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Footwell Replacement

So, having removed the bulkhead, I detached the steering wheel, and removed the windscreen wipers, wiring harness, air vents, and of course the pedals from the drivers' side. Now it is of course possible to carry out footwell replacement with the bulkhead in situ; but I think it's definitely easier with the bulkhead removed.

Interestingly enough, at the time I did this, replacement footwells for a 110 bulkhead were not available anywhere, so I ordered footwells for a Series 3 from Craddocks.

As expected, when the two footwell repair sections arrived, I found that they needed some "tweaking". Note the difference in height of the vertical section:

Drivers' side footwell

The first thing I did was to expose all the spot-welds holding the footwell in place, by using a using a wire brush on an angle grinder:

Spotwelds in drivers' side footwell

I then drilled out all these spot welds using a special drill bit, and also removed those on the replacement footwell (in order to separate the side panel). Placing the side panel on the old removed footwell shows the difference between a Series footwell and that from a 110. I cut out a filler piece using some scrap sheet metal.

Differences between Series 3 and 110 footwell

This was then welded into place:

110 footwell filler piece

The main section of the new footwell was then cut in the middle, re-shaped to match the side panel, and then spot-welded into place.

110 footwell filler piece welded

The modified footwell was then spot-welded to the bulkhead.

110 footwell welded to bulkhead

Finally another section was cut from some scrap sheet metal to strengthen and fill the middle section, and welded into place. The cutout for the brake pedal was enlarged to match the old panel and holes were drilled for the accelerator pedal and steering column supports.

Driver footwell repaired

The process was then repeated for the passenger-side footwell. Here's what it originally looked like:

Passenger footwell before repair

And here it is after the new section has been fitted:

Passenger footwell repaired

In case you were wondering, all the welding of this repair was done with a Clarke 130Amp mig welder.

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