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.
After waiving the need for 60 year old cars to pass the anuual MoT test, propsals and consultations have taken place to reduce this to 40 years. All 'Crabs will thus become MoT exempt. I have very mixed feelings about this. Like many on here, I like to think I'm fairly handy at the maintenance side of things, but I'm not a professional and like the reassurance of having the car inspected. Then, of course, there will be a few incompetents or chancers who will abuse the system. Bear in mind that there are far more surviving 40 year old cars than 60 year old ones.
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.
Goodness. They are popping up all over the place. I have said a few times that overall prices are rising, with good cars showing some real value. Perhaps they have reached a point where more owners are prepared to sell.
We do have the usual forum problems in that we have a reasonable number of members, but few posters, so outside that group it's difficult to know who owns (or sells or buys) what.