- Manchester UK
Hi Dcal,Thanks @Exuptoy
You've been quiet on the project front recently, have you anything on the go?
With the corners finished next was the bit that normally goes on these Alfa's, the heater air intake vents.
As @bricol has said the drain pipe clogs and water get trapped in the area until it rots through to the cabin.
With everything stripped out access is pretty good but the patches required are all awkward shapes.
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First job was to repair the closure panel
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I then cut out the rot in the bulk head and made a patch.
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And welded it in. I needed to re-weld the dash brackets that came out with the patch but were in good shape.
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Next is the small panel that holds the air intake vent
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Then spot blast and clean up the panels
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And start to put it back together
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My bulkhead is quite bad looking at it from the engine bay, the shroud turned to dust and even the vent cutout is bad, that part that the drain tube held onto had dissolved some time ago. so it looks bad but the wing ends around the hinge from the outside at least look ok, I'll know for sure when I get the dash out. I intend to do the cut to the scuttle to give me access but I don't want to go as far as you went, taking the screen out and the whole shroud is getting in deeper than I'm comfortable with, I'm even hoping to keep the engine in but I do wonder how painful it will be trying to weld whilst lying on the engine.
I don't have the plastic cover but there was this mesh cover that I have kept.Dimensions would be super helpful if it's not to much trouble, I don't suppose you have the template you made for that cover do you?
I'll check later and if I don't still have the template I'll make you one and can post it or could scan and email you a PDF.
Do you have the plastic grill for the air intake? It's a good place to start.
Keeping the screen and engine in place shouldn't be a problem.
I took the screen out to repair some rot to the screen surround and I repaired the bulkhead with the engine in place (Took the engine out later of course)
Thanks @Exuptoy you are putting me to shame with the progress you are making on your Mini.
I must try and get some epoxy and seam-sealer on the inside of the bonnet over the next few days, then I'm away for work.
This working lark does get in the way of our projects.
@fizzy is yours a twin spark?
Is it in one piece?
I might need a photo or two for bits where I've forgot how they go back together.
I'll happily return the favour when you get into the guts of yours.
It doesn’t help that I've another Italian car from the same era that’s been in bits for far longer than this wee quick project.
It even has the same body and trim colours but it's from a different manufacturer.