Out came the outriggers for a bit of prepping. First up was to drill a few holes on the outter edge of the dirvers side ready for plug welding. I then positioned my fabricated support bracket (remember that little beauty from the last post?!) underneath using a couple of small G clamps. Utilising a reference photo on my laptop I was able to visually fine-tune the angle of the bracket to ensure it was in the correct position. VW never put them on totally square it would seem):
I then plug welded the bracket into place from the topside through the holes I had previously drilled:
Good signs of penetration on the bottom is what I like to see:
Dressed the top edge and gave it a lick of primer:
The outriggers also needed minor adaptions to make them correct for a RHD car. Time for a quick round of 'spot the difference'...
Having manipulated the profiles to roughly match up with the spine of the chassis, I bare metalled all the areas to be welded, offered up the outriggers and added the first initial tack welds with the shell lifted up for better access:
Then dropped the shell back down to check the fit:
There we have. A lot of repeated lifting, but time saved down the road as I know the chassis matches up with the shell like a glove! All thats needed now are the final bead welds to fix these pieces into position ...but that will just have to wait for another time as I have family festive business to attend to!