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Old 12-23-2005, 01:57 PM
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Unhappy i said i would show you the rust...

So this is Mr Shlomo's inner fender and rust damage from sitting for a long time with a bad battery.

I really do not know how else it could have happened like this, but I have now resigned myself to fixing the problem instead of just ignoring it! When I first got the car, I thought it would just be a temporary car. I never expected it to run this long or be as trouble free as it has been!

Since I've fallen for the beastie, I guess the next step is to repair this spot. the undersides of the doors are a little rusty, the front two being the worst. The passengers door is dented and so is the drivers(just a little, but i dont see a way of repairing it) so that gives me a good way of fixing that. The back doors(and seats) were never really used and will be ok with a wire brush, rust killer and shot of paint.

Now about the repair-- I know I cannot do this myself and I don't want to spend the value of the car to do it! What are youalls suggestions?

I included an image of Mr Shlomo in his christmas attire and my cat Mr Wasabi just for schmidts an giggles-- hope you enjoy
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:51 PM
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That is disgusting! Nothing worse than car rust, kills the heart of the car. Battery acid can really do a number on sheet metal.
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:53 PM
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at least his battery does stuff.......
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:55 PM
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He needs to get a battery mat that will neutralize that acid, AFTER he fixes the rust.
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Old 12-23-2005, 03:58 PM
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when i was working with my friend and his MR2 he was having corrosion on the terminals so i cleaned them lit a nice lavender candle then poured the wax over the terminals.. hasnt seen corrosion since..
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:05 PM
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Wax on the terminals??? I have never head of such a thing. I guess it works though.
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:06 PM
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i thought everyone did that.. hmm well then lol
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Old 12-23-2005, 04:09 PM
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...ahhh well at least not on a car they don't. I don't want to even know what else they do with it.
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Old 12-23-2005, 05:08 PM
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nolox at home depot works great on battery terminals. It is gray and sticky but it sure works and it is made for electrical connections. Clean them good first of course.

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Old 12-23-2005, 05:15 PM
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welcome to the club!!! - i bet more than people realize this spot in particular is in trouble...and if you have a little welder, some time, sealant, and paint you can fix this!!!!

there are aftermarket (and OEM) inner fenders, and liners...or with some cardboard and an xacto you can make templates and weld it all it....i with the aid of my father did a little of both to get it to work right...had an aftermarket inner fender, and still had to design all the proper walls to fix the inner wheel well and under the battery tray....it was BAD (hole into passenger foot well, lots of water)....but nothing that can not be repaired!!!

we redesigned the water passage, made the holes bigger to allow for better flow and less chance of blockage...

also - does your battery have an external vent tube like the oem is supposed to??? and do you have it in a sealed battery box, or at least a battery box? the mat will help - but you need to get that gas out of the area!!

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Old 12-23-2005, 05:28 PM
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and be careful working around acid!!! If it eats steel, think what it would do to your eyes.
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Old 12-23-2005, 05:30 PM
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So this is Mr Shlomo's inner fender and rust damage from sitting for a long time with a bad battery.
Thought you where going to post these in:

Who has the most rust and still drives
Who has the most rust and still drives
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Old 12-23-2005, 05:59 PM
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Yes link it from the "most rust" thread, this is a great addition to my favorite thread to follow.
Love the pics.
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Old 12-24-2005, 02:55 AM
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I've never seen a battery leak acid in any of our cars.....does this happen often?
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Old 12-24-2005, 04:33 AM
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I'd think so, it would explain our rusted battery trays.
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