If you’ve owned a classic/old car, you’ll already know how annoying rust is – you think you’ve got rid of it, but it comes back     before you know it. It’s also very common to start removing a small section of rust, to find that there is a cavernous pit of the red stuff. Before you know it, there’s very little metal left!

You’ll find some posts below of my escapades, whilst I try and improve the bodywork on my taxi.


  The landscape has changed somewhat since I posted about Removing the Rear Wings in October last year. As a consequence, I've had more time off work to focus on the rust which was revealed in the rear wheel arches, and the floor of the boot. These areas were flagged up...
removing fairway taxi rear wing

Removing the Rear Wings

Since the MOT failure last year, I have been working slowly but surely around the inner sills and body mounts and replacing rust with either new parts, or at least new metal. I still haven't completely finished, which is why has been rather silent of late - I...
Body mount rust

Rusty Sills

The taxi failed the MOT because the inner sills were suffering had rusted around the body mounts. I have a look to see how much work needs to be done...
fairway mot failure

MOT Failure!

It's not at all surprising that the taxi failed the MOT, however I'm slightly worried that the reasons behind the failure will now put the taxi off the road for a long time. As I mentioned in my last post, I was expecting a failure as the MOT expired over...

A Look Underneath

I had a quick look underneath the taxi to see what the general state is with all the bits and pieces out of sight. Firstly it's apparent that the rear diff has been leaking a bit, the gearbox also and there is a decent spot of rust on the...

A Large Undertaking

I've been putting off having a good look around the taxi because I know the bodywork is looking fairly tired at the moment and it pains me to see the taxi in that state. However, I had a bit of spare time this morning so I moved the taxi out...
Since I last updated the website, regretfully the taxi has been somewhat unloved. It has been sitting on my front driveway for over a year, dormant and susceptible to the weather. My efforts over summer 2018 have been ploughed into a complete respray of 'Marve' my 1971 Fiat 500L, which...