TD21 Series 1 Sill Drains

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durhamsmudger
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Name: Alan Smith

TD21 Series 1 Sill Drains

Postby durhamsmudger » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:57 am

As part of the restoration process I have scraped all the old underseal & paint from the underneath of the car and wirebrushed back to bare metal.

This car underwent major restoration in 1999 when new sills were fitted. What I have discovered is that although the sills are open ended front and rear their are no drain holes?

So my question ( before I paint ) were these cars Built with or without sill drain holes, if they were built with drain holes - where were they positioned? - any photos would help
Thanks
Cheers
Alan

RichardWallach
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Name: Richard Wallach
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Re: TD21 Series 1 Sill Drains

Postby RichardWallach » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:02 pm

Alan,

Get in touch with Chris Prince. If anyone can help he certainly can.


Richard
Melbourne

Peter Martin
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Name: Peter Martin

Re: TD21 Series 1 Sill Drains

Postby Peter Martin » Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:59 pm

Alan

I am familiar with a no. of 3 litres, none of them had drain holes in the cills.

durhamsmudger
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Re: TD21 Series 1 Sill Drains

Postby durhamsmudger » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:57 pm

Hi Peter
Did you ever drill any holes with past cars you have owned , I know these cars are fifty odd years old plus in their design , is this not a normal modification to enhance the longevity of the steel-work, I don't think for one moment I will be the first to do something like this !
Thanks
Alan
Cheers
Alan

Peter Martin
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Re: TD21 Series 1 Sill Drains

Postby Peter Martin » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:31 pm

Alan
My current TE has 2 x 1/2" holes per side drilled by me about 20 years ago.Originality was the last thing on my mind! At that time the car had just undergone a major expensive resto. commissioned by the original owner.No holes in the new cills ,only primer (new panels from RT) but everything was still new and solid. Having drilled the holes I plugged them and half filled the cills with hot waxoyl via the slots in the top rocker panel . Once Waxoyl set, removed plugs.Very occasional clearing of the holes releases any water trapped.The front of the cill is protected by the ali. splash panel and the triangular fillet beneath, the back remains open. I have fitted very flexible rubber flaps behind the front wheels in front of the panel which stop the leading edge of the cill being scoured by road debris and reduces the spray hitting the splash panel .A similar set up behind the rear wheels with a more rigid mud flap reduces the amount of muck collecting at the bottom of the rear wings and extreme back of the car which can also rust badly together with the chassis leg/jacking point section

Very impressed with your paint jobs

Peter

durhamsmudger
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Name: Alan Smith

Re: TD21 Series 1 Sill Drains

Postby durhamsmudger » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:29 pm

Thanks for the pointers, I'll take everything onboard, my next task is to go around the underneath with Upol Seam sealer . I was going to coat the wings with Tintable Raptor and paint the underneath with Valspar resin paint, however a friend of mine who is in the restoration/ Repair trade , told me the Raptor has excellent sound deadening properties so I'm giving it some consideration.
The chassis is booked in to be blasted and repainted with Valspar Resin paint next week, so looks like I'll be busy over the winter
Cheers
Cheers
Alan


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