Body // Interior
Anyway, the main (bad) points to note are:
- Rust in the driver's side foot-well, just where the parking brake cable conduit passes through the floor from inside the body to outside.
- A small hole just near the main beam foot switch.
- A small hole in the passenger's front foot-well.
- Rust in the lower driver's side section of the rear window frame.
- A hole starting at the top of the driver's rear wheel arch and extending down half the height of the arch.
- A hole large enough to berth an aircraft carrier where the driver's side rear arch, rear foot-well and sill/box-section meet (meeeeep!).
Interestingly (well, to me anyway), there are two 6" by 2½" inch repair panels, one on each side, welded into (badly) the rear floor pans just near the trunk divider panel. Having spoken to the previous owner, "it was like it when I bought it"™. Either way, as the largest hole has taken out the seat belt anchor point, and is within the new(ish) "within 30cm of a structural point" MOT rule, the car is dead unless I get it fixed. So far, she is going to go for initial checking over on 15/04/2003 (fingers crossed). My mate Dave (everyone has one) is a bit of a whizz when it comes to welding rusted out hulks, hell, he owns an Italian car for f&*cks sake, reckons that to have all of the welding done will take about a week. Admittedly, that is one person doing all the work, and without the benefit of a garage. We shall have to wait and see.....
On the plus side, the passenger's side of the car is fairly clear, with only a couple of small holes apperaing in the in footwell and under the seat, both of which are less than a couple of inches in length. Either way, I shall find out when I get the car back.