what you can’t see, gets revealed…

Hidden nasty

With the Early Bay Westfalia SO67 camper interior in the back removed, it is much easier to spot any little areas that have been hidden away that need attention. Fortunately, the main area in the cargo/passenger side was all pretty good and solid and needed virtually no real work at all. However, there was one small area just behind where the fridge/sink unit fits behind the front passenger side of the bulkhead that did require a little work, however.

Small area of rust that needs to get repaired on the bulkhead pillar section
A small area of rust that needs to get repaired on the bulkhead pillar section

Rust repair

So the usual process begins of cutting back the rusted affected area to get back to good solid OG metal, and then cleaning up the area before welding in a replacement section. By now, the guys at Southern Kombi Parts are getting rather good at this process, so out comes the ‘hot stick’ again to work a bit more of their metal magic!

Getting busy with the hot stick again!
Getting busy with the hot stick again!

Soon the old rusty section is but a distant memory!

Cut out, clean up and then weld in a new section
Cut out, clean up and then weld in a new section

Replacement finishing

Then it is time to clean up the repair area by grinding down the protruding parts of the welds and cleaning up the repaired section…

Grind down the welds and then clean up the repair area
Grind down the welds and then clean up the repair area

…before giving the area a coat of protective red oxide primer

Give the repaired area a protective coat of red oxide primer
Give the repaired area a protective coat of red oxide primer

…and then finishing off by applying seam sealer over all the new welded joints to further protect them from any future ingress of moisture.

Apply seam sealer to all the newly welded joints to provide additional moisture protection
Apply seam sealer to all the newly welded joints to provide additional moisture protection

So that’s that little section sorted, so where else did the water that caused this problem also affect?

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