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Old 12-24-2005, 04:01 AM   #31
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I hope you can fix her up...I really hope mine doesn't look like that, but we have the same conditions over here.

Too bad you didn't leave around here, because this popped up the other day. http://www.canadatrader.com/result/d...6&pgno=1&srt=1
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To bad your so far away, I have a 96 bonneville ssei with 130,000 kms on it , just safetied and Im only asking 500 for it
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Gooood LORD!

I was under the impression that everyone here is able to get under the car at least once every few months and be able to get even the tiniest surface rust repaired. How wrong I was!

I thought my car was bad, and here I am, pulling my hair apart to get even the tiniest spot of rust under it sandblasted, and coated with good paint!! I'm assuming thats over the rear wheel wells? MAN, thats bad.

Then again you guys probably are the type that just jump in and drive, and not let the tiniest amount of rust scare you. lol. I on the other hand, am very hard pressed to get under the car to check it out every once in a while!

Well, best bet, try making sure the rear, and front subframe are strongly connected to the chassis well. If it collaspes at 100 KPH, man, I would NOT want to be in the car. Maybe you can have a shop, a frame shop repair those sections, they can do it VERY easily with a torch, and the right tools, and can make the car strong, and safe, you might get another 2 years out of it.

One more thing, in your areas, do they have annual saftey inspections? In NB, where bonnieboy23 and I live, we have them, and they are strict about em. The car MUST be as close to the way it was when it came from the factory, no holes whasoever. They can, be a good thing for some areas, and some areas, like the sunny (no snow or salt) areas, they aren't needed. lol
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they use salt where I live in winter but its diluted with sand. I think you guys see all salt on your roads.
Brutal on cars. Sold my dads 78 Malibu to a guy in Canada because he said there were non to be found up there. All had rusted out.
If you get it repaired use a high quality rubberized undercoat on it. This will prolong the life of the underbody somwhat.
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Gooood LORD!

I was under the impression that everyone here is able to get under the car at least once every few months and be able to get even the tiniest surface rust repaired. How wrong I was!

I thought my car was bad, and here I am, pulling my hair apart to get even the tiniest spot of rust under it sandblasted, and coated with good paint!! I'm assuming thats over the rear wheel wells? MAN, thats bad.

Then again you guys probably are the type that just jump in and drive, and not let the tiniest amount of rust scare you. lol. I on the other hand, am very hard pressed to get under the car to check it out every once in a while!

Well, best bet, try making sure the rear, and front subframe are strongly connected to the chassis well. If it collaspes at 100 KPH, man, I would NOT want to be in the car. Maybe you can have a shop, a frame shop repair those sections, they can do it VERY easily with a torch, and the right tools, and can make the car strong, and safe, you might get another 2 years out of it.

One more thing, in your areas, do they have annual saftey inspections? In NB, where bonnieboy23 and I live, we have them, and they are strict about em. The car MUST be as close to the way it was when it came from the factory, no holes whasoever. They can, be a good thing for some areas, and some areas, like the sunny (no snow or salt) areas, they aren't needed. lol

I would have to say that most of us here really care for our cars. I know where I live they use TONNES of salt on the road. My car went through 9 previous owners and a couple times it was a lease, so you know how well they are taken care of on a lease. As for the rust, it is under the car on the subframe. If you start in the wheel well say, and follow it down towards the front, as the main structure bends under the car, right there is where it is rusting.

I have been fighting rust with this car since I put it on the road. I have had to have the 2 rear subframe sections re-boxed in,the sections that are under the trunk, I have also had to have both front strut towers rebuilt. Usually if I see anything wrong at all, it gets fixed.

We do not have the annual inspections up here, but the do further south and east of me, so for that I am lucky.
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Mike Everytime I see this post :( - I really feel for you. and your Bonnes white
I was luckywith my 91- it has only had two other owners- and the first owner drove it for 9 years- and oil sprayed it. It was the second owner that literally distroyed this car- both mehanically and cosmetically. I would have been interested to see it before he took it over. But then I bought it- and brought it back. and made it ten times better- I wish I could show some pics.
But your wife sat in my car :P I gave you that center cap for your wheel at that meet in sauga a few summers ago! I'm just getting back to this site over the last few months.
But I have oil sprayed Majestic since I bought her..and will continue to do so- I have minor surface rust- some tiny holes in the wheel wells- all repaired. but other than that it solid like a tank!
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Yeah I remember that, I could not remember your screen name after that meet. The center cap has been on the car from the minute I got home. Haven't lost one yet.


I actually have my car in MY driveway for once. I gave Renée the Malibu since she has an overnight 12 hour contract about an hour away and I wanted to make sure she made it there and back. Hopefully later this week I can get the car checked and get it fixed to last at least the rest of the year. Once it gets fixed, I will try and get it under sprayed again.
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Oh, I see you also live in Canada? lol
Yeah, the salt is nasty stuff, I try to wash it off as much as I can, I haven't in a while, and I hate to see my car being eaten away..

I hope you do get it fixed, get er back on the road!
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Happy to hear the wheel center cap was added right away....lol
I actually have several now- all i need is the rims- I always likeed the gold ones, but the original set were very damaged- from the last owner. Oil is definitly key to keeping the car from rotting away- but if you get your frame fixed- and regularly oil the car, it should be good to continue driving.
good luck Mike
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UPDATE!


Well I brought the car in today to have it looked at. Took longer to bring the car in then for him to make a decision. He had one look at it and said it was finished. I kinda figured. In order to fix it properly he would have to remove the fuel lines, brake lines, some wiring, and possibly the tank. Even then there is not much good metal to weld to, and it may not last long. So his suggestion was to pull it off the road and scrap it, lol.



So for now it will stay on the road until we can find some $$$ to get another car. What will it be, I have NFC.


On a side note I went to the dealer today to get a price on an ABS wiring harness for the drivers side on the Malibu, it is a 3 wire harness, they wanted over 300$ for it. The guy at the counter said they are nuts to put a price like that on it. He said it was definitely NOT worth it. I don't even think he would sell it to me if I wanted it, lol.

Gotta love cars.
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