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Lil Red - SJ restoration - First look at the panels.

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With the bolts in full retreat, Winchfield Engineering had a first look at the body panels.

Around the rear, with the wing panels and taligate removed, some more rust became visible.

This is behind the panel, so can be fixed with some fabrication rather than a replacement panel.

On the left you can see the end of the rear crossmember which will need some work to ensure the rust is completely removed

It looks worse than it is really, it should clean up fairly easily. 

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Lil Red - SJ restoration - Attacking the rusted bolts

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As you will have seen in the last post, a number of the large hinge and panel bolts are rusted solid, so Winchfield Engineering needed to get serious!

 In the picture on the left you can see a nut being held onto the bolt using MoleGrips.


They went around the SJ, welding nuts on all the stuck bolts

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Lil Red - SJ restoration - Restoration starts for real

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The restoration has started! 

Winchfield Engineering has sent over the first batch of pictures from the work this week. If you recall, they asked me to strip as much as I could first so here is a reminder of where I had go to.

I had stripped off all the parts that I could easily remove including all of the interior apart from the dashboard and a few plastic clips used to retain the carpets etc.

The SJ was then loaded onto a trailer for the less than 1/2 mile trip to the restorers.

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Lil Red - Walk around video

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 Before the work starts on the restoration, here is a walk-around video of the starting point. This is a "warts and all" video showing the bad points as well as the good, so there is some work ahead for Lil Red.

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Meet Lil Red

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Well James' new "Jimny" has arrived. She is a 1986 vintage SJ that he bought over the internet and had delivered making it a completely remote purchase. Through the use of live video and photographs from the seller and then "Shiply" to collect it and transport it back to Berkshire it was safely purchased by only transferring the money when rec...
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