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Offline Doive

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Chevette - rusty sills
« on: Jun 17, 2009, 13:49:02 »
Started removing the interior trim from my hatch, ironically to do some rustproofing at the weekend, and was most disappointed to find the rear of the sills and the upright panels just below the rear seat squab were rusted through. The rear of the sills have gone soft and spongy, while the uprights inside the rear wings (if you know what I mean) have completely gone. I know outer sill panels are available from Dr Manta in Germany, but are these available in the UK? I seem to remember Hadrian's did sill panels but the quality was slightly suspect. I'm guessing the upright bits are NLA. How difficult is this likely to be, as I have never welded anything before, and would much rather do it myself than pay a bodyshop a small fortune to do the work. I have access to a good welder and plently of tools, so that shouldn't be an issue.

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Offline Mad Max A.K.A. Mal

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Re: Chevette - rusty sills
« Reply #1 on: Jun 17, 2009, 19:12:07 »
That's a bit of a downer . . as for how difficult . . have a look at my "rust hunt" blog, I bought a mig and although I'd used gas welders 20 years ago I had zero experience with a mig, all the panels I've used have been cut from sheet steel. Ideally use cardboard first to make a template and then cut the steel to match, measure twice and cut once is good advice. ;)

I've spent loads of time over the last two weeks welding and whilst it was suspect at first I would say I'm pretty damn good now.

There is loads of welding advice on here also - and it's well worth a watch.

http://www.mig-welding.co.uk/learning-mig.htm

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Re: Chevette - rusty sills
« Reply #2 on: Jun 17, 2009, 20:13:27 »
sills occasionally come up for sale on ebay, or perhaps billing may be possible place to get them.

It all depends how soon you need them i suppose.

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Re: Chevette - rusty sills
« Reply #3 on: Jun 17, 2009, 22:56:52 »
sills are quite popular on ebay i have seen a few fly around  :)

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Re: Chevette - rusty sills
« Reply #4 on: Jun 18, 2009, 13:59:28 »
Thanks guys. Sadly I won't be making it to Billing this year, much as I would like to! MoT is up in the middle of August, so hopefully that gives me a few weeks to try getting this sorted out. Disappointed really isn't a strong enough word... I thought my little car was one of the best Chevettes left, but it just goes to show the dreaded rust can hide and work it's devastation in all sorts of places...  :(

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Re: Chevette - rusty sills
« Reply #5 on: Jun 18, 2009, 14:44:01 »
I wouldn't be too downhearted, the dreaded rust can attack anywhere and usually in a Chevette Its where it can't be seen (I think I've repaired nearly every area on mine). Totally solid unpainted cars are becoming a bit of a rarity but given where the work is required then most of it will be covered once repaired anyway. The only advice I would give is make sure you cut out all the rust, and then treat it liberally with something like Jenolite, Dintrol or Kurust to keep it at bay in the future. Why don't you start a blog and we can see what your dealing with and you may well find others have dealt with rust in the same places and can offer advice on solutions and the easiest way to repiar it.

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Re: Chevette - rusty sills
« Reply #6 on: Jun 21, 2009, 09:58:00 »
I got an outer sill from my local panel supplier, took some persuading to fit but it's on there :)

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