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Defender 90 rust!

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by smith94rffn, Jan 3, 2018.

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  1. smith94rffn

    smith94rffn Member

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    IMG_6743.JPG IMG_6742.JPG Went digging about the defender I just bought more rigorously than I did when purchasing unfortunately and managed to put my thumb through the chassis! What areas should I be checking for more if there is any? Any advice would be great. Cheers in advance.
     
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    All of the chassis tbh, and that is going to need plating at best but once you start cleaning that back it will become a bigger hole.

    Better to find and fix thougj
     
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    First thing you need to do is clean the chassis thoroughly with a pressure washer.
     
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    prepare for some welding, good strong scraper to clean off chassis paint. or needle gun followed by hammer, grinder then plate holes
     
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    Before you start power washing it, get familiar with where it collects and holds mud/road muck. Outriggers, rear cross member, behind gearbox cross member bolting flanges. The muck holds moisture in that location and accelerates the rusting process at that point. The hole you have shown is where moisture has worked from the inside out. :(
     
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    smith94rffn Member

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    Going to inspect the hole lot further today and also get the cctv on as she was
    that is what put the fear in to me is that the rust has come from inside out! Just bought it for 7k .... could do with out it needing a chassis haha
     
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    Whilst you are there,

    check the top side as well, where the crossmember sits on top of the chassis rail is also a great hidden dirt trap,

    Cheers
     
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    You think the holes are big now, wait 'til you get a wire brush on them:eek:
     
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    Marmaduke Well-Known Member

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    To give you an idea mine went from this

    P1000601_zps4cf07414.jpg

    Eventually to this before I could get back to decent metal to weld P1000605_zps1a28719f.jpg

    Now I could have plated over the top of it but it would have carried on rusting so false economy of time and steel
     
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    Ive just done a mates gearbox & put my hand on the top of chassis under the seat box to pull
    myself under & it crumbled, took the seat box out & both legs were rotten at the top easy enough
    to plate but it added an extra few hours onto the job, oh how I love landys :D
     
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    I think you are going to be seriously shocked/peed off
    What model/year is it?

    I can see hours/days of fun, or pug/paint/auction!

    Chassis swap with all the other stuff you find/need you are going to be the thick end of 3 maybe 4k.
     
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    Private sale, or dealer?
     
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    Private sale
     
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    Never mind! Hopefully that’s the worst of the decay! Don’t despair, everything’s fixable on a Landy, would have been nice to have a solid chassis for 7k, but you’re not the first !
     
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    Ouch....
     
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    Yeah to be honest I should have done my research a bit more before buying as it is my first defender. you live and learn I suppose! Haha
     
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    Just go back to basics with it and know exactly what you're dealing with. Go from there fella.
     
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    goonarmy Beer tester LZIR Despatch Agent

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    Did you buy off eBay in fraserburg?
     
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    Yeah that's the one
     
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