able to save both inner wings and just use repair panels where needed, however the RH inner has through-rot along the top near the bonnet hinge as well as the usual areas around the flitch, air vent and the top shocker mount, therefore I'm currently considering replacing the complete panel.

 

It's not a job I've done before so obviously nervous that I can get the panel alignment spot on and not finish with everything very crooked! I've left the front subframe in place because I was planning to use this to align the new front panel and outer wings, but is the subframe better removed to do the inner wing? I'll be removing the subframe eventually anyway, I'd just been keeping it in place to align the front panel. Also will the bonnet need to be on to get the alignment of the inner wing correct? There also appears to be an additional panel sandwiched between the bulkhead and the inner wing, other than the usual hole behind the top shock mount this seems "okay".

 

Any pointers before I remove the old inner wing, order to work in etc? Too many questions!!!

 

 

 

 



#2 Ben_O

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 12:29 PM

The panel sandwiches between the inner wing and crossmember comes with the new inner wing.

 

Replacement of the inner wing is straightforward but sometimes I have encountered some problems with the fit at the bottom where it folds under the floor and toeboard. You may have to make some slight mods to this area if you have an issue.

 

As for alignment, you can bolt it to the crossmember where the shock top mount bolts and then it pretty much finds its way. You can use the door hinge mounts to align the other end.

 

With it bolted in these places, that should be enough to secure it so that you can try on the bonnet and wing.

don't forget the offer up the a panel too.

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 10:39 AM

Thanks Ben, that does make a lot of sense, get everything in place before doing any welding. I'm assuming that this can be done without cutting any of the scuttle which is quite sound?

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:15 AM

Thanks Ben, that does make a lot of sense, get everything in place before doing any welding. I'm assuming that this can be done without cutting any of the scuttle which is quite sound?

Stu.

 

The scuttle ends need to come off as the inner wing finishes underneath as per this picture. (Project Erm where i changed both inner wings.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:16 AM

This pictures gives you an idea about how many plug welds there are as well

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:17 AM

And as per Ben's post. I initially used the shock mounts and the door hinge holes to align everything, then pinned and clamped it all in place.

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 12:22 PM

If the scuttle is sound, you can carefully drill the spotwelds on that end and cut through the scuttle just past the inner wing and a few inches up the a post.

If you do it carefully, it can be welded back on easily enough once you have replaced the inner wing






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