We’ve just started works on this W reg (2000) Honda Civic. This is the MB chassis born out of collaboration with Rover at the time. This was built in the Swindon factory which Honda have recently closed. Based on the Domani, which in turn was mechanically similar to the fifth generation Civic, this version was marketed in Europe as the MA/MB/MC Civic and Civic Aerodeck. The car was mutually developed during Rover’s collaboration with Honda. Domani means tomorrow in Italian which is appropriate because the car failed the MOT and the garage advised the customer was best off scrapping the car. Somehow we came up on a web search, and now we have a customer very happy that we are saving her beloved car. The objective of this welding work was to achieve a strong, long lasting repair that didn’t cost the earth. If we were working on a more valuable classic, then each repair should look almost invisible. These areas were covered by plastic sill covers so many welds were not fully ground back. This saves time and cost.
There are a number of areas that need work, we decided to take on this project and attempt to complete in 1 week.
Sills usually go nearer the wheel well and the jacking point, chiefly to do with the location to the wheel and spray thrown up from the road. Often the realisation your car needs serious work is when the jacking point moves upwards when a trolley jack is used.
One of the real giveaways to indicate that a car has heavy corrosion, is where the jacking points have collapsed after years of having tyres changed using a jack where more load is placed on the reinforced lift point.
The next step when the primer has dried is to add seam sealer – this is a Polyurethane or PVC based product which is applied along and around the welds and seams. Designed to ensure the repair is effectively sealed to prevent the entry of water and more corrosion.