A pillar repair

Discussion in 'Mech Tech' started by 73johnathan, Dec 18, 2011.

  1. The left hand A pillar has got some rot in it around where the window seal sits does anyone know if you can buy a replacement piece. I have seen complete A pillars but I only require the upper piece. Also anyone done this job before and have any good pictures to help me?
  2. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    I dont think you can buy a repair piece for it :(

    You'll probably have to make something up to suit
  3. dog

    dog Administrator

    post a picture of it matey

  4. Here's some photos of the rot.
  5. I'd be making small patches I think.
  6. WHS^

    Use a dremmel or similar to cut out little bits.
  7. dog

    dog Administrator

    easy job buddy, as they said^
    use a dremel or similar rotary tool to cut out all the rot and thin steel then add patches. then use a sanding drum on the dremel to smooth down. won't have to look perfect as its going to be covered by the window seal!
  8. Diddymen

    Diddymen Moderator

    the area shown is the 'outer skin' the A post is underneath

    so dont cut too deep or you'll cut into the inner A post :)
  9. I have already cut out rot around the rear window ready to be patched.

    What I am more concerned about is where the rust is appearing between where the two skins join. Any suggestions about what to do?
  10. dog

    dog Administrator

    i would chop out both the skins and replace it with a single piece the same thickness as the 2 skins together if that makes sense ;)
  11. I've done a similar repair on the rear hatch. I cut out and welded up any metal which had rusted right through, but the areas where the two sections come together were for the most part only showing rust on the outer edges. I ground this down until no rust was showing then applied POR15 with its usual pretreatments, then painted as usual. I also sprayed Waxoyl inside the section.

    I don't think it's possible practically and financially to totally eliminate this rust, just slow it down to a manageable rate.

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