Hi guys after a couple of years of inconsistant health i have finally started on my simca aronde here are the first picture of the car with the close ups of the rot on the sills.This will be my first restoration and first time welding. car seems on good condition for its age apart from the cills and rear chassi spring hanger areas
I'll be interested to see what you find around the rear spring hangers. Still have to investigate that area on my Grand Large but, based on the condition of the sills, there's bound to be loads of rust in there. Look forward to seeing pictures of your Aronde and the restoration. I'm always looking for restoration articles for the club mag. L'Aronde too. Mick
An update on the restoration. The inner sills were rotted half away so I cut back to good metal and tried to form a straight side S shape the full lentgh of the sill after a few attempts I got in touch with a local engineering firm who did me 4 sections four foot long for a fiver, saving me loads of work to attach these to the remaing sill I drilled holes into them and welded through the boles to give a spot welded type attachment.All this was as well as tring for the first time to weld.luckily when a parcel guy dropped off something for me we started talking and duscusssing my bird poo welding and my troubled attempts He very kindly had a look at my machine and set it up properly.What a difference all of a sudden the welding got bettter and i could feel confident about the joints. All the time whilst doing this work I was researching making repar panels and welding old cars when i decided I had done the wrong type of repair.So back to the drawing board I took all of the inner sills off and started again. my left hand is very weak after a recent operation for a fistula for dialyasis that I have a real problem using tin snips so I have been looking for a bench mounted metal shear,we stavelled to the november classic car show and I watched the drill mounted sheet steel nibbler in action it looked great and I had a go,it was mounted to the bench with two drill mounts but this was exactly what i needed.They were charging £50 for the tool and £15 each for the clamps,my missus offered to buy them straight away as achristmas present for me, but i declined being a TIGHT YORKSHIRE GIT I knew I had seen them on ebay for less I bought the nibbler for £12 from china and have used it sinceand its still cutting great on one side with no problems so easy i wish i found thi earlier.I then attached the inner sills with a edge to edge joint and with my newly aquired welding sills got the inner cills back on ok.I have finished the back of the sills and most of the side I am now doing the front of the sills at the bottom of the A post its a little awkward to cut out the rot but with the addition of a powerfile and a 240watt dremmel I have added to my tool kit the rot has gone and im fabing the replacment parts.when this is done the top sill skin is to be t put on after i have rust prevented the insides and on to the rear spring hanger.There are some holes in the bottom of the chassis not at the spring hanger but near not sure what to do herebut probably taake the spring off and just keep hacking away the rust and see whats left. Im hoping this side will be done in the next few months. then on to the other worse side.In a perfect world I will be driving to the Derbyshire meeting but as its taken me 3 years to get this far ill keep my fingers crossed.And I will try to get some pictures of the work onto here. thanks for listening and good luck to everybody stuck in a cold garage doing the same stuff.i508.photobucket.com/albums/s322/zippot640/IMG_5397.jpg
Sorry about the layout of the last post it looks loike I was on cocanie it was very hard to read looking back Iwill have to start using more paragraphs. After having a good start to the year just as Istarted to weld up the chassis my welder stopped. Its a problem with the wire feed motor or the pcb this seems to be a common problem with the clarke hobby welders I have changed the wire feed shroud but still no joy. It is now up for sale spares or repair on ebay and im looking for a used better quality mig welder. Does anyone in the club have a recommendation of what welder they use and good or bad points and what to avoid. Thanks Dave
Hello just a quick update I managed to buy a welder its a old sip welder its huge and works fine. At the end of last year i volunteered at a local body shop in exchange for some tips on welding whenever we had any to do this was very helpful. I received a long awaited phone call on new years eve when i got the call for a kidney transplant all went well and im on the mend now so I have started back on the simca again.Hope to get more done now im less tired with dialysis three times a week.I will update when i get something done.
All the best with your recovery. You'll see from the latest L'Aronde mag. that Dick Husband had an early SIMCA Aronde 9 'barn find' on our stand at the NEC Restoration Show. It had been brought to the show from the spot where it had stood since 1962. It's very rusty but Dick plans to restore it as it is such an early RHD example. He's bound to find some of the same problem areas as on yours. Sadly, I've lost touch with the guy who bought my Aronde Grand Large project... I hope he's doing something with it... or if he breaks it at least offers the parts to club members.
Im looking for some light green simca paint( brush paint) if possible to paint the bottom of the doors while the car is on its side. I imagine the colour code will be on the id plate ? or do you know if paint people can match the colour at any paint store.if anyone knows . cheers guys