Merry Christmas everyone, and a happy new year.
Christmas time means many things to many people, giving, love, hope, faith. But to a small number of people it means some quality time off under the car to get some work done.
I popped in to do some work on the Jetta today after Adam telling me that the rear beam needed to come off so he could weld up the chassis leg behind the mounting point on the drivers side thanks to some 30 year old rot. So I dropped in to get the old beam off (it wont be going back on) and help free up access to the rear arches for Adam to finish up the welding on them too.
Adam has been busy over the last couple of weeks, getting the drivers foot well, inner sill, outer sill and rear arch pretty much finished. He is off to New Zealand on the 7th of Jan, so we need to speed up the repairs so the majority can be done before he disappears (and I am left to weld the old girl).
Here is his progress on the drivers side,
Here is the beam, nice and rusty. (coilover was removed and put in a safe place).
With the rear beam off we decided to have a little look at the underside of the old girl to see what else there was in store for us. Most of it looked pretty good, though some investigation into the fuel filler pipe and cap uncovered some less than great surprises.
Not an uncommon issue, but not one I was expecting. But oh well, not the end of the world, and the new parts are already ordered. To make the task of removing the filler pipe a little easier, and to get something else done we whipped off the petrol tank and gave it a clean out.
Under the tank was actually really clean, with the surrounding areas just suffering from some surface rust. This will be cleaned up and sealed once everything is off the car.
Lastly, on the hunt for any more rust we took off the rear bumper to see what was underneath. There was some bubbling rust at the bottom of the rear panel, but I knew about that already. The biggest (and more amusing) find was the rear bumper itself. I think it has seen better days and I am not sure I will be using is again lol.
Well, after the morning of rusty fun and surprises we decided to go to the driving range and smack some balls. Adam is planning on getting the rest of the welding done on the sills and arches tomorrow, then we can work out the new areas over the next week.