Today, work has started on the NS front of the car. Usual health warning, scenes of a distressing nature etc. FWIW, I thought this area was reasonably solid, having already been welded. No such luck. Apologies for any impending offence if anyone reading this was responsible for this 'work', but the word 'shoddy' barely scratches the surface. I think anyone who welds in a bit of metal and apparently fails to finish off with a proper anti-corrosion treatment should be emasculated with a pair of rusty gardening shears, preferably blunt.
General view of NSF wheel arch
The patch went in on the inside of the inner wing but the view from inside the wheel arch shows the extent of the rust and clearly there was no treatment or protection for the very part of the inner wing that cops the worst of conditions. Doubtless a goodly application of water, grit and salt has not done the metal any favours, but it might have had a fighting chance with a some treatment?
Here's a close-up on the suspension turret. There's quite a bit of rust, but I'm hoping it's more surface than deep.
I wonder how close I was to hitting a pothole and launching the strut into the bonnet?
NSF suspension turret
This is the front view of the NS sill. Remarkably the inside of the sill looks quite clean and the second picture suggests that it's been waxoyled.
Inside the NS sill
Given the state of the NSF wheel arch, I'm not looking forward to what will be revealed when the OSF wing comes off. I know there is quite a bit of corrosion, so stand by for some more shockers. Rob assures me there will be something left of the original car, but even I am amazed at the extent of the corrosion that is coming to light. At least I'll know that all the new metal welded in will be properly finished off and treated.