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  • #31
    Hard to believe they got that bad out there with the rot!


    I suppose if it were Ireland it'd be totally gone at this stage.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by admredux View Post
      Hard to believe they got that bad out there with the rot!


      I suppose if it were Ireland it'd be totally gone at this stage.
      I think that was part of the issue... the engineers at Holden & Ford didn't think they'd rust either so ZERO rust prevention was undertaken, lots of metal was left raw & unpainted if it couldn't be seen. Also they never expected people 50 years on to still have a desire to own them... so they only needed them to last 3-5 years till you bought the new model
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      • #33
        Speaking of rust... lets get her ready for stripping... so out with the engine & trans again. If I had a dollar for every time I'd pulled this engine in or out I'd have.... well $3 actually, so not much of a retirement plan..

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        We're into spring finally here & the weather is looking up so I've decided to do the paint (read bog) removal outdoors


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        • #34
          Right so we know that the drivers side of the upper cowl is bad where it joins to the window channel...

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          Lets take bets on how good the passenger side is.... hmmmm 6-7mm of bog you say, well that can only be hiding pristine metal I'm sure

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          WTAF! some muppets just shouldn't be let near a car... I mean they just bogged in the holes, no advanced repair techniques here like balled up paper, fiberglass or chicken wire... nope just pure Bogatti & if you're going to cover it in that much bog why not weld in some new metal... I mean it's not like you even have to get the shape close if you're going to sculpt the fecking body line out of bog afterwards. Who in their right minds does this & then drives the car at speed.... sorry.. rant over


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          Found out why the drivers side door sagged when opened... on a positive note the door hinge is probably fine & doesn't need to be rebuilt... in other unrelated news, the B-pillar is cracked when the support plate for the hinge bolts up. I have seen this on other Utes of this era so I guess its a common weak spot


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          • #35
            Time to play a game... a game I like to call rust roulette or bog bingo maybe, you choose. The idea is that I walk around the car & look at areas that I'm convinced will be bogged over rust under the paint... then I grind the paint & presumably bog to see just how bad it is... I'd already repaired the Passenger side lower B pillar & we know that the drivers side lower B pillar is just as bad... but lets play....

            Drivers side lower A pillar.. yep bog & rust...

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            Passenger side lower A pillar... nope, all good actually

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            Passenger side sill panel... yep

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            • #36
              Drivers side sill panel... yep, pretty bad actually

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              Passenger side roof

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              Drivers side roof

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              Those roof repairs will be fun...
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              • #37
                Got a bit of time this afternoon & got the drivers side back to bare metal... there are a lot of off dents & little rust holes all over this shell

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                • #38
                  Got the rest of the cab stripped back now

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                  This uncovered a new horror "repair" to the front of the sill

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                  Again... I'm not trying to claim that I'm any good at this stuff, I mean I'm not metal finishing panels... anything I work on will still need .5mm-1mm of bog skimmed over it.. but WTAF... these guys saw this hole & filled it with silicone that then then smoothed out & bogged over that...

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                  The people who sold this Ute claimed it had been lovingly restored.... well may a hive of flesh eating termites infest their rectums

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                  • #39
                    The cowl is pretty good other that the two edges I showed above

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                    The roof itself (again other that the horrors shown above) is ok

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                    Someone has cut out the small hole that the roof aerial would have had & welded in a patch of steel... I'm assuming not the previous owners as they'd have used paper & bog I'm sure


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                    Next steps will be to fire up the A-Team montage music & break out the grinder with a cutting disk this time & cut all the cancer out of the old girl

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                    • #40
                      I’m surprised you’re not calling all those old repairs “bush fixes”, Dave. Keep the updates coming, always nice to the see the progress.
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                      • #41
                        No... I wouldn't insult Bush Mechanics in that way... A Bush fix is normally a very cleaver & inventive way of fixing a mechanical issue when due to your remote location you have access to neither the right parts or tools.... these guys lived a few minutes drive from a major town & as such their decision to "repair" the Ute this way wasn't born of necessity.

                        I do wonder now if they repaired the Ute this way out of greed as the plan was to paint it & flip it ASAP to get as much cash as they could for it or if they actually were of the impression that they'd done a good job here & were sad when they had to sell their beloved Ute...

                        Also I spent a bit of time in the outback back in the 00's & Bush Mechanics don't tend to do any rust fixes... they see them as speed holes, rust is lighter than carbon fibre after all.. if this Ute had been properly out bush then it would be driving looking just like it is now cab only with no hanging panels & if the roof rust got too bad then they'd just chop the roof off
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                        • #42
                          Took to the Ute today with the grinder & the plasma cutter to remove the first sections of rust I plan on attacking... the drivers side lower B pillar, this will be a copy of the repair I did on the passenger side earlier on in this thread...

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                          The sill top & the inside sections will again need to be worked too

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                          Then I moved onto the passenger side roof rust... cut that out & now we can see that the superstructure behind is rotten too... so that gets cut out too... I'll have to replace that first with some thicker 1.6mm plate I have before I replace the section of roof skin with 1.2


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                          • #43
                            Then went to the drivers side roof rust... cut that out, same issue with the superstructure but this time the cut to fix the roof skin rust isn't big enough to get to the issues behind so it needed to be enlarged


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                            Once I have the repairs done on these bits then my plan is to inside the cab & unpick & remove this central panel that will give me access to the rest of that superstructure to see if it needs any attention & means I don't need to cut anymore holes in the roof as no one wants that...


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                            • #44
                              This is going to be an exercise on metal origami as it's rather complex in how the different layers join up... once the superstructure is done then the metal that would have come up from the Qtr panel needs to be made & that attaches to the superstructure & then the new roof skin needs to be made to come down over that repair piece that comes up... then the drip rail needs to be reattached to the roof skin... this will be tricky I'm sure... to try & explain the overlaps better see the pics below, I'll aim for slightly better tolerances on the finished article

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                              • #45
                                Right well cutting out rust is fun but at some point you have to start putting new steel in... or just fill the hole with a kilo of bog, either/or really. I had some 3.5mm plate laying about so I patched the inner structure with that, not fussed with how this bit looks for obvious reasons... it should never be seen again.


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                                I forgot to take pics of the shaping process & some of the tools I use, but I'll be doing the passenger side tomorrow so I'll capture that then... started roughing in the shape of the patch

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                                Then started slowly tacking it in.... you have to be super careful with welding roofs, it's very very easy to warp them from putting too much heat in.

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