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> Getting down and dirty, Fettling the underside
Fred Oldham
post 15 Jul 2016, 13:51
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Those of you who read my thread on the fitting of seat-belts, will remember my delight at finding the inner and outer sills showing no signs of rust. Well, this week I decided to start cleaning and checking out the rest of the underside for signs of corrosion. Again, I am pleased to say that only the lightest of surface rust was present on the more exposed areas under the front wings.Attached File  image.jpeg ( 1.58MB ) Number of downloads: 0

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post 15 Jul 2016, 13:59
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The thin layer of muck was on top of a coating of wax. Because the paint was so good I can only think that this was applied by the first owner from new. I don't know what brand of stuff was used, but I am very impressed.
Having scraped and cleaned the panels, I gave them a good thick coat of my favourite Hammerite. In view of Christine's now cosseted life, I don't think any further treatment will be needed.Attached File  image.jpeg ( 1.42MB ) Number of downloads: 0

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post 15 Jul 2016, 14:06
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I have also cleaned and released all the fixing bolts that secure the off-side front wing, with a view to its removal later to finish the cleaning and painting process. The other three wings will then get the same treatment. The car has survived so well for 60 years that I feel duty bound to do everything I can to ensure it goes for the next sixty.
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post 15 Jul 2016, 20:15
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My point of view entirely Fred. People spend so much time and effort polishing the bits you can see. If more people had looked after their car's undies in the past there would be a lot more decent motors on the road now.

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post 16 Jul 2016, 09:54
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Just an aside, how do the membership numbers work? I see that there is a difference of 10k between Myke and myself.
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post 16 Jul 2016, 12:00
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The membership numbers started @ 501..(Wolseley chassis numbers also did this). Nishka will explain the rest.... ( I copped out there)!
The Numbers refer to people who have joined the forum whether they be active or not, and back numbers are not re-allocated is my guess.
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post 16 Jul 2016, 16:47
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So, if they start at 501 how come yours is 211? Methinks you are no wiser than I.
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post 16 Jul 2016, 17:06
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Forum membership numbers simply run consecutively. There are something like 2,800 members. We delete four out of five membership requests due to spammers and others with malicious intent. Unfortunately, the act of registering assigns a membership number, which we can't reclaim when a request is deleted.

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post 16 Jul 2016, 20:01
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Ok, enough of the numbers distraction, back to the undies. While the wheels were off I took the opportunity to clean off years of muck. This is the best so far, but this the original paint. Outstanding!Attached File  image.jpeg ( 1.18MB ) Number of downloads: 0

I took a before and after picture of the rear arch. Owners of severely corroded land crabs look away now.Attached File  image.jpeg ( 1.34MB ) Number of downloads: 0

Just a scrape and and rub with thinners.
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post 16 Jul 2016, 22:50
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QUOTE (Fred Oldham @ 16 Jul 2016, 17:47 ) *
So, if they start at 501 how come yours is 211? Methinks you are no wiser than I.


Yes...sorry Fred...my mistake, I was mixing my numbers......I hould have checked first-----and didn't! I think that is two pints I owe you now.
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post 16 Jul 2016, 23:52
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QUOTE (Fred Oldham @ 16 Jul 2016, 21:01 ) *
Owners of severely corroded land crabs look away now.

Just at the moment, the blue one isn't rusty at all. Apart from the surface rust on both o/s doors and the bit down by the front bumper. Ho hum.

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Long may it stay that way Mr P.
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post 25 Feb 2017, 15:50
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Just so you know that I haven't completely forgotten this thread, I did finish undoing and oiling all the fixings on the other front wing too. The only thing that stops me from removing it is the brittle insulation on the wiring to the lights. After Christine's** impending visit to the NEC I'll chance it and take the opportunity to rewire the lights.

I say Christine, but I am working towards Effie making the trip instead. She just needs the benefit having glass in the rear window and a long proving drive.

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