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Old 12-25-2007, 02:13 AM   #1
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Someone help me save my E30

Alright, I've had my E30 for a couple months now and it's presently being stored for winter cause I have some serious body work that needs to be done. Fiberglassing wouldn't work because it's too cold and it would last about 2 months before it would start rusting again from the inside. So im going to need it cut out and new sheet metal. but i dont have the tools or experience.
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These are pics of when i bought the car. I'll try and get updated photos and close-ups this week.
If someone can help me out with this body work it would be great help and great help doesn't go unpaid. Please anyone who has the experience would be nice.
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Old 12-25-2007, 02:21 AM   #2
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If its gone that far, its only a matter of how long you have before you have to re-do it all over again...Even the best welding job will only last that long...Few years at the best....
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Old 12-25-2007, 02:26 AM   #3
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well if the rust was cut out and re-done oppose to me fiberglassing over the rust would give me a few years then that's all i need. Isn't there any type of rust protection I could go with aswell.
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Old 12-25-2007, 02:55 AM   #4
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Its almost the same thing with welding, it starts rusting from the inside...because its hard to protect (best way is as much oil/undercoating as possible, since you cant paint there). Rust is like canser, its cant stop, its only slowing it down...

One thing you can do thats as good as welding in riveting new metal in, if you cut/prep well, it can be just as effective, and its somthing you can do for almost free (rivet guns are cheap, and so is sheat metal!)
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:07 AM   #5
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send me a pm - maybe I can help you.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:42 AM   #6
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if you do the shit correctly it should last a decent amount of time..
if you cant find anyone in your area shoot me a pm and maybe my dad could help you out.. we fixed all the same stuff on my car .. but it might not have been that bad
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Old 12-25-2007, 05:38 PM   #7
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Here are the updated pics of the rust damage i have...

in front of driver side rear tire
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And licence plate lights that need to be filled. Bought a frame with a light on it.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:06 PM   #8
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the subframe mount area looks bad - subframe would need to be dropped to allow any work to be done.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:51 PM   #9
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Holy rust batman....Honestly part it out. Its gonna be $$$$ to get it perfect.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:02 PM   #10
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it is not that bad to part out the car, but it requires serious work and some tools. the part was probably fixed before as the mounting bolts don't look factory.
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Old 12-25-2007, 08:38 PM   #11
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yep i noticed the hex bolts....a rocker repair like that would run him in the neighbourhood of 500 - 700 tops...maybe cheaper, maybe more. I would HIGHLY suggest to not diy this but to get it fixed by a reputable pro body shop. The rear lic. plate isn't too bad, just get a new one and cut out the old n weld in the new.
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:57 PM   #12
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mostlikely the fuel pump side is in the same condition.
the repair is not that hard, but the prep work is extensive.
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:12 PM   #13
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would under body rust proofing help this in any way.
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:13 PM   #14
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too late for that - clean it with a wire brush and spray auto tremclad for now.
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Old 12-26-2007, 12:11 AM   #15
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alright i'll do that tomorrow.
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