Poor thing only has 250k on the odomoter. I investigated the clunking that has been going on in the rear all winter. For the moment this car is retired. it looks like its 1 set of railroad tracks away from sending the strut into the trunk.
However, i build industrial machinery for a living, am a fairly competent fabricator and have a machine shop at my disposal.
Any chance i can safely get away with cutting/bending/forming a chunk of 1/8 plate to fit up in there and just weld the crap out of it to anything i can find that'* solid? Other then the heavy bracket at the top, the rest of the tower seems to be made of lighter sheetmetal. Guessing 16g or so. The whole setup seems like it was kind of flimsy when it was brand new.
Or maby just cut some of that 1/8 plate to fit around that heavy bracket and weld to everything around it?
If i can get another year or 2 out of this thing, that would be awesome. Its just too fun to drive to send to the crusher.
I took a screwdriver to it and knocked off what was loose and bent the hanging bits back and forth till they came off. Not a whole lot left.