I felt rather dejected having discovered that there was a large rust problem around the body mounts, which was bought to my attention after the MOT Failure. The extent of the rust needed further investigation, however the one thing I was sure of was the inaccessibility of the affected areas.
The picture above was taken from the underside of the taxi, looking up at one of the body mounts. The metal which should surround it has rusted away, and would have made up the inner sill. If you’re interested or just like watching rust being poked through, take a look at the video below which gives a more in depth view of the problem.
As you can appreciate, getting a grinder and welder in such a tight space would be impossible, so I was very keen to find another way to tackle the issue. The best way is going to involve taking the outer sill off and seeing how much of the inner sill is really left.
I don’t know how easy it is to get the inner sills off for repair, I’m not sure if there are any aftermarket sills available and I’m not sure how much hidden rust there is which will be revealed in the process!