Basil had a seriously eroded rear crossmember. It looked like some sort of lace, but lace with sharp edges. The frame ahead looked to be in good shape so I had a rear crossmember with extensions ready to go. We towed the truck over to Ted's place and got right on it.
I have to give a HUGE amount of thanks to Ted Rose. Not only did he tow the truck around the city, he also supplied the tools, the location, the knowledge (this area is way outside my past experience), most of the labour and did the welding. He even seemed to give the impression that he was enjoying it. He's a professional Land Rover mechanic and did a proper job of it. He helped me get started on this project with both technical and moral support!
|At Ted's house. You can see his SIII 88" (with a new frame), an MGB GT in the garage beside a 1949 ex-DOD SI 80" and an Austin Healey 100/4. No seriously, the Healey is the snowbank.|
|The state of the original.|
|The original was amazingly tenacious. We thought we'd just be able to look at it crosseyed and it would admit defeat and drop to the ground. But no. Removing the old was the longest part of the job. Note the precision tool.|
|The remains of the old. That's the result of a lot of effort to remove!|
|Cleaning up for the welding. In case you're wondering, it was about -8C that day. Toasty warm.|
|Cutting the new bit to fit.|
|Ready to accept the new part. The frame rails were very solid here - a good thing. We pulled a large mouse house out of the near-side chassis member as well.|
|Welding away. Note the precision alignment tool.Ted had three people watching him weld and set himself on fire. Helpful bunch.|
|The final result. Ready for another 35 years.|
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