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Anyone got a VZ Cross 8 Crewman? (But now I have one :) )

Fu Manchu

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I removed the door seals. There was rust. Not too bad though. So much gross yuck. I don't get photos of it. Mould too. Scrubbed it and then wiped it clean. Got in behind that plastic b-pillar cover as best I could. You can see a run from the yuck in one of the pictures.

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So wire wheeled the spots.

Then some rust converter.
I haven’t figured out then next step. Maybe some cold galv then white epoxy enamel? Open to ideas.

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Also vacuumed the inside again. Got right under the front carpet further than before. There is this odd panel in the drivers foot well. It is a high density foam, but I found rust spots on it. I think it’s metal inside? I can’t remove it. I can lift it a little.

I got some rust converter onto it and it cleaned off fine. It might be from moisture when I soaked the carpets cleaning them? No evidence of moisture over time.

Also found a small spring under the accelerator pedal and into the far right gap in the carpet. No idea what it’s from?
 

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The seals had rust in them too. So much gross schmutz caked up in them. Same grey green dried grot. Got most of it off.

I’ll get a heap of rust converter in there, then pressure clean them again. Hopefully that gets the staining out?
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Whats left of the caked on grot. These were scrubbed, pressure washed, then scrubbed again. Then pressure washed again.

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The rust stains can be seen in this one.

Still not sure what to use in the seal before I put them back on? What are the 4wd crew using in similar situations? Thought of silicon grease, maybe my thick pop up sprinkler lube, lithium grease or lanolin?
 
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Got that panel out. It has a steel plate through the high density foam. Had to remove the foot rest. Lifted it up and toward me. Made a snap as it unclipped, then I could bring it forward under the carpet and out with a small effort.

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I’d imagine it’s roll is to lift the foot position under the pedals.

It sits on the bitumen sound deadener on the floor, so has some staining from that.
It was clipped down. Also hooked over the stud up under the dash that holds the floor carpet down.

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No rust under that on the floor. A small rust stain that I’ll clean off.

The rust will get treated with Ranex rust converter before it goes back in.
 

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Got the rust sorted on that footwell panel. It got a treatment of rust converter, then cleaned (mild soapy water sprayed lightly) and painted.

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Also got the outer b-pillar trim off and cleaned up. Not sure why it looks so shiny in the after pic? Anyway, it looks new. Will give the plastic a buff tomorrow.

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I noticed the b-pillar trim is made in Germany and the seals that screw to the b-pillar have Opel printed on them. I would imagine the B-pillar is also shared on other GM cars. I know the indicators are also found on Opel Astra and the SS cup holders are Saab.
 

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Door seals got a bit more work.

Treated the rust stuck on the rubbers with rust converter. Then the remaining grot the pressure cleaning didn’t remove, got soak with citrus oil. That did the trick.

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Was able to scrape off the grot once it had softened from the citrus goo remover.

Also got the rust off by scraping it off with a small screw driver.

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Some of the grot on the end of the screwdriver.

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Then I pressure washed the seals again. The bin was perfect to do the pressure cleaning. I’m really happy with the result. Almost like new. Once dry, I’ll spray them with aerospace 303 and let it soak in. Then they’ll be like new.
 

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Today I got the mud flaps cleaned up. These were full of dry mud and sand. They have a tiny drain hole so I put some bigger ones in so they can’t fill again. Will tidy the edges.

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Before (well as good as I have because I have already cleaned this)

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After. Looking really nice. Sugar soap did the job well.

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They are a little battered, but ok still.
 

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Got some sound deadener down under the carpet. Now because the carpet has thick foam on it, you have to take care lifting it or the foam tears. That happened a bit.

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I didn’t go all out here, I just don’t have the money for that. Yes it’s flawed but it is better than it was. I covered the factory bitumen panels mostly.

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(I have the carpet lifted up here) I had some butyl and foam left, so got a couple of panels on the trans tunnel.
Covered that with some spare underlay.

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Also got some onto the back of the sill panel trims.
 

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This weird foam and steel drivers footwell panel got a coat of black zinc paint to seal up the exposed steel plate inside the foam. Just sprayed the whole lot.

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Top side

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The underside.

Then the exposed and painted areas of the steel got some strips of butyl and foam to seal it up.

Hard to get photos to show it well.
 
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