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Rust Spots Under Carpet


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I found some surface rust under the driver's side carpet while doing some pedal box maintenance this weekend.

Given my lack of restoration experience, what do experienced FAQers typically do for something like this? Just grind it out and paint over the bare spots?

 

Goal is to drive it for 5-10 years before stripping the car down and doing a proper restoration.

 

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'72 Metallic Malaga 2002 with a '73 M10 | Dual Weber DCOE 40s | E21 5spd and LSD | Pertronix II

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Here in Ohio we'd be tickled pink to find a driver's side floor that nice!   As has been pointed out, wire brush, paint with an anti rust paint and be done with it. 

 

One further suggestion:  where the replacement floor meets the original floor (at the toeboard and presumably under the front seat) squirt some seam sealer along the joint both inside and underneath.  It was obviously overlapped and welded, not butt welded, so there's gonna be a breeding ground for more rust.  On the underside, use wet patch roofing cement (really!)  It sticks well, is flexible and waterproof.  And inexpensive.

 

mike

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