In the previous post my wife prepared and painted the interior. Now it's time to do the outside. I used the wire brush and chisel to scrape off excess paint first. This was quite a big job. But the end result was a nicely finished bright white painted surface, and much less shabby.
Painting wheels, new draw bar & other related components
Originally I wasn't going to worry about painting the wheels or even the drawbar. Howver once I start something I tend to go all the way to make it good. So off come the various drawbar related parts for grinding and wire brushing the rust off before painting. And the wheels could do with a paint too.
Old Drawbar Removed & New Drawbar Welded in
Before removing the old drawbar I checked out the wiring loom for the 7 pin round connector that connects the lights etc to the car. I then measured the drawbar so that I could cut the new one to the same size.
Now comes the tricky part... Getting the old draw bar cut out requires a lot of grinding under the chassis in awkward positions. I used a reciprocating saw also for hard to reach areas. I had an accident with the grinder that could have been quite tragic. Thankfully my beard saved me. Finally I got the old draw bar off. I also cut off the old vehicle chassis number and later reattached that to the new drawbar.
My friend Dirk helped me with some of the initial welding to attach the two drawbars (He's a better welder). I welded the plate steel where the tow hitch would go. There were two top and bottom pieces plus a plate for the front.
There was a gap of a month or so before I got the tow hitch attached.
Old Drawbar Accessories