Progress

Posted: 19th June 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v, Welding
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A few months ago I picked up some 3mm steel brackets that were surplus from a refurbishment of our office space. I think that they’re used to mount door closure mechanisms or something similar. Anyway it turns out that they were nearly perfect to make good the repairs to the gearbox mount top plate. Chopped 7mm off each bracket, v-grooved the faces to be joined and welded them up whilst they were clamped down to some thick steel plate to prevent them distorting.

Repair Piece

Once they were welded up, I ground down the welds and then looked to save some weight out of the repair piece. Two 38mm holes later and a tiny bit of grinding gave a good fit. Primed the part up and now just need to v-groove the faces and sort out some further holes for plug welding before welding it on as repair pieces.

Repair Piece

In between primer drying and other work, degreased the engine, dried it off before prepping it with POR15 Metal Ready. Once that had been left to work its magic, it was rinsed off and then left to dry.

Engine Prepped for paint

Engine Prepped for paint

Last thing tonight I gave the block it the first coat of POR15 Engine Enamel. I’ll finish it off with a top coat tomorrow.