All painted with VTP top coat then undersealed. This included the reverse side of repairs in the headlight area above. Lee, the owner, has popped round and seems happy enougnh with how things are going. He also brought round a large shiny chrome tip for the exhaust. I was going to turn the car round and get started on the inner wing repair, but I haven't had my steel delivery yet, which I will need for the large sections required. I welded the tip on instead.
Looks like your beer fridge should be well stocked after this lot Chris! Or is it a love job! Don't suppose you feel like moving to sunny Queensland and helping me with my crab! I am lacking inspiration at the moment and I have only done a little bit!
You hit the nail on the head with the "heap" reference Chris. My dad coined the phrase "The Old Heap" for my UK car and it stuck. Hence the name 1800heap. It has faced the scrap yard many times since it has been in the family and has made it through just! My Dad bought it as a junker just for the tryes when I was 15 or so! That was the first scrapping close call 30+ years ago!
Patience is possibly the key to it. Don't expect to get it done in five minutes. Take the time to clear all the grot, then understand what the structure is meant to look like. I've learnt plenty about 'Crabs over the years, but knew nothing about MX5s at the start of this. It would have been quite easy to have just slapped a panel over that last chassis rail repair, but that wouldn't have put any strength back into the centre panel. It's probably crucial like the centre membrane on one of our cars.