Right, with one side of the bulkhead sorted, we need to sort of the rear side/inner arch area next.
OK, so what was going on under the recently painted areas? Good solid repairs? Only one real way to find out…
Errrrrr, not so good! The Jacking point/inner sill area are not looking too clever, and a quick coat of paint will not make the problems disappear!
So the usual process of cutting back the metal to a good solid area begins, so that replacement metal and a new jacking point can be welded back into place.
Replacement section gets put back into place…
…before welding in a new replacement jacking point.
Now back to the inner arch area to replace the other painted over ‘repaired’ area, but this time with good solid metal welded back into place!
Once the replacement sections are welded into place, the welds are then cleaned up, ground back and the area given a protective coat of Red Oxide primer before seam sealing all the joint edges for added protection.
Once the final preparation is undertaken, these will all disappear under multiple coats of primer and top coat so it will look like new again, but this time 100% solid!
Now that the days are getting to get a bit longer and the sun is out, I can’t wait to get this classic VW Westafalia Camper back on the road again, it is what it was made for, summer fun!