I've started dismantling the 2CV in light of the chassis rotting internally.
Handling was suffering:
Visual inspection before pulling apart shows little evidence of rust but clearly the integrity of the chassis rails had been compromised!
- Steering clamp catching on the firewall & generally steering heavier than normal.
- "A" Panel guards squeaking going over speed bumps due to the chassis flexing.
- No suspension travel on the front due to the portion of chassis in front of the firewall bending unwards, in turn bringing the bump stop limit downwards.
- Plus other funny sensations while cornering over a bump & breaking.
There is a ripple, a hollow & a fold, & even towards the end, a tear. It was the same on both sides. The floor also came away due to rust along a weld seam, which was probably taking the strain for a while hiding these symptoms.
The plan is to move onto a galvanised chassis, have the floor & all other rust outbreaks repaired, & respray some panels (or perhaps nearly all) myself, with some help & guidance.
I started work on it yesterday arvo.
The body will be off tomorrow. It appears the last welding dude welded some of the body to the chassis!