from Old English White to green moss and rust

next area up for repair is here in the inner rear wheel arch.
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the plate welded onto the inner arch includes the body mount, so it's exact location is crucial.
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the plate has most areas of strong unrusted steel, so I want to keep most of it and not loose the exact position of the body mount.

so the task is to turn this flat steel plate.
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into this complex curved dome that has rusted right through, fixing, rather than replacing this area will save me £56 from the restoration budget, and save the exact position of the mount.
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the plate has most areas of strong unrusted steel, so I want to keep most of it and not loose the exact position of the body mount.

so the task is to turn this flat steel plate.
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into this complex curved dome that has rusted right through, fixing, rather than replacing this area will save me £56 from the restoration budget, and save the exact position of the mount.
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have you got a leather sand filled bag for forming ?
dead useful they are
 
cut out, back as far as good rustless steel will allow.
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the cut out piece ready to make a pattern out of cardboard.
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the plate wire wheeled off to confirm the extent of the rust damage.
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hammer, vice and dolly work, trying to get it as close to the rusted out piece as I can.
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welding up the bend relief slots in the under cut
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offering up the part for test fit.
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clamped hard up against the cut edges
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finally welded up into position. Pleased with that, now to deal with the other holes in the plate around the body mount.
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mask, goggles and ear defenders donned for cleaning up the rusty under side, this may take several goes....
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with the plate all welded up and cleaned off. looks so much simpler when it's all one colour. If I were to show someone the results of three days work, they'd say..... where?
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on the other side of the wheel-arch, inside the car, the rust hole welded up and given a swipe of easy sand to level it all out. Next hole, that one at the back

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Old chap my way has a plethora of British cars on his acreage.
This for $750

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Interior and engine bay/engine are intact, and in fairly good shape.
 
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just to give an idea as to how affordable doing up a 1972 VW Beetle is, I purchased two complete floor halves to replace the rusted out ones on the chassis, (I'll be getting on with that in due course) £67 a side, and free post. from the VW Heritage centre. I wonder what you'd pay for the same parts for a Daimler/jag. Nice car though.
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just to give an idea as to how affordable doing up a 1972 VW Beetle is, I purchased two complete floor halves to replace the rusted out ones on the chassis, (I'll be getting on with that in due course) £67 a side, and free post. from the VW Heritage centre. I wonder what you'd pay for the same parts for a Daimler/jag. Nice car though.
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Outstanding price, love what you are doing.
Apologies for jumping on your thread
My work involves lots of rural travel, yesterday I passed a Beetle (split screen) in the Kananaskis foothills yesterday with a for sale sign.
 
turning the body around on it's casters brings the rear right wheel arch available for inspection, and work.
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a closer view shows holes, holes and holes, as Burton said in Where Eagles dare, a hole is a hole is a hole.
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until you get the Mig welder on the job, here is the first one tac welded in
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the plate itself welded in nice and strong, but the metal behind it is rather thin and pitted, so out it came. Cut out nice and clean with a, reduced in size, cutting disc.
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the area here is made up from separate layers of sheet metal.
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offered up, the first piece from outside
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