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    Looking for bulkhead restorer/repairer

    Hi All

    Starting to dismantle front end wing to access bulkhead & see some repairs are required.
    Looking for bulkhead restorer/repairer.

    Nostromo
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    Quote Originally Posted by nostromo View Post
    Hi All

    Starting to dismantle front end wing to access bulkhead & see some repairs are required.
    Looking for bulkhead restorer/repairer.

    Nostromo
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    1961 Series IIa SWB x1
    2004 Defender SWB x1
    There are insufficient bulkheads to be repaired to have someone specialise in this work. There are any number of people with the skills to do it but it comes down to if they are prepared to do it and will you be prepared to pay the price. I'd look at panel beaters and sheetmetal fabricators for a start.

    There are a couple of threads with photos of how to go about it where people doing their own restoration have done a good job of cutting out the rust and replacing it with sound metal.

    Good luck

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    The rust at the top in your first photo looks to be in a difficult place to repair. I repaired a S2 bulkhead for a friend once and I estimated that had I been charging for it, a minimum of $500 would have been needed; the bulkhead in question had minor rust in the upper footwells and sundry other places.

    From your two photos; you might be looking at an: economic write-off; or sourcing a better bulkhead; or doing as Sluggie suggests and having a go yourself,

    Cheers Charlie

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    Doesn't look too difficult a job.

    Either hire/borrow a MIG and have a go yourself, or track down a panel beater who is willing to do it for a reasonable price. Many will want to plate over it - but if you want it to look original they will need to cut out the sections and weld new ones in. You should be able to save yourself some money by grinding the welds back yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isuzurover View Post
    Doesn't look too difficult a job.

    Either hire/borrow a MIG and have a go yourself, or track down a panel beater who is willing to do it for a reasonable price. Many will want to plate over it - but if you want it to look original they will need to cut out the sections and weld new ones in. You should be able to save yourself some money by grinding the welds back yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by isuzurover View Post
    Doesn't look too difficult a job.

    Either hire/borrow a MIG and have a go yourself, or track down a panel beater who is willing to do it for a reasonable price. Many will want to plate over it - but if you want it to look original they will need to cut out the sections and weld new ones in. You should be able to save yourself some money by grinding the welds back yourself.
    Got some good ideas, thank you all. Local panel beater will give quote on rust repairs using his MIG when firewall out of vehicle ("Dolcit").Expect it to be out and stripped down by the end of the weekend. Will post results of quote and plan of action.

    Nostromo
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    Thants great news that you can get it sorted out iam still trying to find a firewall for my 86" for a fair price its amazing what ppl charge for them these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nostromo View Post
    Got some good ideas, thank you all. Local panel beater will give quote on rust repairs using his MIG when firewall out of vehicle ("Dolcit").Expect it to be out and stripped down by the end of the weekend. Will post results of quote and plan of action.

    Nostromo
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    1961 Series IIa SWB x1
    2004 Defender SWB x1
    make sure that the firewall is worked on attached to chassis whenever possible, to prevent warping and then becoming a problem later!
    (REMLR 235/MVCA 9) 80" -'49.(RUST), -'50 & '52. (53-parts) 88" -57 s1, -'63 -s2a -GS x 2-"Horrie"-112-769, "Vet"-112-429(-Vietnam-PRE 1ATF '65) ('66, s2a-as UN CIVPOL), Hans '73- s3 109" '56 s1 x2 77- s3 van (gone)& '12- 110

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    Quote Originally Posted by nostromo View Post
    Got some good ideas, thank you all. Local panel beater will give quote on rust repairs using his MIG when firewall out of vehicle ("Dolcit").Expect it to be out and stripped down by the end of the weekend. Will post results of quote and plan of action.

    Nostromo
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    1961 Series IIa SWB x1
    2004 Defender SWB x1
    Well bulkhead is out and local panel beater will give it a go when i get some repair panels, no quote, do and charge. (bad option)
    Off to local sheet metal worker next who said can fabricate and weld in panels at $70 per hour for labour with worst case scenario is 8 hours work and materials next to nothing using off cuts in the work shop. (hmmm)

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    $70 per hour!!!

    I work on $30 p/hr when I make parts and think I am doing well!

    Have a go yourself - it isn't that difficult but it can be time consuming,

    Cheers Charlie

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