Thursday, 20 August 2015

Getting the Sov back on the road, part 2

So I had to get the Forty to the garage for an MOT, easier said than done as it's not easy to get out of the driveway! The road where I live still hasn't been surfaced and is at a significantly lower level to the driveway, plus the Sov is very low on it's shorter springs. This meant I had to make a makeshift ramp to stop the underside bottoming out on the kurb!

I've now got the '40 back from the MOT garage, it's not too bad to be honest! Not as bad as last time, thankfully a few of the problems have fixed themselves whilst it's been sat in the garage over the last year... a nice result. So these are the fail areas...

Nearside inner rear (sill to) subframe mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded.
Offside inner rear (sill to) subframe mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded.
Offside outer rear (sill to) subframe mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded.
Nearside outer rear (wheel arch to) subframe mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded.
Offside inner rear (wheel arch to) subframe mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded.

So the back end needs quite a bit of welding basically. I asked the chap what it would cost, he said maybe £300, but it depends how much metal needs to be cut out and replaced out course. The only advisory was: nearside front floor corroded - so want to get that done at the same time too. The only downer is that he's not going to be able to start any work until the end of the month as he's going on holiday soon...
I may look at finding some decent body sections that have been chopped out of a breaker as it may save a lot of fabrication work. I'm very much looking forward to getting it done and the '40 back on the road now. I really need to continue to keep it garaged in future so it doesn't deteriorate furthe...

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