How to deal with a major crack in the bodywork
It has been a long time since we started this rebuild, and there have been some great solutions found
|How it started out|
As we draw near to completing the bodywork and get close to painting Gidget's panels, I have one specific "fix" that I think is worth documenting in detail, as it has all turned out really well, and is very representative of several other similar repairs that have been effected on Gidget to make her a much stronger and effective rally car.
|The alloy front shroud|
|The crack revealed|
started to strip the paint away that we could see the full extent of the cracks. In the case of the front right hand corner, it was probably 6 inches long, and had been "stitched" together at some stage using pop rivets and a large piece of unpainted and ugly galvanised tin on the inside and lots of bog to cover everything up on the outside - Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the inside.
|Ready for repair|
|Strengthening panel inside|
In order to give the (now thin) alloy some strength, he inserted a large patch underneath - Welding it, not pop rivetting it !!
|Repairs on the outside|
With the inside now firm, and the whole area re-inforced, he was then able to weld along the crack on the outside.
|Covering with primer|
case of being patient and rubbing down and bogging again and again until
|Ready for final painting !|
This is just one small part of the much bigger story, but worth documenting to show just how much care and attention is being paid to ensure Gidget is the very strongest she can be.
|The damaged rear shroud|
|Thick bog on driver's door|
the rear shroud and the driver's side door which are almost totally covered in thick bog which covers a multitude of dents and repairs underneath !! Certainly getting lots of practice at this !
Rest of the pics are here :- https://photos.app.goo.gl/Vk0qCVhQ5xKsmVw12