Starting to make some headway now with the substructure.
Taking the ‘worst side first’ approach, I have cut out the rot in the NS door hinge frame and fabricated new channels to replace the rusty areas. Jag used pop rivets to hold the angles in these, so I’ve copied that. Also made up a new captive nut plate for the wing closing panel, which takes the upper captive nut holes as datum. This lot should be in place properly in the next day or two, then I can sort the (much less rusty) other side before tidying up the toeboards. I’m converting to RHD, but I plan to leave all holes, captive plates etc. in position for LHD for ease of conversion back again should this ever become necessary.
Note in the lower hinge frame panel (topmost in the photo) - drain holes!! Thanks for not bothering to drill any, Jaguar…
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