Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Luggage/engine bay seal retaining strips

It is usual to discover slight rusting of these thin strips, but don't be fooled — more serious rust will be lurking underneath them. The recommended option during a full restoration is to drill out their spot welds and remove them, clean the underlying metal and apply weldable zinc paint, then to spot weld on new strips.
These strips really do need to be spot welded in — they are so thin that a MiG will be very inclined to burn through, and cleaning up surplus weld without damaging the lips will be verging on the impossible.

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