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Old 11-12-2005, 02:09 AM
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lets talk rust repair

i saw a mercedes today that was really rusted out...

how hard is it to cut and repair...
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:10 AM
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prob too bad

to warrent fixing. a 123 for example, can look really good and still have largish holes in the floor where you cant see them. when you have a hole here and there you can do patches to get by. if it is bad enough to look really bad it is prob to far gone to fix correctly. on the other hand if you dont mind looking bad you can drive a rusty one quite a while before they actually break in half.

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Old 11-12-2005, 09:50 AM
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We need a lot more information to help you with this.
How bad is the rust? Some people would call a 2" hole "major" rust, while others see the entire floor pan rusted out as a minor issue. Be as specific as you can. How much area is involved, what specific areas or structures are rusted, and how bad is the rust--from light surface rust to entirely rotten.
Also what is your skill level?
And what facilities are available to you? You could have all the skill in the world, but if your reapir facility is a parking space along the curb, you can't do much.
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Old 11-12-2005, 11:04 AM
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There are some great Rust Repair threads...
Some people on this forum have even cut out the entire floorpans and replaced them...
And I always try to bring up the subject of RIVETS for fixing sheet metal...
LOL
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Old 11-12-2005, 11:20 AM
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rivets work well

especially on floor pans. i have used them to fill large holes low on the surface on my drivers for youthful operators program too.

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Old 11-12-2005, 01:35 PM
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For "patching the rust"

http://www.por15.com/

For replacing the rusted panels and welding in new ones. Here is a Mustang site that shows some rust panel repair.

http://jacobsonrs.tripod.com/patches/patches.html

http://jacobsonrs.tripod.com/

removing rust and working on the frame and body IS a lot of work. If you want it done correctly

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Old 11-12-2005, 07:03 PM
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Define, "rust". Really unless you want a project car or the car is rare and valuable it isn't worth going nuts trying to save a rust bucket.

Look at it this way you can have a perfectly rust free MB shipped to you from the desert or CA for $1k or less. $1k won't fix much rust, and even then the rapair isn't as good as factory metal work.
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Old 11-12-2005, 07:31 PM
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Define bad rust please

Quote:
Originally Posted by blueranger
i saw a mercedes today that was really rusted out...

how hard is it to cut and repair...
Who has the most rust and still drives
Who has the most rust and still drives
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Old 11-12-2005, 08:14 PM
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Here is what I did to my 240D 77 last year; it was becoming a rust bucket but because of a new motor under the hood I decided to fix it.
Floors had holes in them, I wanted new metal welded in place, no rivets. rust had started to move under the front windshield, needed new metal work, all four doors had rust at the bottom, had to cut that and weld new metal in place. both front and rear windshields were removed, new gasket, re-install the glass, and finally fix all kinds of minor rust here and there.
Prior to doing all that I had to have the car checked to make sure that the rust was not structural.
Did all that plus a total paint job for 4.5K. Fixing rust is expensive.

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