more updates....we removed the tank to gain better cleaning access to boot in order for cleaning out the dirty engine the previous owner had sprayed everywhere( which i'm thankful for now!) The tank i thoiught might be empty but it wasnt- 20 litres of the 80's finest gold...but it was ornage..and smelt funny. still- its now being happily burnt in our little honda genny. seems fine!
The tank is great condition too. which is nice as finding a good rx3 tank in blighty would be tricky!
....Not so rusty now- i have finally finished both screen surrounds now
My workmate owed me some time so out with a bucket of petrol and i sent him into the deepest darkest regions of the boot. Its all covered in old engine oil- 2 hours later and it wasnt! sweet! and no rust anywhere (spots of surface which don't count..) so i'm well happy bout that!
Rx3's are prone to a bit of boot rot and its one less headache to think about.
Hayden turned up mid day with some rx3 bits and pieces- including some various rear bumpers. The one on car was buggered- really heavy pitting on the chrome. Now I have a selection to choose from. Cheers Hayden!
Sat night hannah and I turned the car around and I'm now set on sorting the manky sills. They are both rotten at the front where the water has run down the A posts and sat in them. The Innner sills are alright really- just a couple of patches needed (I say that now but wait till the grinder coomes out and sets to work....) and then its jack the car right up and prepare for hot underseal and various other welding slag into my ears ;D
Sunday morning- snow! and my brother over with his pushbike wanting work done on it meant not alot done on rx3.
End of the day I dug through the bumpers and picked out the best rear one- i couldnt face laying on the ground welding so thought I'd polish something instead. meanwhile hannah set to work cleaning up the headlight brackets, bowls and mounting hardware. the bumper has come up good- what surface rust there was actually came off with a stanley blade to reveal shiny chrome underneath!
yeah- the rust neutralizer seems to work well- better than crust- 2 coats and it hardens really well! flattens out nicely too. me...work for Bilt hamber?...nah...i'm a pushbike mechanic!
started on sills last night- and the offside one is not too bad- the nearside even better!!!! cool- cos I hate welding under cars! mY friend has just lost sight in one eye last when grinding last week under his mini- hes in horsepiddle right now getting an asessment on how bad it is. he did have googles on but some bits just sneaked through a tiny gap! be warned.
God i still so want an RX3 !!! I remember the 1st time i clapped eyes on onein 1997 in Western Australia.... It was purple with gold rims and the maddest exhaust id ever seen!i remember then thinking it was the coolest car id ever seen! I got chatting to the owner who had put a perpherial ported 13b which howled like a banchee... God it was quick...
They say you don't forget your 1st experience in a rotor... i certainly haven't! I was hunting for one when my datsun came up for sale... i originally only brought as it was a similar shape !
After getting back from Exile old school meet with some bits and pieces I cracked on with the car. I got aother boot lid- but with less rust. and a nose cone which I think is new old stock- just covered in surface rust- thanks very much Ant!!! I plonked the nose cone in place straight away just for a look- I cant wait to get to the point where it goes on for good!
Back to the yucky jobs then. I jacked the car up and began cutting out the rust in drivers side footwell/inner sill. Not too bad and easy staright lines- no curves or funny shapes. good! Its obvious that it rusted out from inside the footwell first- water running down from leaky screen took care of that.
The outer sill had fairly bad rot so I just cut the whole lot away back to solid metal. My bucket of old rx3 metal which i'll seel on trade me in NZ is getting fuller.
Out with the sheet steel and jigsaw and let in fresh steel- very satisfying! There was a little hole in floor pan right where left heel rests so the got cut out too.
out side and under the car- with earplugs in to stop welding slag going into my ears- lovely job.. legs going numb and neck aching from holding head up to see through helmet. F--king hate having to weld under cars! At least while I was under there I had a good look about and the underside is solid!!- lots of surface rust but all good. even the spring hangers and chassis rails are sound. Cracks under seat mounts on drivers side but I removed it- put a plate down and welded it all up- now more solid than new.
I had to rebuild the front sections of the sills where they were non existant- has I rebuilt them I primed the insides with neutraliser and will wax it all heavily to help for future bombardments.
I thought I had done all there was to be done on this side till I noticed some swelling under the door catch- f--k! I quickly checked the other side but it was ok! Phew. so I had no choice but to cut it out has ist was not going to go away! The fella I bought the car from had said that one side of the car had been subject to the elements in certain weather and I think water had worked its way down between the skins. so off with the skin and fortunately it was only the outer that was rotten. I carefully let in new steel and ground the welds flat.
And after it was all done then over to the otherside. ahhhhhhh. the passenger side had rusted in almost exactly the same places- including the hole in the floor. water had run along a seam and sat in a low point- which will now be heavily painted.
So it was back upside down under the car - more slag in hair burning away and burns on arms from bits rolling down sleeves. bliss.
But once it was all done it was time to move car out and turn it around....
...and start on rear sections of sills plus the rear arches. This is what I have been doing today- when I wasnt going out for a ride on the new motorbike..... as it was bloody hot today I didnt fancy wearing overalls but had to or suffer lots of mini burns- jolly pain in the backside. cant wait till welding is all down. The rear sills looked ok at first glance but typically I peeled back the old repairs and discovered lots of rot. Nothing else but to cut it all out! which I did. I chopped off the outeer skin carefully so I could refit it later after fixing the guts.
heres some hidden rot....
just earlier I welded the skin back on in place and once I have capped the sill I can sort some rust out at top point on arch...then the rust at bottom rear. heaven......
I started waxing the sills but will do the majority of the waxing once its all welded. This Bilt hamber stuff flows really well and creeps deep into the crevices. It has really effective rust neutralisers and inhibitors.
More soon- hopefully all the welding will be done very soon but next weekend is a weekend of mountainbiking so car will be put on hold.