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Last weekend had a look at 2 patches from the previous owner(s).

They patched over the rust and I had seal the spot welded edge swelling up badly.

So fuel tank etc out and...

Time to investigate !

 

Whole part has been de-rusted (as is the seam on the inside of the tunnel) + waxed & seam sealed etc

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I have the same (or worse) on my passenger side. Odd really, as it must get much less grief.

My plan is to cut the whole area out and remake in fresh steel. All the flexing will have affected/work hardened the steel, and welding makes it brittle too. Although somebody mentioned TIG welding does not affect the steel as much, maybe as it heats a wider area??

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14 hours ago, wimpus said:

My A-post around the door check strap area cracks.

Welded it and comes back.

But noticed a lot more flexing then the passenger side.

 

Had a look.. 

Anyone got idea's how to fix it ? 

 

 

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Hi, the cracking looks like was propagated by the failed spot welds on the support gusset.  Personally I would drill a small hole at each ends of the cracking, re-weld fully the gusset using Mig (Tig won't make that much difference on low grade carbon steel, its very hard to work harden 0.25% carbon steel) then weld up the cracks.  The original design was good but it can be overstressed or over used.

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Some more work was done.

Trying to get Fox straight..

For the door post/check strap I need to order some parts (but my german supplier is on vacation).

Bootlid and rear deck where a pain.. 

Right rear wing bottom repair .. seens my welding was a bit shit and hard to get it 'straight'.

Rear valance was easy (NOS panel that was in storage from 1980, with a few dents in those years).

 

 

Slowly getting there...

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Then a light 'bang' when I lowered the seat back.. 

But it wouldn't come back up as usually.. 

Seems Spitfire's have torsion bars... well in the mkiv/1500 seats that is.

Mine just fell out 😅

5mins and fixed.

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Little bit more stuff done.

But I was raining pretty bad the last few days, so was stuck in the garage without electrics (only battery powered LED strips).

Put the front valance corners (plastic) in primer etc.

 

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The door check strap area is next I think 

Normally getting all the parts I need for that this week, incl the bit inside the post where the strap slides over it.

As we are there.. why not change it to.

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Also been thinking again.. (need to stop this :D

front crossmember has some rust again..

It was fully replaced in 2012.

now.. I had the idea of making a plastic cover, so water could not get in the area.

Anyone done this ?

 

Long time ago bought covers in rubber for the front body mounts from a CT member from Scotland (last pic).

 

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Some parts arrived..

Installed a new door check strap and now the door stays open & a klunck when closing.

So the inner bit must not be to bad.

Do have it in my stock now...   maybe will change it anyway.

Last pic: old vs new.

 

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Today had a look at the A-post.

Triumph missed some spot welds at the factory it seems (look at the first pic...).

 

Even the part behind it was cracked/broken off ages ago, crack was rusted (welded the lip back on).

 

So fixed it all good now, no more movement ! 🙃

Very happy that i've fixed it now.

 

Also sandblasted the front of the chassis crossmember outer parts, as they where rusty.

Then rustconvertor and (my famous green) zink phoshate.

 

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Again, nice smooth welded in repairs. Wish mine were that neat. How much is left to do now, you must be getting near to completion. How is your trim holding out with all the mileage you use the car for?

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2 hours ago, Mathew said:

Again, nice smooth welded in repairs. Wish mine were that neat. How much is left to do now, you must be getting near to completion. How is your trim holding out with all the mileage you use the car for?

I 'think' this was the last bit of welding on the body.

Still needs to be sanded down with 400 or 800 wet.

Only then we can see if some parts are flat/straight or not.

 

Main problem is.. she needs to be taken fully apart, so need a backup car.

+ the weather is getting worse 🙄

 

What do you mean by trim?  The interior ? 

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