Dissupointed in my Patrol

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 23:06
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after working on the engine bay of the patrol for the last 5 months , I today notices some cracks in the inner guards , decided to investigate further and did a full front half strip , guards / lights / wiring loom , the whole lot . Well what a shock . all up 12 cracks on the drivers side and 6 on the passenger side . even some of the spot welds have come apart .

So I guess now , ill have to spend the next month in welding and re enforcing the whole front end.

Once inside , curiosity got the better of me , so I rang some mates that are probably as mad as I am and asked if they had had similar issues , well out of 5 cars 3 cruisers ( highly modified ) and 2 Patrols (also highly modified ) guess what. Both Patrol owners had had similar issues . cracks on the inner guards. So I ask , how do we stop it happening , the answer was , a lot of re enforcing lol.

What can i say , very sad.
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Reply By: gramps - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 23:14

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 23:14
Rock Crawler,

There's a price to be paid for having fun :))))
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 23:16

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006 at 23:16
true , does give me something to do , so i can stay in the garage lol
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 00:03

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 00:03
Yep thats the price of fun.

Thats why our rally cars used to get all the seam welding and reinforcing done before they turned a wheel. :-)

Incidently its better than cracked chassis which a lot of range rovers suffer because of good ride,
I had one coming at me on gibber near Mt Dare at about 120kph I recon
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 00:26

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 00:26
Don't GQ's crack around the floor to chassis mounting points also? Particularly the back ones? I'm pretty sure that was a known source for a lot of noises that reverb as if they are coming from the front end.

I could be wrong...

Dave
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:32

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:32
will look tonight , thanks for the tip
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Reply By: cokeaddict - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 06:12

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 06:12
Hi Crawler,
From what i have read over the past 2 years, it seems to be more common on GQ's that drive over corrigations. Seems the inner guards are the "pivot" point where all the vibrating metal meets, thus causing it to crack. I have also noticed that cracking on BOTH inner gards occurs IF a dual battery system is fitted.

My first GQ never did any serious corrigation work, instead she copped a hammering with mud and rocks. I would abuse the crap out of mine getting airborn many times. after 600,000 kms she had no signs of cracks.

I recall back in the days when the TE model cortina was here, they had a chassis crack problem in the front end. The crack would run from top to bottom until the chassis would break off. FORD, to their credit found a way to stup the crack by drilling a 1/8th hole at the end of the crack line. So thats what we did to them all until ford finally included this drilling in its production line. It stopped the cracking from expanding alright, worked a treat. Maybe if you have a crack in ur inner guard, you could try drilling each end, it will stop the crack from travelling at that point
Ange
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:59

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 07:59
G'day Angelo, my son has a SWB Maverick/GQ and it has developed cracks infront of the footwell above the body mounts. Looks like new mounts and a bit of welding.

It appears to be fairly common, first noticed be the creaking noise from the floor region.
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:34

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:34
to bad to just drill , will need to be welded and strengthened
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Follow Up By: cokeaddict - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 13:52

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 13:52
Hi Crawler,
Yes mate you are correct there. Sorry i didnt explain myself well, what i meant to say was...the drilling was to stop the crack from getting longer, (in ref to the TE cortina's) But definately need to be welded. Apoligies to all.
Ange
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:41

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:41
You have been known to break trucks.....LOL
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:50

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:50
I havent even started to break this one
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Reply By: Andrew (Whyalla SA) - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:47

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:47
Adam (the original owner of your GQ) had serious cracking issues around the body mounts and reinforced them. That would be 3 or 4 years ago.
That has probably transferred the stresses to the adjacent areas causing the cracking that you are now finding.
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:49

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 08:49
and the V8 dosnt help either lol
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Reply By: DesC - Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 18:42

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 at 18:42
don't worry 80 series wagons do the same thing.
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