Called down to see the van at the shop and this is what i saw......the hole got bigger
as you can see from the photo's both side pieces of the chasis rail at the rear of the spring hangers are missing... they were too rotten to salvage. The cross members/floor braces were degraded enough to crush with the hands, and the left hand chassis rail is blistered with rust, enough to buckle the steel. The steel panels/plates at the rear of the wheel arch below the cross member have had to be totally removed and new pieces made, from templates and cut from the steel that we removed when fitting the windoows - nice bit of recycling!
We cant chop the left hand chassis rail out so whats going to happen is, a piece of angle section welded across the perished steel and the rotten metal will be taken out with a grinder or in this case a pair of blunt school scissors
If you are wondering why the garage floor looks that colour? its the remnants of my load area floor
Just to give you an idea of how much "solid" floor and rear section was left is in this next picture... a mudflap is there for scale. Notice the long brown piece of steel section at the front right? that was the floor support and you can pick it up and break pieces off with your hands!!!!!
Who wants to see a photo of the brave chap who is doing all this welding or should i say restoration work?