Stage Two is underway - there's definitely no turning back now! The rear subframe was removed today...
In order to facilitate the repair of the rear chassis legs/rear wheel tubs.
Apart from the rust damage to the rear chassis legs, some surface rust on the rear crossmember and the rusted-off bump stop, it's really not too bad back here overall
The rust is largely superficial and evrything should clean up nicely. It's all much more accessible with the rear subframe removed. We will of course be cleaning up the underside and acid treating the rust before waxoyling and injecting wax into all the cavities to prevent further corrosion prior to re-assembly.
All the rubber suspension components were original and therefore rather suspect at 33 years old. We are taking the opportunity to replace the rear subframe mounts, control arm bushes, anti-roll bar bushes and links. All these jobs are much more straightforward with the subframe on the floor. I can't afford new shocks at this stage, but they can easily be changed at a later date. This is all that remained of one of the subframe mounts after disassembly:
The final part of this stage of the repair is to the Right Hand Rear wheel arch. This area is very scabby and crusty and is letting the whole car down. Although the car's paintwork overall isn't brilliant, this is pretty bad...
So the rusted area will be cut out, the inner wing made good and a repair panel welded in. This operation is also going to be a great deal easier with the rear subframe removed. After that it's just a question of stripping the wheel tubs and respraying with stonechip then repainting all the repaired areas in body colour [Mittel Rot 516].