defeating the arch enemy

Well after a good day out in the sun at the Volksworld show yesterday, it’s given me increased motivation to get my Early Bay Westafalia Camper done as soon as possible!

As you would expect from a USA imported Bay, the lower regions of the bus are pretty good an solid all round (unlike a lot of typical UK buses where normally the lower 6″-12″ suffers badly from rust!), however there were a couple of areas that needed some remedial work to make make a good again.

One area that had suffered a bit from rust perforation was the outer rear arch behind the sliding door.

Outer sill/rear arch has some holes that require attention
Outer sill/rear arch has some holes that require attention

In this instance it made more sense to remove the perforated/rusted section and use a replacement panel to effect the repair. It makes you realise how lucky we are these days that there are an abundance of VW parts suppliers here in the UK, so most parts are still readily available!

So first up the section is cut back to solid OG metal…

Perforated/rusted section cut back to good solid OG metal
Perforated/rusted section cut back to good solid OG metal

Any inner areas that are damaged or affected are also removed…

Damaged inner area also removed
Damaged inner area also removed

The inner area sections are then thoroughly cleaned up and treated with red oxide primer to stop any rust coming back any time soon.

Inner areas all cleaned up to make sure the rust won’t come back anytime soon
Inner areas all cleaned up to make sure the rust won’t come back anytime soon
treated with red oxide primer
treated with red oxide primer

Then new repair section metal is welded back into place and given an initial protective coating of red oxide primer

Replacement metal is welded into place and treated with red oxide primer
Replacement metal is welded into place and treated with red oxide primer

and then the external repair section is finally welded into place and the welds ground flush prior to final finishing work later on.

Replacement section welded into place and welds ground flush ready for final finishing
Replacement section welded into place and welds ground flush ready for final finishing

Nice to see another section of the bus returned to a good solid state again!

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