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Malc or Handyman question, possibly

Post by addo » 18 Aug 2014, 13:04

When repairing an inner wing in the UK, are you allowed by insurers to "short cut" it?

I mean, butt weld a forward section rather than go back to wherever the spots are (presuming the spotwelds are not that close)? That is assuming it's not a high strength alloy pressing, of course. Like, on a Xantia, if you cut the inner wing vertically in line with the rear of the battery tray, and butt-welded in a new or donor pressing. I refer only to the inner wing panel itself, not adjacent pressings like the forward wheelwell or strut tower, or any collapsible bracing.

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Re: Malc or Handyman question, possibly

Post by citronut » 18 Aug 2014, 19:11

looking on service citroen
it shows the top/horizontal section of the inner wing from the head lamp mout/slam panel to the front of the strut turret, OE part No.'s 7119G3 and 7120K5,
to be a separate panel section from the main inner wing vertical section,

i think UK insurance companies would frown on cut and shutting section though, unless the were sections produced as a repair part

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Post by addo » 19 Aug 2014, 12:18

That was my gut feeling, good to have local input though.

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Post by addo » 02 Sep 2014, 08:22

Interesting conclusion to this one.

I consulted the Thatcham's guide for the car in question, and it condones a shortcutting repair, very clearly describing a MIG constant seam weld to join a repair section cut from the factory serviced larger panel. For this situation, it saves a whole lot of grief including dash and outer A pillar removal. From experience the repairers and assessors here will defer to Thatchams when you argue the toss, as the Methods (now e-Scribe) are used for a lot of Euro sourced vehicles.

Commonsense - who'da thunk it? :roll: