Time to check out the refurbished bulkhead…. The original had rotted out in the normal places…. foot wells and the feet of the door pillars. To be honest, the original condition was not all that bad, given it was 50 years old. If I think of the a previously owned Series 3, (a newer vehicle by some 20 years) the bulkhead on LGL was in pretty good fettle.
New footwells and door pillars have been let in and the whole thing hot dipped galvanised. Some small amount of distortion has occurred in the thinner sheet panels but I’m not worried about that…. so long as the whole thing is square.
Theres a few things to do before preparation for painting, one of which is to drill out the holes that have been filled with zinc and to fit the captive nuts that will hold the doors on. I don’t want to do this after everything is painted to avoid damage to anything whilst fitting these into the door pillars.
Before even thinking about painting prep, its important to make sure the bulkhead fits. I had to file out a lot of zinc from the bottom of the door pillars where the main retaining bolts fit but its easily done. I also drilled out some of the the small holes that had filled with zinc. Better to do this now than when its painted.