The Rust Directory

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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by tinpants » Sun May 10, 2015 8:36 am

I can recommend The Lodge garage near Wrexham to the rust directory. Only a small out of the way place, £400 to cut out rear arches and respray panels,
I asked how much to respray the whole of the bottom half of the van (windows down) and all the tailgate which was silver and van was blue and under seal where he could £750 all in. Lodge Garage Near Wrexham. 01978 758521 ask for Keith Williams. Mark runs the mechanical side of things and has done a grand job when I've needed him.
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by mikeonb4c » Sun May 10, 2015 10:53 am

tinpants wrote:I can recommend The Lodge garage near Wrexham to the rust directory. Only a small out of the way place, £400 to cut out rear arches and respray panels,
I asked how much to respray the whole of the bottom half of the van (windows down) and all the tailgate which was silver and van was blue and under seal where he could £750 all in. Lodge Garage Near Wrexham. 01978 758521 ask for Keith Williams. Mark runs the mechanical side of things and has done a grand job when I've needed him.
Those really are very good prices. did that price include the cost of the Mercedes Sprinter wheel arches?
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by corrour » Wed May 13, 2015 8:52 pm

My award goes to David alias Kloonsy at Bongo Bodyshop in Barnsley.
I will post pics asap but after meeting him a few years ago i kept mine instead of finding another.
Bottom half spray,new sills,rear arches and front crossmember repair all done to a very high standard.
You get what you pay for granny told me and with Dave you get more than that and Tea as well.
So he gets 99 /100 in my book..........
Would have been 100 but he never has any sugar......
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by Dr Fingers » Thu May 14, 2015 3:52 pm

Any recommendations in the Brighton/Sussex area?

Thanks

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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by Mark Elvin » Thu May 14, 2015 8:23 pm

TSSST
Unit 2,
Dyfrig Road Industrial Estate,
Cardiff,
CF5 5AD

02920 576678

Done me proud on the Bongo, not the quickest, but I'm happy with the job, at a great price.
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by keridavies » Fri May 15, 2015 12:42 pm

In Birmingham, I've just had some good work done by:

Ace Repair Centre
1601 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 2JF
0121 451 3223
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by mikeonb4c » Fri May 15, 2015 1:39 pm

keridavies wrote:In Birmingham, I've just had some good work done by:

Ace Repair Centre
1601 Pershore Road Birmingham B30 2JF
0121 451 3223
Sounds interesting. What work did they do and what were they like on price, promptness and quality. I've a friend not far south of Birmingham who might need some Bongo work doing at some point.
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by mikexgough » Sun May 17, 2015 11:10 am

Gladwins in St ives, Cambs.... quality workmanship using Merc Sprinter arches...
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by Dave104 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:04 pm

Mazda Bongo "under-sealing/waxyol" at Rust Master Hatfield. On 17th May 2015

Bongo needed complete undersealing including inside box sections where possible. Front & rear doors & bonnet.
Quite difficult to find this place. Chap called Michael Miller, an Aussie! nice chap!
Left Bongo there at 10am went back at 4pm Bongo done.
We went to Hatfield House "a very interesting place to visit" as we needed to stay local to pick it up.
Job was done well, spare wheel removed, all areas looked to be well covered.
There was a very fine over spray as it is in the air particles & can not be helped. He wiped most of with White spirit. But we gave the Bongo a good clean when we got home.

Verdict: Good job done. Helpful chap. Be prepared to do a valet yourself after collection.
Cost: £395 special offer as moving to new premises at St Albans for better access. Would I use Ruster Master again yes :D

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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by Ian » Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:23 am

The Rust Directory is now available as a pdf from the member's area of the main website. If you have any more recommendations please let us know.
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by TerryG » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:43 pm

Just had my rear arches replaced with Sprinter ones by Melvin Davis of Matfield Body & Paint, near Tonbridge, Kent. He's a classic VW camper expert so knows all about keeping old campervans on the road! Mine was his first Bongo but he had no trouble doing the job, which included a bottom half respray. Tel: 07748477661.
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by sotal » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:23 am

Got mine in at Ian Taylor right now,

Having the arches chopped out and replaced and the inside wax oiled, will post some pictures when it is done (hopefully later this week)

One thing I will note is the speed the arches deteriorated.

We bought the Bongo in July. We noticed the first bubble in October. By January there were a few bubbles on each side and one had a pin hole causing a brown stain down the paintwork. By Feb both sides had a pin hole / brown stain. By March there were lots of bubbling all round the arch.

So we lasted about 3 months with no sign of rust at all.
Then within 5 months they had deteriorated to quite a bad state.

There were signs that it had been repaired in the past, so I presume it had just been filled. Fingers crossed that a proper job - cutting the arches out etc will sort it for a good few years to come.
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by martinc » Thu May 12, 2016 10:47 pm

Hi ,

I would like to add a very prompt and professional body repair garage in North Shropshire near Oswestry . they are competitive on price and did a fantastic job doing the arches and cills on our Bongo .

MC Body Repairs
Rednal Ind Est
West Felton
Oswestry
Shropshire
SY114HS

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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by davepickering » Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:57 pm

any good repairers in Essex area please
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Re: The Rust Directory

Post by davepickering » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:53 pm

davepickering wrote:any good repairers in Essex area please
found someone in local area said he would do chassis, sills, wheel arches, but will not use the sprinter arches I bought off ebay says to thin metal he can make better himself ( quote around £600 the lot ) if I remove seats and side panels for his fire watcher access and rear bumper, did ask if he knows the Bongos
answer worked on imported bongos solid for 5 years not much he hasn't done..........let you know how I get on.