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Old April 22nd, 2010, 02:22 PM
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Bulkhead Welding v New

Hello all,

I'm trying to decide between fixing a pile of rust on my original bulkhead v buy new. In either case it'll be galvy in the end.

Known rust probs on my bulkhead:
1. both top corners
2. First 6 inches of the top right (bit under the bulkhead to windscreen seal)
3. both foot wells
4. both lower door pillars

I'm weighing the cost of patch panels + pro welding expense v buying new. So my Q is how many hours should I be looking at to cut and weld 1-4, if I pay a pro to do it. My local welding shops are happy to provide a quote if I bring it to their shop, but I'm still stripping it on the chassis. What's the ballpark on hours 3, 5, 10... to do a "Jim good" job?

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Old April 22nd, 2010, 07:52 PM
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maybe a new/used + this is an option? http://mudstuff.co.uk/Bulkhead_Removal_Bar.shtml
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maybe a new/used + this is an option? http://mudstuff.co.uk/Bulkhead_Removal_Bar.shtml
I don't think that is the bulkhead he is talking about.

Paul had it been just the footwells I would just patch. I did mine and it really wasn't that bad. Yours sounds like it's pretty extensive. Maybe a new bulkhead would be a great compliment to that new LT95 you got.
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Buy new. When you strip it down you will find more issues. If you could DIY the welding it might be worth it to save depending on how much needed work, but based on your description -- no way.
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Check. Thanks guys. I was afraid that If I drop a few hundred on patch panels then a pile on pro welding I might still have unknown rust deep inside. I can turn wrenches well enough, but not welding, at least not yet. Now it's time to find a new RHD bulkhead. Shipping from UK ought to be fun. If anyone knows of a 'deal' on a RHD domestically, I'm in the market.

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Maybe a new bulkhead would be a great compliment to that new LT95 you got.
Ought to be basically a new rig, when I'm done.
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Paul,

When I was working on my bulkhead a few months back, Stephen was teasing me with a brand new LHD one he got in his storage shed. We talked about converting it to RHD and it looks doable. He may still have it. I may stop by his place this weekend to look at his new 110. If you want I can ask him or take some pics for you.
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Yeah, buy new - it will be easy to put 20+ hours into fixing the bulkhead after buying the parts. The last thing you want to do is pay 2000+ to fix when less than 1500 should buy you a new one.
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So you are keeping it RHD?

Rovers North or Westchester LR may have some for sale less expensive then normal. A year or so ago I had some ordered that showed up RHD instead of LHD. Someone else picked them up since I passed on them. So look around a bit. It was 6 or more of them at the time.
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Per Mike at LR Westchester, those are gone.
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So you are keeping it RHD?
Absolutely! The turbo on my 4BD1T shares the same space as a LHD steering box and I really like the 4BD1T. Besides RHD is quirky fun.

I'll check around at domestic sources. Thanks.
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