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Old 01-06-2010, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got the 94 home today and it runs well--at least it did in the neighborhood up to 3rd gear. I see it has oil leaks, a lot of bushings that are dry-rotted, all kinds of little things you would expect from a 16 year old vehicle. My question regarding rust is this--are there certain problem areas that usually show up on this truck--you know like most cars eventually have areas of rust in the same spots where moisture seeped through, or even gets trapped--other than your typical spots behind quarter panels, fenders, and sills like most old cars get. I ask because although I haven't crawled up under it yet, I "peeked" and didn't see any rust, or noticeable rust but I did notice under the carpet right where the tailgate meets the cargo area is rust all the way through pretty much from left to right. I'm not too concerned only because it is 16 years old. But is that a common spot, and if so, what did those of you with that problem do to remedy it? Cut it out yourself with that rotary tool (forgot what it's called, but not the Dremel, the heavy duty real cutting tool), or did you let a body shop do it? Cut it and rivet some sheet metal over it, or weld it?
Last, what other areas should I be looking for to find rust spots known to this truck?
I'm not sure if I have the ability to upload pics yet, or if I have to be a member longer, or what. But I have some pics of things I have questions about, so I'll be asking a lot of questions. Be warned!
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Yea, thats a typical rust spot on a convertible samurai. Another area of concern would be under those plastic door sills that run across the bottom, they hold salt and eventually start to rust the metal. Battery box is another one, they have some stuff called POR 15 I think, stands for, paint over rust, its good stuff.
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Thanks eptali. So the stuff behind the plastic door sills, would this not be noticeable without removing them? UNLESS the rust was bad enough to bubble out around the sills? Oh geez, I hope it's not too bad in there... I'm just hoping the Virginia winters weren't that bad in the last 16 years--according to the carfax thing, this car has been in Virginia since original sale. As far as the battery box, you mean under it, or the box itself?
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