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145 inner fender..fan shaped area above shock stock?

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Old Oct 13th, 2017, 03:05   #1
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Default 145 inner fender..fan shaped area above shock stock?

On my new 145, I've discovered a rusty section in the drivers rear fender well. It's rusted through just above the upper shock mount, in the vertical section of the fender well.

I noticed that this rust, is basically in an area that is below a fan shaped piece of sheetmetal on the inner fender well, fanning out upwards from the upper shock mount. I noticed this fan shaped piece of metal on the passenger side as well.


Is this from the factory, and a structural stiffener? Or is this a previous repair?
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Old Oct 13th, 2017, 09:24   #2
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From the factory and important. Be glad they are still there
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Old Oct 13th, 2017, 12:16   #3
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Still Available from Brookhouse Parts scroll down the page towards the bottom.
https://www.classicvolvoparts.co.uk/...=A_Body_Panels

They were a factory item on most model years.
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Old Oct 13th, 2017, 13:58   #4
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Thank you for the replies!That repair panel might be very helpful, depending on how far out the rust goes.

On my car the shocks are not attached to the sheetmetal, they are tied directly into the frame.

Compared with this repair panel, my panels do not have the mounting hole for the shock mount, rather they have a larger diameter cutout on the bottom where the shock resides. I'll try and get a picture if I can.
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I've completed my repairs on both sides which were rusted out. I didn't use a patch panel, but rather formed them myself, and then riveted them in place with silicone RTV between the panels. Hoping that it will survive some challenging water spray. I ran into other problems with the car trying to get it road worthy, and I haven't been able to get it out into a rainy day yet to really test the work.
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For interest that area is a favourite rot-spot for Volvo 140s. My 144 was one-fastidious owner before me - it has been dripping with Waxoyl all its life yet the MoT-tester knew of this problem and showed me before I told him to repair it.
Unfortunately it seems just about every model and make of car has its design or manufacture weak spots: I'm still wondering what causes the huge rust blister coming on the lower front wing of my 740, identical to that on another I've seen for sale recently. The opposite side to the battery, so not spilled acid.

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I've completed my repairs on both sides which were rusted out. I didn't use a patch panel, but rather formed them myself, and then riveted them in place with silicone RTV between the panels. Hoping that it will survive some challenging water spray. I ran into other problems with the car trying to get it road worthy, and I haven't been able to get it out into a rainy day yet to really test the work.
Really riveted???
Not welded in place?
Hopefully you did use stainless steel rivets, and not the s h i t made of alloy....eh, the silicone will held it in place.
Silicone is a damp penetrable material, take care about protection of this!
Never use standart silicon on naked steel.
There is a special silicon one available, protected against damp penetration.
I prefer polyurethane.
regards, Kay
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Welded and seam sealed is the way to go - plenty of zinc rich primer on the hidden surfaces before welding it up.
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