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Posted 14 September 2003 - 12:55 PM
info I am looking for is...
1. is this a doable thing?
2. what size square tube would you recommend? (dont really plan on doing off road with this car, but may pull a small trailer with it)
3. where and how should I be linking it in to the car itself (ie mounting body)?
4. any other info you could possibly come up with in regards to this kind of project.
thanks in advance.
Posted 14 September 2003 - 01:12 PM
Posted 14 September 2003 - 08:56 PM
I've seen 3 wagons from the rust belt, and all 3 ended as scrap cars......Sucks, but your better off trying to find a decent Body, and transplanting all your mechanicals....
If You proceed with this project, Look at all rust and probe it for depth of Uglyness,then get as much gone as Possible ....After you have it prepped, paint on a good rust inhibitor before welding in good Metal.....Once past the welding point, undercoat it with something good to get some life out of the car again......
Hope it helped, John in Oregon....
Posted 14 September 2003 - 11:14 PM
every soob i have seen has at least some but of rust at thr front of the framewell. all i have seen have held up for everyday driving. most of the front structure will be at where the inner engine bay and strut towers meet the firewall.
it doesnt really rust too bad around where the bolts go through
if you want to build a frame have LIFT in mind, but the sheetmetal will actually make the body stronger. as long as the jack doesnt stay with the car when you lower it(as in a scissor jack) , you are ok!
when i had to get the axle from that yard in wisconsin it actually took longet top find a solid spot to jack it up than it did to pull the axle!
i know how your rust plight can be! the soobs around here never came with rocker panels or rear side storage(behind the wheel)
wheel well arches are always gone, too
Posted 17 September 2003 - 09:50 PM
the body of the car is in pretty good shape overall, very minor rust considering where it lives!! LOL
not much in the way of mechanicals to transplant out of it if i was even thinking of doing that....only half of the motor is in it (was a turbo! :boohoo: ) but the 5 spd w/ p/b 4wheel, transfer etc is all there....only real bad lookin spot is on the front subframe, and i will have to do some grinding, poking and prodding to find out just how bad it really is, could be it looks worse than it really is (one hopes so anyway!)
I know i have seen talk of Por 15 here before....but you guys that have used it, recommend it? i have personally heard nothing but good about this product if used correctly....just looking for some more input...
thanks again all
Posted 17 September 2003 - 10:33 PM
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