Update from this weekend, lots of work however doesn't really look like much!
Replaced the drain in the firewall from the windscreen wipers. For this I decided to go a slightly different path
, instead of using new steel I decided to chop up some bits of the back half of the datto I brought and use that for it
So ended up cutting out just under the rear window which was perfect size for the drain replacement panel. Anyway still need to grind back the welds a bit but it's essentially done. All the curves are in the right places.... I have decided I'm not going to cover it up. With the SR going in I guess the additional clearance here might not be the worst thing in the world. Oh and I just replaced the top half of it, the bottom was fine.
Also fixed part of the rear parcel shelf, previous owner had gone to town drilling out the bolts and making a few additional holes here and there. I have done part of it and will finish the other side next weekend. Will also look at welding in some RHS underneath for a harness mount. Will need to think about that one some more.
Fixed the other hole in the engine bay from the intercooler piping. This one was much trickier than it looks, I had to get the shape just right because it came up the wheel arch as well. I actually made it out of 4 pieces in the end, I'm sure a pro would have knocked it out in 10 mins and 1 piece of steel
Anyway I got there in the end.
Also did some work on the right hand front guard, I will take it to the panel beater tomorrow however I really think I need to replace the bottom sections in the guards. I see you can get them from rare spares. Anyone had any experience with them?
Also a tonne more seam welding. That's a big task in itself, just time consuming, wire brush, scrape, weld, rinse & repeat
All in all a good weekends work, very time consuming and fiddley to get right but I'm happy with the results.
Purchased the s/h maddat fitting kit that was on sale here so will have that on Wednesday, will post some pics once I get it
All feedback welcome.....BTW previous post anyone had feedback on the head gasket?