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Large MPVs -- Ford Galaxy / VW Sharan / SEAT Alhambra: => Ford Galaxy / VW Sharan / SEAT Alhambra => Topic started by: globetrotter2000 on March 05, 2014, 10:24:21 PM

Title: rear wheel arch rust.
Post by: globetrotter2000 on March 05, 2014, 10:24:21 PM
I have a mark 2 2.3 ghia with a badly repaired rear offside wheel arch (not sure whether the repair was from rust or accident damage.) Anyway, I want to get a repair panel and replace the rusted section. The problem is that, however hard I have looked, the only such panels I can find on the internet are for a Galaxy Mk1. I am almost positive that, in that area, the two models are identical, but not certain enough to go and buy the panels on offer. Can anyone enlighten me on this?
Title: Re: rear wheel arch rust.
Post by: insanitybeard on March 06, 2014, 10:01:19 AM
It certainly exists (or existed) as a repair panel from Ford, see here (http://eucatparts.com/?action=cat_ford_part&s_id_part=24631&s_id_model=99) (number 3 on the diagram- the descriptions look wrong though so don't pay too much attention to them!). If you were going down the ebay route there are people breaking Galaxies that would likely cut and sell you the panel, somebody has actually got an offside one for sale- see this (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VW-Sharan-Driver-Rear-Quarter-Panel-2003-mk2-Fits-Seat-Alhambra-Ford-Galaxy-/330914529048?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item4d0c0aff18).
Title: Re: rear wheel arch rust.
Post by: globetrotter2000 on May 24, 2014, 08:30:46 PM
Thanks for the info. Id seen that quarter panel on Ebay but it was far too expensive considering the transport costs and the fact that the labour and paint was going to cost close to 500, which was the cheapest quote by a mile! On a 2001 galaxy thats a bit too steep.

Anyway, we resolved the problem another way. The body repairer, who is a bit of an enthusiast, discovered that a Mark 3 Escort left hand rear wheel arch, when reversed and fitted to the right hand of a Galaxy, is almost identical or, at least, the centre section is, which was the bit we needed! He cut out the rust, re-metalled the inner arch where that had rusted too, welded in the Escort arch, finished, rustproofed and painted the arch inside and out, plus the two right hand doors which someone had run a key along, all for 450 plus 20 quid for the aftermarket Escort repair panel!! The result looks amazing! Needless to say, Ive kept his number.
Title: Re: rear wheel arch rust.
Post by: globetrotter2000 on May 24, 2014, 08:38:51 PM
On the subject of the Ford supplied repair panel, by the way, you are right.. it existed, as did an aftermarket copy.. but they have both been discontinued through lack of demand. I tried every body part shop i could find on the internet and all those in the liverpool area and got the same answer everywhere.. no longer available.  Apparently, Galaxy arches don't rust. My body repairer says that mine rusted because of  poor rustproofing after accident repair that was done when the car was fairly new.
Title: Re: rear wheel arch rust.
Post by: Chrispb on May 24, 2014, 08:59:03 PM
Have to agree you don't see many rusted arches unless they had accident, on the whole these cars are pretty good on rust.
I have seen a few with front outrigger damage as a result of jacking and breaking the underseal.
Title: Re: rear wheel arch rust.
Post by: insanitybeard on May 25, 2014, 12:17:39 AM
Not that it matters now of course but I reckon there's a very good chance you can still get that panel from VW for the Mk2 Sharan (which must be nearly identical to the Galaxy if not actually the same), as the Sharan was still built by VW in that form up until 2010 then it's likely still available from them.