I have been looking forward to getting the body back onto ROJ for a long time, and with the help of Young Phil’s friend Johnny, we lifted the front end on at last.
Before fitting the front I had a small repair job to do. One of the drain pipes in the bonnet gutter had broken off. I was keen to try the Lumiweld system to repair it, but decided I needed some practice first.
Using the old bent clip from the barn car, and using a pipe I made from a piece of old wheel arch liner I had a go. I used a steel bolt to hold the pipe in place.
I first needed to tin both the end of the pipe and the main structure – and then using as much heat as I could manage on one of the coldest days of the year, fed the Lumiweld rod into the join.
It took some time, but I eventually did it, and then did the real repair. and on went the front end.
And so ROJ now looks like an Aston Martin again.
So what next? Well I need to dress all the panels before Malcolm TIG welds them together. I need to take the aircon radiator back to the company that pressure tested it because the connection pipe has come off, and I need to spanner up all the bolts on the running gear before lowering the car off the axle stands.