lower windscreen repair panel replacement

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lower windscreen repair panel replacement

Postby robmk2 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:37 pm

is the lower windscreen repair panel replacement a big job and what need to be taken out in order to do it please....is it a dash out job....my panel has the usual rust where the wiper bits come out.....also got rust in the front pillar that runs down to the scuttle panel.
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Re: lower windscreen repair panel replacement

Postby Damien.wrl » Tue Nov 19, 2019 11:01 am

Pretty sure it’s major surgery , windscreen out and dash, rust there can also cause leaks
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Re: lower windscreen repair panel replacement

Postby eddypeck » Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:33 pm

Yes dash out, but that's not a big deal and with the screen out you usual find out the rust goes back much further than first suspected.

Take a look at this: viewtopic.php?f=37&t=17988&p=118720&
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Re: lower windscreen repair panel replacement

Postby TomRich » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:42 am

Dash out isn't half as bad as people say, as Tim said.

Windscreen out (or back in, for that matter) isn't bad at all if you have a mate handy, but it's a bit awkward on your own unless you're very familiar with them or you're a windscreen fitter or something... I always get my man Trav to help out.

As for fitting the scuttle, it's gonna be a question of quality. It'll be easy to fit one, but how well it's done is the real question.

To line it up nicely and secure it properly and make it seamless and protect it on both sides to stop rust coming back where it's been welded and so on, is a fair job which will need some care and attention.

You'll want a decent gas MIG welder, which you are proficient with, an angle grinder, I often find a dremel or die grinder handy also for precision cutting and any corners, most likely a spot weld drill bit, and a few clamps or magnets to position the replacement panel properly.

If it was me doing it at the shop for a customer, I'd farm it out to a body shop if that helps.

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Re: lower windscreen repair panel replacement

Postby sly_gti » Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:01 pm

Guess it also depends on how much it has gone.
If just a bit it maybe worth replacing/fixing that section.

That's how mate tackled mine.
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