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    Default 11BL Rusty Firewall

    Here is what the firewall of my 11BL looks like with the battery tray removed. As far as I know there are no patch panels available so I will have to reconstruct it from sheet metal. Does anyone have some photos of what it should look like?



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    Yes sheet metal work is required! You already have enough left of the original to work out how to make the replacements. The forward lower edge bends down and blends with the metal to either side.
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    1951 11BL RHD battery box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenM View Post
    1951 11BL RHD battery box.
    Your pics show the detail better than the one I posted Allen!
    How is the car coming along?
    Mine is almost finished. I just have to fit the front seat back covers and make some brackets to mount indicators on the bumper bar irons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrypro View Post
    Yes sheet metal work is required! You already have enough left of the original to work out how to make the replacements. The forward lower edge bends down and blends with the metal to either side.
    That is looking fantastic :dance Do you have any current piccies of your restoration
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    Those pics give a good reason for either having a plastic tray or stainless insert to protect from the battery acid before rather than after the event!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenfuego View Post
    Those pics give a good reason for either having a plastic tray or stainless insert to protect from the battery acid before rather than after the event!.

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    There is a steel tray that encases part of both sides, the back and the base of the battery. It sits into the recess that you can see, and the battery sits inside it! Even so a neglected sulphating battery can eat through the insert tray and then the body recess that the tray fits into. Therefore the moral is:- maintain the battery and make sure the metal of the body work and tray are well protected. CTA sell new trays that are of very good quality.
    I have included a photo showing the tray in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrypro View Post
    There is a steel tray that encases part of both sides, the back and the base of the battery. It sits into the recess that you can see, and the battery sits inside it! Even so a neglected sulphating battery can eat through the insert tray and then the body recess that the tray fits into. Therefore the moral is:- maintain the battery and make sure the metal of the body work and tray are well protected. CTA sell new trays that are of very good quality.
    I have included a photo showing the tray in place.
    My sentiments also Gerry, it is hard to weld in patches after the event when there is vulnerable to heat, wiring in the vicinity, done that a few times in the past (very carefully!)

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    Thanks for the photos everyone. It looks like I will need to break out the bead roller for those missing side panels....
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    you're just showing off your amazing resto Gerry, looks stunning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by citroenthusiast View Post
    Thanks for the photos everyone. It looks like I will need to break out the bead roller for those missing side panels....
    Yes the bead roller will be necessary to make the ribs in the back panel and the side panels. The floor of the battery box is completely flat. I have no doubt that when you finish the job that it will take an expert to distinguish between repaired and original panels.
    I am waiting to see the out come of your work John!
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    Quote Originally Posted by forumnoreason View Post
    you're just showing off your amazing resto Gerry, looks stunning!
    No, not showing it off. I have kept this one pretty much under wraps as it is probably the last resto I will ever do. Only a few people have seen it as yet.
    It was necessary to post pictures of the battery box, otherwise the pics would not have been posted.
    Thanks for your comment. It is appreciated.
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    That is a nice looking car! Great work.
    Good to see that I am not the only one who puts rages on top their car stands.



    Quote Originally Posted by gerrypro View Post
    There is a steel tray that encases part of both sides, the back and the base of the battery. It sits into the recess that you can see, and the battery sits inside it! Even so a neglected sulphating battery can eat through the insert tray and then the body recess that the tray fits into. Therefore the moral is:- maintain the battery and make sure the metal of the body work and tray are well protected. CTA sell new trays that are of very good quality.
    I have included a photo showing the tray in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrypro View Post
    Your pics show the detail better than the one I posted Allen!
    How is the car coming along?
    Mine is almost finished. I just have to fit the front seat back covers and make some brackets to mount indicators on the bumper bar irons.
    Gerry,
    Work on my 11bl has been on hold for a couple of years due to the fact I bought a rather sad (mechanically) 51 Big Six which is now on the road. It is about time I got back to the resto. that has been going on (and off) for 40 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenM View Post
    Gerry,
    Work on my 11bl has been on hold for a couple of years due to the fact I bought a rather sad (mechanically) 51 Big Six which is now on the road. It is about time I got back to the resto. that has been going on (and off) for 40 years.
    Nice potential in that Big6. Cannot tell from the Pic! Is it 'Malle Platte' or 'Malle Bombe'?
    Your 11BL sounds a lot like the story of mine! I bought mine as a completely clapped out unit in 1973, the year I got married. It was supposed to be a car for my wife to drive. The body was OK except for the boot floor and surrounding panels, but every mechanical component was absolutely shot, as was the interior, paintwork, front guards etc. Forty-seven years later and it is almost ready for the road! Yayyyyyy!
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    I think you had a pre-war bonnet for it Gerry? But decided not too use it ?
    I can't wait to see it. it will be basically a new traction. A rare sight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trading Estate View Post
    I think you had a pre-war bonnet for it Gerry? But decided not too use it ?
    I can't wait to see it. it will be basically a new traction. A rare sight!
    I'm hoping he painted both ..... so can choose whichever he feels like. Maybe change it each time he changes the battery
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