Winchfield Engineering have sent over this update showing the progress on the panels.
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.
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!
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.
More dismantling!You may recall we bought new front wings and had to gamble on the Samurai wings (large wheel arch) being convertible to the SJ413 Wings (small wheel arch) and have the pressed in decorative curve line hidden under the large arch flange.
Therefore we wanted to check as early as we can in the process that the wing underneath the wide arches is, in fact, an SJ413 wing.
The picture on the left shows the wing with the wide arch (ie. a standard Samurai wing) and the additional narrow arch that I purchased.
The key difference between a Samurai wing and an SJ413 wing is the decorative pressing line around the arch which would be difficult to reproduce. However we believed that this pressing line is actually still there, hidden under the wider arch.
The spot welds were therefore drilled out on the arch.......