So you have a daily driver that needs attention, or a project that needs work but you don’t have a lot of time to get really stuck into it? Why not figure out what jobs you could do in one day. Apart from the normal maintenance jobs like: Oil service, suspension greasing and brake adjustment, what could you do in a day?
My LHD some of you know. This car was imported back in February and transported back to the UK by my friend Martin Wallis. Since being in my workshop very little has happened to it, apart from being put on axle stands – I’ve even had it for sale both in the Club’s magazine and website but it hasn't sold. No one seems to want projects.
The car is extremely solid and only needs a couple of little bits of body repair to make the shell 100%. My task for today is to cut out and repair where someone in the past has used the car’s jacking point and it has lifted up through the floor a little. This is a common area that needs attention in most old 70s BL cars, especially Marinas. With this car I have been lucky that the rest of the floor area is spotless and it only needs a small patch letting in.
Tools for the job (these are what I used – you can substitute to suit).
Socket set (removal of front seat)
Screw drivers (removal of trim)
Welders blanket (if leaving some interior in place
Block of wood
Cut off wheel (or grinder with a 1mm cutting disc)
Flapper disc (40 grit)
Sandpaper (coarse grit) or Die grinder with attachment wheel
Drill (with wire brush attachment)
Spot weld drill bit
Various drill bits
Workbench and steel for forming
16 or 18 guage steel plate
Zinc rich primer
Body matched paint
My repair will be in two pieces as I want to try and retain the original look from under the car – I am also plug welding this plate onto the original jacking point.
8. Clean up both sides of the floor and be sure to clean out the original jacking point with a wire brush attachment if you are keeping it.
19. Paint to match body colour
20. Wax cavities with a quality wax