Peter arrived here in Brisbane yesterday after his epic journey from Perth in his AK400 2CV Viking van. The distance was about 4200k's
I will take a picture of the van tomorrow actually.
As you can see from all the pictures, a 2CV can certainately hide rust very well
Peter first started on the windscreen frame, removal of the old one & reinforcing the boxtubing the screen sits on. There were a few holes in it.
The new windscreen panel incorporates the bonnet hinge & goes half way up the windcreen pillar.
Peter has it pretty much ready to be welded in however we are getting the new firewall panel in correct alignment before proceeding.
Every face of metal is being prepared & painted with POR15 as we go along.
There are lots of faces that are sealed away from view & access on these cars.
With the windscreen panel sitting in comfortably, Peter removed the upper firewall.
The metal in these cars is so thin!!!!
I created all the metal replacement pieces & new upper firewall from a sheet of 1mm using an angle grinder. This is a bit more rigid but also does weigh more.
The new upper firewall does not have all the ridges & bumps like the original but I'll add these later using bog Gotta be perfect.
Using the old upper firewall as a template, we copied all the holes onto the new firewall for cutting or drilling out. Some of the cuts & holes need to be exact!
Peter removed the lower firewall late this afternoon. This is easily replaced with a pre-made panel that Peter stocks. With this gone it was apparent that both sills are rotten & need to be replaced as well. Both floor panels are being renewed because it's easier & cleaner than replacing the front quarters.
Tomorrow we are hoping the windscreen panel, upper firewall, lower firewall/ pedal floor will be all welded in as we need this to support the body when the floors & sills are removed.
Hope my sentences are OK as I am a bit knackered & it's late
I changed the picture uploading conditions to suit myself to have all 41 images from today in one post too