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Old 12-01-2005, 11:49 PM   #1
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My car is pretty (was) bad. 258,000 kms.

Passenger rockers
Floorpan drain, had a little hole, cut the entire drain out.
Area where rockers join the front wheel well, also the door pillars, for the front. (especially hard.)
Rear, both sides of thefuel tank, where the rear frame connects to the rocker frame.
Passenger floorpan where it goes up. (footrest)
All 4 inner wheel wells. The biggest, was the rear passenger. Had a huge 2 foot by 5 inch hole. Fronts had hardly anything at all. Needed lots of patches.
Fuel vapour canister mount. totally gone.
Battery compartment, (dangling battery)
Outer wheel well, rear passenger side, gotta take it to a body shop, have new metal fabricated and welded in.
Driver'* rocker going out.

I've used up a 4x5 wad of sheetmetal, two rolls of mig wire (millermatic 130) two tanks of argon/co2 and at least 10000000000000 hours of labour! lol

Its been fun..

How about you?
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I'm in line with a well-used 15 year old car.


Rear fender lip, bubbles here and there, quite a bit of rust underneath, and a patched hole in the inner trunklid.


Dopping the fuel tank was a bitch. Involved re-welding new straps for the tank upon re-installation, forget about those old bolts.
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Mine wasnt really bad at all considering the year.

1. the drivers side shock tower and inner fender was rotted to nothing, i patched it with a piece of flashing riveted in, and fiberglass. All painted black you can barely tell. same on passengerts side, but not as bad

2. front of hood. theres a small lip on the very edge that was full of rust. So i bent the lip down and sandblasted/primed it

3. theres bubbles of rust coming through in the front of the rear wheel wells (really starting to bother me, i swear I can see it spreading before my eyes)

4. a rust spot right in the middle on the passengers door, no surrounding rust but smack in the middle... also random rust bubbles at the edges of trim pieces

5. From what ive seen at wreckers, and the leak in my sunroof, I am betting that the drains have rotted right off the sunroof pan. I cant get water on it or itll soak the roof.

I cant complain really, most of the ones I see around here look very scruffy
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Few holes by the drivers shock tower, lots of surface cancer on the body that 180-grit sandpaper and a little elbow grease took care of. Can't even tell in my sig. pic.
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2. front of hood. theres a small lip on the very edge that was full of rust. So i bent the lip down and sandblasted/primed it
I have that, but didn't list it because it was caused by damage from the previous owner. It'* pretty bad rust, too...



My strut towers are solid.
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Good thing I'm in Florida.... The body tends to hold up good down here

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Not a spot of rust. The only problem out here is fading paint and peeling plastic - too much sun.
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1990 LE no rust at all. Only real problems are related to dry rotted rubber from sitting still so much (77,000 miles)
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Had to replace crumbling fuel and brake lines upon purchase, rear door latches rusted and siezed, engine compartment quite a mess with some rot through forward of the drivers side strut tower. The parts that are seen all the time are in pretty decent shape. Only a couple small areas of surface rust where paint has chipped off.

All it takes is time and money to fix.
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no rust here. and i still have a shiney paint job, except the spoiler is dull and the clearcoat is balding at the top some. too bad there is a chunk out of the side of it :(
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