One of the recent tasks has been to tidy up the front wings. These were previously removed at an earlier stage and as the chassis is now having some of its inner body panels refitted it won’t be long until the wings are required. Unfortunately they are in pretty poor condition with lots of (fairly large) holes in them and unlike modern vehicles they are not something that you can buy from the local motor factors. The first task therefore was to cut out the rusted sections and clean around them.
The edges of the holes were then flanged in slightly and a plate cut to fit. This was held into place and then lightly tacked with the Mig welder. Once the panel was tacked the rest of the joint was welded into place then cleaned up with an angle grinder. You can just see at the top of the image to the right where a finished plate has been cleaned up.
You can also see where an attempt at filling the wings has been carried out by a previous owner. This filler will all need to be cleaned off and re-done as it has been done over rust which isn’t too good for a long term repair.
The edge of this wing has also had a bit of accident damage some time ago which has then rusted. The edge of the wing is created by rolling the sheet steel around a stiff wire. A section of the wing had to be cut out and a new section welded in. The steel was then folded around the wire with a combination of vise grips and hammering. All there repairs will be roughly beaten into shape and then filled and sanded. I’ll put images of the completed wings here soon.