Well "Elsie" will not be returning to the road anytime soon as the quotes for the rear sill repairs are coming in at rather alarming rates and so we will not be getting her MOT within the next month at least. Her current one expires in September, in 3 weeks really, but with the other expenses already laid out or committed too there is none available for the sill repairs.
So we can crack on with sorting out her damaged bumpers. Due to a "Brain Fat moment" she now needs a rear bumper and some straightening of teh wheel arch extension.
As per norm the two 17mm headed bumper bolts are rusted solidily in place in the crash cans so we removed the bumper complete witht eh crash cans:-
So hopefully we can get at the bolts to free them up. If not then it's replace the cans I suppose.
Rust to clean off and treat then it's protect time. As both rear arches have flaking paint issues along with the assocaited rust the plan is to attack them with a flap wheel and see just how bad they are and if i can repair them myself and thus save a bit of money which can then go towards the structural sill repairs especially the O/S one :-
Which is BAD! yes it was filled over by some "Muppet" before I acquired her. Although she passed her test last year no problems apart from emissions which required a new CAT and O2 sensor.
Meanwhile the ole noggin is working overtime on ideas for her paint on the repairs. She needs a replacement front bumper due to the repair that has split again. More previous owners handiwork! ...................................... Sooooooooooooo have been wondering what bright yellow would look like on both bumpers and the intake vents/scoops and a tapered stripe from the vents forwards towards the front arch. Need photoshopping to see how it migth look. The previous Silver bit then will be redone in the same bright yellow.