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Old 11-19-2009, 02:55 PM   #1
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I am now a victim of the rusty wheel well syndrome. I talked to an autobody shop this morning and they are quoting me $600+ to repair properly. I could also patch with tin and silicone myself.
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Ouch. Might want to get something on the other rusty spots before they break through as well.
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you could take some self-taping screws and screw a piece of sheet metal in there and glue it as well, i did that under my rear seat ill take some pics when i get a chance
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Clean it up good, pop rivet some sheet metal in place, and the coat everything real good with some rhino bed liner
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Ouch! I've got a '97 as well, about to hit 150,000. Can't offer you any advice, but you just gave me something to check out tomorrow morning. Thanks for the heads up.
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i bet ur trunk reeks....

knock out the rust around it and buy some aluminum tape along with some silicone and undercoat (or bedliner), buy the clear bathroom silicone and blob it around a strip of the tape and patch the bottom up. Then pull the interior carpet from the trunk so that you can get in to the well, then patch from the top. Once it all dries up undercoat the bottom patch job and your set to go.

Iv done mine months ago and theres no sign of tear, beats $600
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The really unique thing is the left side is like new, no rust period. I have an arc welder in my garage, so I may try to repair it myself. That thin auto metal is very tricky to weld.
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funny my left side was fine as well...
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After some discussion we felt the passenger side would rust out faster because that wheel tends to drive threw more gravel being closer to the shoulder of the road.
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good point, plus the river of water flowing towards the sewers that we drive over
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