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wtf is a "Flitch Support Member"?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by SB118, 15 Sep 2009.

  1. SB118

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,609

    Location: "Sunny" Plymouth

    Friend of ours has MOTd his Vito van and the only welding piece is listed as "Nearside front (Flitch Support Member) Suspension compnent mounting prescribed area is excessively corroded."

    I don't have a clue what they're talking about.

    I've had a look at the NSF and the only rust i can find is this...
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    The actual shock mount is rock solid and the underside of that area is solid too (even after a good jabbing with screwdriver), but i'm guessing this is within the area for suspension stength?

    Is this are a flitch support member? :confused::confused: is this possibly the most stupid name for a vehicle part? and is it going to be an utter beach to get access too?
     
  2. ci_newman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 24 Feb 2004

    Posts: 9,376

    Location: Hook, Hants

    Wow that is rusted, and probably provides some part of the front impact protection I would have thought.

    IIRC, if it's within 30cm of a crucial mounting pointing (e.g. Brakes, top mounts) then it'll be a fail. I can't believe it has become that poor in just a year since it's last MOT though.
     
  3. 4T5

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 Aug 2004

    Posts: 27,746

    Location: Middle of England

    Never heard of it myself but that rust looks bad enough to fail because of how close it is to the top of the strutt. I reckon the Dude made the name up himself. Looks a bitch of a job to get to, Rather you than me mate.
     
  4. VFR_KID

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Jul 2008

    Posts: 3,250

    Location: Fife way up in Scotland

    Im surprised that it hasnt failed in the past, thats not just happened since the last MOT
     
  5. SB118

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,609

    Location: "Sunny" Plymouth

    ok, wing off and the job is "slightly" bigger than expected. I've knocked out anything that was loose and this is the hole so far.

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    Think i'm going to be busy tomorrow!
     
  6. thepharcyde

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Mar 2004

    Posts: 8,258

    Save yourself a job and take it down the scrappy.
     
  7. Cybermyk

    Soldato

    Joined: 31 May 2005

    Posts: 6,850

    Location: Peoples Republik of Teesside

    I think it's actually a flitch support panel, not heard it called that in years mind.
     
  8. s0ck

    Soldato

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,299

    Love a bit of flitch tbh.
     
  9. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 27,729

    Location: LE9/OTK

    Yeah that's nicely deteriorated isn't it. Repair panel, or cutting plain steel to fit? Will be hard to get rigidity in it if you go down that route I guess.
     
  10. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 27,729

    Location: LE9/OTK

    Why? It's not actually that big a deal, just time consuming to repair.
     
  11. SB118

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,609

    Location: "Sunny" Plymouth

    Using fresh steel, cut it to shape, them weld the seams. Boring long assed job :(
     
  12. Fuzz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 3 Aug 2003

    Posts: 15,298

    Location: Cheltenham ;-)

    A flitch panel is basically an inner wing or part there of that connects bulkhead to pillar and wing.
    Looks like you found the correct rust hole to weld up :D

    It'll be easier if the panel is available to buy and weld that in instead of trying to make one from scratch.

    It failed because the hole is within 12" of the suspension mount (top mount)
     
  13. SB118

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,609

    Location: "Sunny" Plymouth

    Utter ballache of a job, having to make the new panels and follow the curve of the arch.



    Learned a lesson today. You wear a mask to protect your eyes from the blinding light and uv radiation. This last point is the important one. If you spend the day welding in a t-shirt, you will end up with ****ing sunburn on your arms!
     
  14. Fuzz

    Capodecina

    Joined: 3 Aug 2003

    Posts: 15,298

    Location: Cheltenham ;-)

    oh yes, any exposed skin will get some good abuse off the UV radiation the welding arc gives off..