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Post by David Tew » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:52 am

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..... just got to replace the dreaded sill reinforcements, having them made in stainless, but not looking forward to fibre glassing them back in
As 1969SE5 says, it's not too bad a job - messy yes, difficult no!

When you use stainless remember to roughen it with at least 80-grade abrasive (I used an angle grinder to score it) and scrub it to an inch of it's life with a scourer and washing-up liquid just before you fit it otherwise the resin will not bond. :wink:


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Post by Stupopt1 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:01 am

Thanks for the tip,
I've got the old ones out already, they were just a pile of rust
It's the fibre glassing upside down I don't like and getting the glass matting to stay in position without keep sliding off.


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Post by David Tew » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:50 pm

Mine were just the same. There were no visible signs of their demise so I do wonder how many cars are out there with the same problem.

The way I fitted the new stainless sill reinforcment to my Coupe was to create a roll of fibreglass mat and stick that into the void. The new sill can then be pressed tightly in and wedged in place with some props. Then just mat over the new panel to hold it in place. Once it's gone off you can remove the props and finish the matting. The mat should stick in place OK

You will get sticky arms, even with gloves and overalls, just don't get the resin in your hair as it is one perm that really won't wash out! :)


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Post by gtcse8 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:46 pm

I make the replacements out of zintek sheet so it will out live the car and don`t cost the earth.
The resin sticks to it ok.
Made a few sets so far, and I think I got one set left.

In fact 1969se5 fitted them to his.
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Post by Stupopt1 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:50 am

How much do you sell them for Mark ?


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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:32 pm

They are £10 each + post, last set left but if you only wanted one its no prob.


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Post by David Tew » Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:21 pm

Great price! 👍


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Post by Stupopt1 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:35 pm

Wow that is a good price
I do need a set of 2 as both sides have had it
Are the direct replacements ?


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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:16 pm

They were cut, drilled and bent to previous published dimensions, but when I put them against MY 1974 car they did not look as if they would even fit.

If David, 1969SE5, could confirm that they were ok?.

He was the last purchaser, and he has his car back from painting now.


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Post by 1969SE5 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:17 pm

just about perfect, only minor fettling required.........
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Post by gtcse8 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:26 pm

Cheers David
And well done on the work so far, the paint looks brilliant.
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Post by Stupopt1 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:22 am

got the heater matrix back in
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and replaced the rusted out seat support plates with stainless
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still got lots to do, but planning on putting the body back on in a couple of weeks :shock:


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Post by Stupopt1 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:34 am

finally replaced the sill reinforcements, got some stainless steel ones made from a local company and after a lot of messy fibre glassing they are in. I've done a few other repairs whilst I was under there. will trim the excess off when it's all gone off.
Body is atleast structurally sound now, even if it looks a bit of a mess .
Still on target for body back on operation next Saturday .
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Post by David Tew » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:50 am

Excellent job. Looks much stronger, well glassed-in with nicely saturated mat (and some great stalactites!).

There does seem to be quite a big gap between the reinforcing plate and the outer sill, did you fill it at all? Not essential as the strength is in the shape of the plate but it does give a bit of support to the outer fibreglass. If not, you can inject some expanding foam - not normally advisable as it can trap moisture but you won't have any trouble with the stainless. :wink:


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Post by Stupopt1 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:57 am

Thanks
yes there is a gap to the outer sill , but it's glassed at the top and the bottom so pretty rigid, I'm going to leave it as is. the main contact point at the top with the holes in, is totally covered top and bottom. I layed a few layers of fibreglass in first, then pushed the sill into this and clamped it in , left this overnight, then removed the clamps and classed it all in. Not a great picture but it shows how I did it.
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