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Lil Red - SJ restoration - Strip down continues

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Here are some more pictures from the real week of work. The strip down continued around the SJ, removing all the panels that  could be removed with simple tools. The remaining panels need some more extreme removal techniques to undo the corroded bolts.

On the left you can see the wheel arch after the wing has been removed. This area is the part where the wing meets the wheel arch and is a key area of corrosion. On lots of rusty SJs you can sit in the rear seats and look down and see the wheel and road through the corrosion holes. James' SJ is not bad but this will take a bit of cleaning up to attach to the brand new wings with all the rust removed.

On the right you can see the rear wing on the drivers side. This has the fuel filler in it. The filler is brazed in-place and we have a new one to braze into the wing. The square hole at the right of the picture is where the seat belt fits.

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Lil Red - SJ restoration - Attacking the rusted bolts

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As you will have seen in the last post, a number of the large hinge and panel bolts are rusted solid, so Winchfield Engineering needed to get serious!

 In the picture on the left you can see a nut being held onto the bolt using MoleGrips.


They went around the SJ, welding nuts on all the stuck bolts

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Lil Red - SJ restoration - First look at the panels.

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With the bolts in full retreat, Winchfield Engineering had a first look at the body panels.

Around the rear, with the wing panels and taligate removed, some more rust became visible.

This is behind the panel, so can be fixed with some fabrication rather than a replacement panel.

On the left you can see the end of the rear crossmember which will need some work to ensure the rust is completely removed

It looks worse than it is really, it should clean up fairly easily. 

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Lil Red - SJ restoration - Panel work progressing

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Winchfield Engineering have sent over this update showing the progress on the panels. 

The process is the same on all the panels.

They are inspected for corrosion and any corrosion spots are sandblasted clean to remove all the rust.

Here, on the tail gate, you can see where the corrosion has been cleaned away from the mounting holes where a small amount of surface rust existed.

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Lil Red - SJ restoration - Moving on to the body tub

Lil Red - SJ restoration - Moving on to the body tub

Winchfield Engineering have moved on to starting work on the body tub.

We always knew this was the bad spot as it had some visible rust on the outside, however it can be a bit of a shock as to how bad a "good" car can be.

Here on the drivers side rear we can see the panels that create the rear of the arch have trapped water etc and quietly corroded inside. 

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