I should have paid closer attention. Ice storms and snow cover made me reluctant to crawl around under this vehicle on initial inspection but now that I've made it home I have a very bad discovery. There is a terrible section of frame rot at the front drivers side frame. It has me freaking out pretty bad.
This was a private sale but purchased from a mechanic who was selling the vehicle for a relative. The only other issue I've found so far is a bad oil pressure sensor (it always reads 128psi). I have not gone over the frame with a magnifying glass but this area of the frame is far, far and away the worst sign of damage. There is no external body rust on the car and just a quarter size spot inside the passenger door frame.
For reference this is a 1998 park ave ultra with 118k.
Normally, as a private purchase, I would just eat the cost. But since this came from a mechanic who knew the vehicle I feel like they deserve a phone call and an opportunity to help make this right. How can you miss this? I'm surprised it didn't break on the way home.
I have a gearhead friend who suggested welding reinforcements around the frame or finding a piece of C-Channel and welding it around the frame. The location of the rot makes it a fairly good place to attempt this kind of repair.
How would a professional repair this? Any idea what it would cost?