Rear bulkhead – pt 2

Rather a late update as I’m now tackling the toe boards but the rear bulkhead is temporarily in position. Due to the lack of good edges to align panels to I’m taking a cautious approach and only welding what I have to initially and using Cleco clips where possible.

Here is the rear bulkhead repair section clipped in place.

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..and this is the interior view where it has been partially welded.  There is nothing holding the sills at the rear so there isn’t really any strength in the side of the car, but fortunately the transmission tunnel is sound so hopefully when the sill is removed from the front it will still hold together.

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Yes, I know there is no cut out for the spring hanger box section but at this stage I had no reference point as to where it goes.

The final picture for today shows the inner rear bulkhead clipped into place. Also the spring hanger section has been fitted and held in with Cleco clips and a repair section along the top of the bulkheads has been tacked into place.  When I’m happy everything aligns ok then they will be welded into place.

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I have already started cutting the toe board away but no pictures yet so that will have to wait for another day.

Rear bulkhead

Managed a couple of hours slowly removing the offside rear bulkhead.  It has been slow progress due to the number of patch repairs in the past and I wanted to retain some reference points for aligning the replacement panels.

Good job I’ve a tiled floor in the garage – it will feature in a lot of photos for the time being.

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The plan is to make a replacement rear outer bulkhead. I have a replacement inner panel and a new spring hanger box section plus floor pan.  Lots more cutting away and rest removal before I even get close to fitting in a new panel.

Finally Stripped

Work has been slow on stripping the Midget as I’ve been doing other task to create some space in the workshop.  Today I’ve finally stripped the last of the easily removable stuff from the chassis and there are just a few clips and bits left in place – plus the window glass and mechanisms.

The body is in a bad way and there is plenty of evidence of a bodged refurb that I suspect was done about 10 years ago.  Plenty of hard filler in the floor pan to cover the holes and lots of underbody seal to hide the bodge.

I’ve been buying new panels ( sills, floor pans and cross members ) but more are required. Just glad there is no race against time to get this done.

Here is a selection of photos of the situation as it stands.

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Stripping the Midget

I’ve been slowly stripping the Midget over the last week and I’m now starting to see the scale of the task ahead. It’s is rather fortunate that I do like welding but the problem I can see is what to weld the new panels to.  The A and B posts are in a bad way where they meet the sills. The floor isn’t joined to the sills and there are substantial holes under the pedals. The rear spring hangers on the bulkhead have been repaired badly in the past so they need replacing, and so the list goes on.

Anyway,  a few pictures of the state so far.

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New Toy

Today (13th March 2011) I took delivery of my latest project but quite why I chose this car is unsure. I was at Race retro the other week and tried out a race Midget for size and was surprised that I fitted fine. One week later and I’m on ebay and bidding on a 1970 car that was “for spares or restoration”.  Worryingly this car was on the road in the summer of 2009 but there are holes in the floor, sills, A posts, B posts, wheel arches – and that is before I strip anything off it.  Over the next few days I’ll be organising the shed so that there is space to work on the Midget before I get cracking on it and get to see what is salvageable.

One good thing I’ve already noticed is that there is more headroom in the Midge than the TVR S3. Legroom isn’t quite as good but with some GRP seats that issue can be resolved.  Here’s a shot of the interior – and this is the best part of the car!

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First job is to sort out the paper work and get the V5C and V890 to DVLA.  Time for a stiff drink now.