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Rusted and busted
Posted 29 March 2004 - 09:35 PM
The drivers' side axle is completely worn out, so I had jacked up the car to change the axle, and tried to set it down on a jack stand. Apparently, the frame on my car is a little rustier than I originally thought. The jack stand decided to go through the frame, through the car's sheetmetal, and into the car. After I got the car stabilized, I took a look at the underside, and this winter hasn't been kind to the car. Maybe it was just paint holding the rust together before, but now there isn't much of anything left of the frame.
At least I wasn't under the car when it gave out. Anyways, it was worth the $250 I paid for it (lasted 6 months). I'll be able to transplant the drivetrain into another body.
Posted 29 March 2004 - 10:27 PM
Posted 29 March 2004 - 10:30 PM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 08:58 AM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 09:25 AM
I have to be VERY carefull where I jack mine up. 90% of the time I put the stands under key points in the main crossmembers or suspension. This stuff is SOLID despite surface rust. If I must jack it up on the unibody somewhere wood is a necessity! The jackstands would surely punch through the unibody and I would end up with similar results as you mentioned.
Often times when comparing how rusty vehicles are my wagon becomes a reference point as to just how rusted out a body can get. Only thing worse I've seen is that BRAT archemetis had!
Posted 30 March 2004 - 09:28 AM
Posted 30 March 2004 - 12:05 PM
I drove the car up on some ramps next, so I could get a good look at the underside of the car (I hadn't done it in the 6 months I'd had it so far.) The frame rails are nasty, there are a few holes starting to get through the underside sheet metal, a few more in the wheel wells, going through to the interior.
Overall, I think that if I jumped it, the front would snap off, and the rear wheels might end up in the back of the wagon.
Is the car still able to drive? Sure.
Is the car very safe to drive? Definitely not. That's why it's not coming back any time soon.
Posted 30 March 2004 - 12:42 PM
the van eventually burnt up in the parking lot of a chinese food restraunt - at 147,000 miles. thats american made cars for ya.
xt - I forget what rusted but it made the rear right wheel tilt at almost a 35 degree angle inwards.
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