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Well if its as bad as Digger (both sills, boot floor/rear crossmember and other smaller repairs) and you want it doing properly then you would be looking at 3000 at a minimum in my opinion, probably more, especially when you factor in painting etc. I would certinaly not quote any less than that if someone wanted me to do it for them. This sort of work is really time consuming, epsecially when there are very few replacement panels avaiable, meaning lots of time has to be spent fabricating them instead.
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Well if its as bad as Digger (both sills, boot floor/rear crossmember and other smaller repairs) and you want it doing properly then you would be looking at 3000 at a minimum in my opinion, probably more, especially when you factor in painting etc. I would certinaly not quote any less than that if someone wanted me to do it for them. This sort of work is really time consuming, epsecially when there are very few replacement panels avaiable, meaning lots of time has to be spent fabricating them instead.
Ok dokey thanks for letting me know!
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Well if its as bad as Digger (both sills, boot floor/rear crossmember and other smaller repairs) and you want it doing properly then you would be looking at 3000 at a minimum in my opinion, probably more, especially when you factor in painting etc. I would certinaly not quote any less than that if someone wanted me to do it for them. This sort of work is really time consuming, epsecially when there are very few replacement panels avaiable, meaning lots of time has to be spent fabricating them instead.
Thanks Freddy - nice to know what you'd charge as a reference point - my Sisley had all that work on the cills (not the boot floor, although also shock absorbers etc).

Now you see why I bought a cheap mk3 in case I bent the cills again! The fact it's turned out to be a great little car & worthy of the name Panda is a real bonus - I really like it & recommend this route to anyone looking for a cheap off-roader which won't be "structurally compromised".
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You rust slut Kris!
Can't help myself. The other sections are when it comes to rust.
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Can't help myself. The other sections are when it comes to rust.
For your and others entertainment I can make some photos of the underneath of my trekkng.... lots lots lots of rustporn there similar or worse condition than yellow Digger
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For your and others entertainment I can make some photos of the underneath of my trekkng.... lots lots lots of rustporn there similar or worse condition than yellow Digger
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Steady lads, the classic panda section will become X rated at this rate
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Hi Freddy, finally got around to making a comment.

Digger looks great, especially for what you intend using him for. As usual I agree with everything you've said about the rust situation yes he will last you years once you've finished.
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Did someone say rust??
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Hi Freddy, finally got around to making a comment.

Digger looks great, especially for what you intend using him for. As usual I agree with everything you've said about the rust situation yes he will last you years once you've finished.
Cheers Vern, although I think it's going to take me years to get him finished at this rate, at the moment everytime I do some work on him I find more holes and thats only on one side!
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Cheers Vern, although I think it's going to take me years to get him finished at this rate, at the moment everytime I do some work on him I find more holes and thats only on one side!
Is the surface rust in the inner sill cleaning up ok?

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Is the surface rust in the inner sill cleaning up ok?
I've not got to the middle section yet but the back section is going to have to come off, not because it is rusty, but because there are holes in the box section behind it above the spring hanger. I will also have the remove a section of the boot floor to get proper access to it. Ideally I need a new inner sill section, but the likelihood of finding one is pretty low I imagine, so I will have to weld any good bits I have cut off back on and then make my own repair pieces for the rusty bits.
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A few photos of the progress I've made over Christmas/New Year. Still a long way to go until Digger is solid but he is now less rusty than when I bought him!

The main bit of work I have done is sorting the hole above the spring hanger, unfortunately I didn't take any photos of that doing that, but it meant cutting out good metal in the boot floor and the rear part of the inner sill to get proper access to the rusty bit. I saved the bits I removed so I could weld them back in after. You can see here the sections of boot floor I have welded back in and the join where I cut the inner that is yet to be fully welded.


The rot was just behind the where the large hole for the wiring loom is, you could see it from underneath but it would not be easy to sort from there as the spring hanger and chassis rail is in the way.

With that bit sorted I could start rebuilding the back end of the inner sill and floor which is where I am up to now. Again its a bit tricky as I have very little reference to where the bottom lip should be as it was all so rotten! I need to refit the seatbelt mounting plate and the inner sill strengthener and then I can move to the front section.



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