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Recomendations on rotting Subframe repair
Posted 01 March 2004 - 09:54 PM
My 86' DR/4WD GL Wagon has it turns out serious rot in the subframe rails where the floor curves up into the firewall and front sub-frame. It will need some serious welding. I'm in Central New Jersey and I was hoping someone who has had this work done could recommend someone to fix this. I'd really like to save this car it's my first Subaru and I'm getting a kick out of how different it is.
I just had a left CV replace, and the cam belt had jumped a tooth and that's been fixed, still lots to do BUT, until I address the subframe rails issue, I don't want to sink another cent into it.
Posted 01 March 2004 - 09:56 PM
Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:09 PM
I don't have a mig welder (though an accessible arc welder is a three hour drive away... and I might have a friend who's father has a mig welder), so a major cutting and welding operation is out of the question.
I hopefully will be solving this by picking up a chassis that has some rust on the fenders and behind the rear wheels, and that's it. I can replace the fenders, and hopefully catch up to the rust behind the rear wheels, and keep up with the rest of the underbody, preventing rust as much as possible.
That's not the perfect solution, but from what I've heard, getting someone to cut & weld it for me would be expensive. A mig welder & some practice would be my optimum solution, but I don't have the cash nor the storage space for one right now.
Posted 01 March 2004 - 10:10 PM
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Posted 03 March 2004 - 06:10 PM
Gonna look into the "frame cap" idea and failing that I'll look into Stainless steel and the Vocational School. If anyone near NJ. has a Solid GL Wagon that I could do an engine on, or more accurately get my mechanic to do, (Don't scream at me, I live in an apartment!!!) That might be a better deal than doing the frame work.
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