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Leon's Blog

The rust whisperer...

Leon Betts

Anyone with any experience restoring HQ Holdens will know that the cowl panels are very susceptible to rust. I watched Roland repair the left hand outer cowl section on the HQ sedan he is working on. I thought it was a great example as to how Roland goes about his rust repair work. Below I have included a series of photos with a little commentary.

Cheers Leon

This photo shows the extent of the rust damage. Although the outer skin showed signs of rust, expect the inner skin to be worst. It is crucial to be treat or remove all rust otherwise it will come back very quickly. Repairing the outer skin only will hide the problem...for a little while. Roland has applied a rust convertor to all inner surfaces.

This photo shows the extent of the rust damage. Although the outer skin showed signs of rust, expect the inner skin to be worst. It is crucial to be treat or remove all rust otherwise it will come back very quickly. Repairing the outer skin only will hide the problem...for a little while. Roland has applied a rust convertor to all inner surfaces.

Here are a couple of repair sections that Roland fabricated. He leaves the rusty areas in place until he is ready to weld in the new sections. This way he can use the old damaged metal as a guide to help him shape and position the new sections.

Here are a couple of repair sections that Roland fabricated. He leaves the rusty areas in place until he is ready to weld in the new sections. This way he can use the old damaged metal as a guide to help him shape and position the new sections.

This photo shows the inner skin after it has been repaired. The inner surfaces receive a protective coat of primer to protect the metal.

This photo shows the inner skin after it has been repaired. The inner surfaces receive a protective coat of primer to protect the metal.

The finished repair...as good as new! Note that Roland has the doors fitted to help correctly position the rust repair section. He also fitted the guard (now removed) for the same reason. No repair can be done in isolation...this is a lesson one learns early in their career.

The finished repair...as good as new! Note that Roland has the doors fitted to help correctly position the rust repair section. He also fitted the guard (now removed) for the same reason. No repair can be done in isolation...this is a lesson one learns early in their career.