Okay, frame ready to go to be media blasted and powder coated.
So now the body has to be ready to accept it. All ares that are not accessible when the frame is back in must be checked.
But, the 2 sheared frame to body bolts first.
Heres an offending bolt well rusted in
Warm it up with an acetylene torch, stud remover on, turn it with every confidence of it coming out and.......................
it sheared off further up!!
So, there was no other way than to drill and retap. Job done.
The inner sills (rockers) have looked dodgy for a bit, so lets see.
Heres a view of the rear of the drivers rocker panel with a clip for the stainless trim. thats the first to go then!
Looks a bit rusty around the wheelarch area.
Heres a series of photos as I delve deeper in!
View from inside the wheelarch
View from underneath
Put my hammer through this one!
More cutting out
Heres a interesting view down the inside!
Looks bad, but.......................now this is where i was really surprised......... I blew compressed air down the sills to dry them out, and this is how it looked
The outer panel is hardly touched but the vertical inner one is rotten for about 30 cm back. I have welded many lower panels up but have never seen an outer panel survive. The rust is only surface and very minimal inside. Interesting.
Anyway the rust goes up higher so i need to cut out a bit more in the top corner and into the floor. But it is not that bad at all. Makes a change!