"Pete Young" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> On 2005-03-23, Dougal <DougalAThiskennel.free-online.co.uk> wrote:
>> Before we come up with suggestions can you clarify if it is the
>> crossmember above the two rubber mounts (i.e. the bit that is
>> part of the body) or the crossmember that is below the two rubber
>> (and which is part of the chassis) that you are describing?
> My apologies. It is the rear body crossmember, the part that sits
> above the two rubber mounts. The chassis and the mounting brackets
> themselves are solid.
It is a pig of a job. You either do it the official way, and remove the
entire squarish frame, which means removing little things like the roof,
or you can use one of the repair sections that Paddock and the rest
sell. There are then several problems: if you remove enough of the old
one to fit all the new piece, there's still a hell of a lot of
dismantling to get access to weld it, or you can chop the new one around
so that it splices into the old one at the ends - if there's enough left
to weld to. In both cases, you have to prop the rear of the body to make
sure the tailgate aperture stays the same shape and size. You'll need to
remove the rear floor and petrol tank, and those jobs can reveal more
problems. Don't forget to buy new bolts, washers, and mounting rubbers.
My present one is crumbling somewhat, and I'm contemplating an
alternative approach. Would it be feasible to weld the body solidly to
the chassis in this area, bypassing the rubber mounts completely? I'm
never going to want to remove the body, and I'll put up with a bit more
vibration transmission if it enables me to avoid this miserable job.
Yet another possibility: choose your garage right, and it's not an MoT
failure, so perhaps it can be left to rust in peace - after all, the
body is held on in at least 8 more places.
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