Rust is so boring !
Spent most of Paddy’s day taking care of more rust. I blasted the pipe in a cabinet then washed it with brake cleaner and etch primed it. Hopefully with another coat of primer and a couple of coats of satin black it will hold it for few more years.. Did the same with the tank, but used a wire wheel to prep it. Tedious work but worth it.
Progress has been slow lately but she’s nearly ready for the underpinnings. The rusty edge formed on the fuel tank where a peice of factory applied prorective trim was applied to prevent the loom getting damaged, which provided the perfect moisture trap ( rust seed ). By the time I’d ground the rust off it was right up to the tank’s welded seam.
I have a choice of 3 b20s, the one I know well has over 180k on it and uses a little water but is fine otherwise, it has had the head off before.
These other 2 came to me with no history. The “brown” one has 150 k and came out of the automatic shell that I’m using for the rebuild. The clean one came from a manual 4 door with 139k.
I was surprised to see the clean head on this one, it looks like it’s new or reconditioned maybe?
Front end wash.
Here’s a shot of the donor car on the ramp “sans gubbins” and the rear sub as it landed on the floor. The rear beam bushes were so knackered that it literally dropped off!
The old pipes were in a bad way, but they scrubbed up ok, I cleaned all the clips too. Much cheaper than replacing everything.
Jaysus ! 450 euro doesn’t go very far. At least Dick Turpin wore a mask when he robbed people.
All bushing replaced washed and greased just need new trailing arm bolts and it’ll be going back in.
Here’s how it ended up at the fuel filter end.