Saturday, December 18, 2010

The new door shut sections

The "door shut" sections lie across the back of the front wing, and extend from the front of the door opening to the bottom of the step. The outer face extends the swage-line along the side over the wings, so is visible to the outside. The section that the door slides into is also visible when the door is open.

The first photo (although an upside-down shot) shows the part that will form the swage-line, and is the finished face it the new panel.

The next photo is a view of the top of the door shut section that will be visible once the door is opened.

And the final photo shows that the individual sections were not clamped tightly together before welding. This will allow the ingress of dust, dirt and moisture into the intenal box-section part of the structure, promoting early rusting and deterioration. Installation of this item will require the welds to be ground off, the pieces clamped up tight, and then rewelded.

All in all, these parts were poorly manufactured by Fairmile Restorations. Unlike Charlie's "Victoria" J-van however, at least I can use the new items. Was it worth waiting 23 months for what ended up as second-rate items? I think not, and in fairness to other J- or JB van restorers I could not recommend Fairmile Restorations for the supply of panels.

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