Having completed the right hand side of the car, it’s time to tackle the rust on the other side. This is no doubt going to entail pretty much the same work as doing the right side, so I’ll probably gloss over some of the details and just provide the pictures and note any differences in the work required. At first glance it seems that the inner wing and upper strengthener are maybe a little better than the previous side, but this doesn’t make a lot of difference really as it’s the same amount of work to repair what rust is there. The sill isn’t as rusty, but the left rear arch is considerably worse than the right, requiring the entire edge to be replaced all the way around. The inner sill areas by the rear cross-member mount is much worse too, so there’ll be some fabrication needed there. I’ll be working my way along the car in the same manner as I did the first side, so I start with the inner wing strengthener…

The left hand inner wing strengthener was relatively simple to replace, the only complication coming from not having a genuine replacement part to use. The after market panels are often designed to fit over the original and thus they are generally a little bigger all round. A little reworking of the lower lip and areas adjacent to the B post made it fit much like a genuine panel though. The inner wing top where the front wing mounts only needed a couple of minor repairs and behind the strengthener the metal was all good. The bottom of the inner wing might need some repair work, same as the right hand side did, but I’ll come back to that later.

There was also a tiny amount of rust in the vertical seam in front of the ‘A’ post which required a small amount of welding. Next part will cover the left hand sill structure!

3 thoughts on “Violet SSS Project – Welding and more Welding

  1. Big Hat says:

    wowser … and this car is less rusty than the yellow!

    i hope the guy on the datman forum who’s looking for a 710sss is reading this

    he balked at the idea of importing a lhd car with almost no rust due to the hassle of converting the bumpers and steering/dash


  2. RatDat says:

    Seriously, I’ve had five KP710’s pass through my hands and ALL of them had rust like this or much worse. They have to be one of the most rust prone Datsuns there is.

    Importing one would be the way forward. It’s be worth sacrificing the IRS and RHD just to have a rust freee body. I doubt a RHD conversion would be too difficult unlike an IRS swap which would be major!


  3. Big Hat says:

    and imagine the staggering repair costs if you had to pay somebody to do what you’re doing!


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