Post by blackpopracing on Aug 12, 2019 9:58:26 GMT
Bit of both.
Caught the front on the ground in the campsite so its split all the paint on the bottom of the front spoiler - so a fairly major job of repairs there.
Just as I got home it smelt of petrol, parked on drive and them moved it into garage - big wet puddle of fuel on floor and it was pouring out of the side of the tank. Managed to undo the fuel hose & run fuel pump to empty tank into the Mondeo - garage stinks of petrol now
Pulled tank last night & there is a 100mm fracture down the weld, welder had only 'fused' the panels together so very little penetration. Will ask work if they will re-weld it, I cleaned the tank & popped a flame in it last night to burn off vapours and with the big acces holes in it it will not explode - but they may refuse to do it anyway.
Jeez, sorry to hear that Blackpaps. I havent been checking in on RR much lately so I missed all this. Hope you get it sorted, and top marks in the meantime for facing adversity and still managing to conjure up the phrase "bumhats" in the midst of it (It made me laugh anyway )
Post by blackpopracing on Aug 12, 2019 21:45:13 GMT
Yeah, fuel tank could have been a lot more inconvenient or dangerous.
Tank was out in less than 20 mins, I designed stuff for easy access
It's been in the car all day and I just pulled it out and it barely smells of fuel, so most likely safe to weld.
Shows the power of epoxy primer, fuel soon got under the metallic and damaged the clearcoat but it has not affected the primer at all. (rust stuff is the media blasting compound - it's still falling out of god knows where!!)
close up shows the split in the weld;
And the damage to the front of the car - not too easy to see but there are about 12 splits in it
Is the damage those parallel 'vertical' black hairlines? Hard to know on my phone if they are cracks or reflections off the ceiling.
If cracks though that's probably quite a job to repair versus one long horizontal crack, but maybe easier to retain the shape I imagine as the area seems to have mostly returned to normal shape albeit with surface cracks.
Last Edit: Aug 12, 2019 21:56:41 GMT by quatermass
I guess the problem with the fuel tank is how good is the rest of it? it looks like he has cleaned the weld back to a perfect finish and taken most of the strength with it, I often wonder how much strength is left when welds are ground back like this.
It might be worth pressurising it to something like 1 bar and tapping around all the welds with a mallet to see if you can start any more cracks before you but it back in.
Most production cars mount the lip on weak clips deliberately so they pull off without damaging the bumper, is that something you could consider?