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Old 10-10-2006, 07:13 PM
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Ok guys, i'm just wondering how hard this would all be.

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# 1: I was planning on fixing the rust by takin one of the drill mounted grinders, takin all the rust off and then sanding to perfection, Bondoing the **** out of it, primering and then painting the area. (I will also take care of the wheel wells by cleaning them all up and then spraying in a thick coat of underbody protectant.

Just so you have an idea...


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# 2: Now...I mentioned this before, I have a hude gaping hole in the bottom of my door jamb where I open my driver'* door. It is bothering me. Everytime it rains, water runs inside of it and that water starts corroding my body from the inside...omg, help me. NOW, should I attempt to attack it like I planned to attack the previous? drill grinder, sand, body filler, primer, paint, wax?
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# 3: I have asked most of these questions before, but now I'm serious.
Someone said something about colorsanding, and then something like that and then someone said something about rubbing compound, then wax? umm yeah. the next pic will shoowyou...my paint...is bad...i mean, like for the love of god, its atrocious.

Play 'Psycho' theme music now....


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# 4: And the LAST very quick question...what gets off the old lettering from an enblem?
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1) Bodyshop
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2) Bodyshop
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3) Bodyshop
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4) Paint thinners but if you getting the paint fixed anyway...Bodyshop


sorry but you got some really big problems that if your asking i dont think you can fix yourself.
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Don't fill it with bondo man! It will be a quick fix, but it won't last at all. Bondo will retain water, expand, contract, and everything else. Any car that has had more than a skim coat of bondo begins to look like it in a couple years usually. The only option I could see if you want to try it yourself is to use fiberglass. I don't know how that will last either though, not any experience with it myself. As far as the hole in the rocker, since it'* already a gaping hole, just drill a hole in the bottom so any rain drains out.
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just leave it man... drive it till it dies
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I would go with the drive it til it dies idea also. That looks like way too much, and if water is in the rocker already, then it has already started rusting elsewhere.

fix it if it'll make you happy, but I'd suggest a savings account to put all the money you'd spend trying to fix it and then use it on a new car.
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i knew you guys were gonna say that :(

oh well...shoot. Its really too bad...MAN I hate rust!!! This is such a great car if it was not for the damn rust! It drives so well, you would never know it was so rusty....oh man....

Ok...thanks for the advice... ...I suppose all the money will go into my SSEi!!!

Ok...happy thoughts...SSEi Everyone get off the road
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OK, for the door jam thing, I have a suggestion for a "Drive it til it dies" patch. I've done this before. You'll need to be without the car for a couple of days, though.

1. Remove and/or treat all the rust you can get at, to prevent it from getting worse.

2. Fill the area with spray foam (naysayers, just shut up a minute and keep reading)

3. Once the foam has cured, shape and sand. You'll wnat to make it slightly smaller than you want the finished area to be.

4. Once shaped and sanded, fiberglass it. The reason you wanted it smaller is to do it right, you'll want a lyer of tape, or the fiberglass filler "fluff". Shape and sand the fiberglass until it looks how it needs to be, or how you want it, then prime and paint it.

Voila! Depending on your skill level (mine was pretty low, and it still worked) you got yourself a long lasting, waterproof and insulated patch. Well, the foam is more there to help with shaping, but on the truck I did, I filled the entore body cavity to provide a little insulation.
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As crazy as it sounds, I once used almost the exact same method as John just detailed above for you to make a doomed car look better for a couple years. If you take your time, it can look pretty good and make you feel better about the car while you are saving up for the SSEi.
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I'm 100% with John'* idea. I did the exact same thing to the rockers on a 92 Eddie Bauer Explorer we used to own. I really took my time with it (about a week and a half) and it turned out really good! I actually impressed myself.

You can buy the spray foam from Home Depot. Buy the fiberglass kit, primer, paint, and clear coat from a autobody supply store (some Napas even sell the stuff). They will mix the appropriate amounts of paint into aresol cans for you--body matched.
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