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Date:         Tue, 11 Jul 2006 16:07:06 -0400
Reply-To:     Tim Demarest <tim.demarest@POBOX.COM>
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From:         Tim Demarest <tim.demarest@POBOX.COM>
Subject:      Re: Body Work, welding, and danger - A question
Comments: To: samc <samc@SURFGLOBAL.NET>
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Safety aside, you need to remove the cabinets to assess the amount of work needed. What you see from the outside is generally just the tip of the 'rustberg'. There's no point in paying for this kind of work unless you do it right, and doing it right involves removing the interior.

When all is done, don't forget to put a bead of clear silicone around each utility inlet, and the fridge vent. The imfamous Westy kitchen rust almost always happens from the inside out, due to water getting in around these. Westfalia dropped the ball by putting foam sponges behind the utility inlets instead of a proper gasket.

At 11:14 AM 7/11/2006 -0400, samc wrote: >My 84 Westy is finally in the shop for a "body uplift" and the fellow >doing the work expressed genuine fear about doing the needed welding to >repair and replace the body parts adjacent to the stove/refridge and >wiring that exists behind the cabinetry. > >He had wondered about removing the cabinetry while he does the work, but >that seems like a daunting and possibly unnecessary task. > >Help? Ideas? > >Tks >SamC

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