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The Dark Underbelly


JLENHAM

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Here is the e-bay definition of “rust free.” Don’t get me wrong, I was not surprised, but heads up out there!

I invite every ones input on how to proceed with a repair. Here are some things to help you guide me.

This will not be a show car; it is intended to be driven regularly, but not daily. I have pretty good mechanical skills and plan to do the work myself. I want the repair to be long lasting and functional, but economical as well. The rust is creeping towards the pedal box and frame rail, but not there yet.

I have a MIG welder, but limited experience. I have many other tools, but invite advice as to specific tools that will make this repair successful; besides, this is just number one of about 6 that will need to be done in various places.

Any one local to Winston-Salem who wants to get in on the fun let me know. If there is anyone from say, Raleigh, who joins halves of English delivery vans together with 02 drive trains who is willing to give tutorials…Yeah I have your e-mail Mike, but I figured you would get a kick out of finding this here.

Thanks in advance,

John

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2003 GMC Sierra Stuff Hauler

2000 Honda Odyssey Family Hauler

1992 Mazda Miata Wife's Grocery Getter

1988 Honda NT650 Hawk GT Dust Collector

1973 BMW 2002 Sunny Day Driver

1991 318iC Daughter's ride

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Get some junk parts from a body shop and practice with the mig welder. Women and children will be amazed, eventually. Try to blow holes in body panels. You will find out that clean metal is happy metal when it comes to welding.

Ahlem

'76 2002

'90 M3

'90 535i 5 speed

'89 325is '91 318is

'87 325is

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Andrew is right, you are not doing to bad if that is it and you should take the time to look for more rust. Early intervention make it a lot easier.

This info may help you out:

Matt McGinn of SCR posted some info about nearly this exact area for rust repair and patch panel creation. See it here:

http://www.sports-car-restoration.com/forum2/index.php?topic=14.0

here is some info I wrote up a while ago about doing a simple patch in metal. I should go back and revise a few areas with new and improved knowledge I picked up a long the way, but it is still good and sound information.

http://solidtime.com/BMW2002/simplepatch/SimplePatch.html

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I remember seeing Matt's post from a while back, now have both of those book marked. Thanks, these are really helpful.

In about an hour last night I fashioned and riveted on a temporary patch until I can take Mike up on his offer. I do well with the see one, do one, teach one method....

My car spent some time in Maryland, a state where you have to "fix" the rust holes when the car is bought and sold. Of course, the repairs are marginal, but each one has a signature look that is easy to spot even with the undercoating. I did discover the undercoating peels off readily enough, I suspect that after this patch I will be working the whole length of the car. I honed some of my spray painting skills in the engine bay (how good does that need to look?) and the under body seems like the next logical step before doing some visible work.

Mike, I will be in touch!

2003 GMC Sierra Stuff Hauler

2000 Honda Odyssey Family Hauler

1992 Mazda Miata Wife's Grocery Getter

1988 Honda NT650 Hawk GT Dust Collector

1973 BMW 2002 Sunny Day Driver

1991 318iC Daughter's ride

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