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Old 05-28-2016, 03:49 PM   #1
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Default Rear Struts broken through rust 1999 Buick Regal GS



Passenger side all the way through




Passenger side




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Drivers side on it'* way through soon




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Thumping sound in back of recently purchased 99 Regal GS. Any possible solutions? Here'* the damage: Mechanic suggested 2x4'* just as a stop gap. Any hope with welding or other suggestions?
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No direct replacement parts are available for this situation. You are looking at custom fabrication to repair this issue. The whole rotted area must be cut out, and something else welded in its place. If it was a simple body sheet panel, a few hours or so without paint. This looks like a full day of labor at shop rate. ....this may not pass inspection in some states. Most people just sell the 'problem'-car to someone else to deal with.
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No direct replacement parts are available for this situation. You are looking at custom fabrication to repair this issue. The whole rotted area must be cut out, and something else welded in its place. If it was a simple body sheet panel, a few hours or so without paint. This looks like a full day of labor at shop rate. ....this may not pass inspection in some states. Most people just sell the 'problem'-car to someone else to deal with.
I think that'* what the guy did who sold it to me a couple of weeks ago but he failed to mention this problem. He just said I think it needs struts. I was na´ve. My question is with me being upfront about this problem what do you think anybody would pay for it? 3.8 runs great, no leaks and just put new supercharger on it. Would anyone even be interested?
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If you ignore it like the previous seller did, you could pawn it off too. You might get less than book value for it.
Why'd you change the supercharger?
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If you ignore it like the previous seller did, you could pawn it off too. You might get less than book value for it.
Why'd you change the supercharger?
The seller included a new one that he hadn't installed. Old one was making a clicking sound so I just figured one problem at a time. Really just figured it was struts that needed replaced and didn't even get to really checking it out. Never heard of struts breaking through rust until my mechanic found it. Lesson learned the hard way.
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Asymetric had the same issue in: https://www.gmforum.com/buick-172/99...-tower-310213/

I thought this was the same post for a minute. Never heard what he decided to do with his. Different paint color in the pictures so at least we know he didn't sell to you.
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Asymetric had the same issue in: https://www.gmforum.com/buick-172/99...-tower-310213/

I thought this was the same post for a minute. Never heard what he decided to do with his. Different paint color in the pictures so at least we know he didn't sell to you.
Yeah I saw his post too. I'm still debating what I'm going to do.
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No direct replacement parts are available for this situation. You are looking at custom fabrication to repair this issue. The whole rotted area must be cut out, and something else welded in its place. If it was a simple body sheet panel, a few hours or so without paint. This looks like a full day of labor at shop rate. ....this may not pass inspection in some states. Most people just sell the 'problem'-car to someone else to deal with.
Was thinking of finding a car with a blown engine with a good body and swapping out motors. Any thoughts or intel on what cars would the 3800 V6 SC fit in? Cost of swapping?
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So you had a guy suggest shoving wood on top of it to keep it from breaking threw?
Well if some one was out of work down on his luck used it at slow speed around town.
Sounds like this guy seen it before or did it?
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Check out a Regal in DFW Texas area rust free you can find for $1000-1800 that run.
All you need is a cheep airline ticket
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