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Old 11-08-2004, 03:23 PM   #1
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Well, my inspection date approaches, and the rust even faster. I did some nice fender work this summer, she looks good, but inside the rear wheel walls its pretty ugly. I was poking at it this morning; I collected more than a handful of oxidized mess. Its just a rotten, crying shame. 212k miles, still runs like a bitch, but the rust will be her death. How do you guys keep your pre '90 Subaru's in metal form? Once we got newer cars and started parking it outside, seems when it started deteriorating. It's been a faithful friend through high school and now college, but I'm not sure she'll get passed if they see the holes in the wheel walls. I wish bodies were as easy to find as engines. How much rust does there have to be down there before it's structurally unsafe? Like I say, outwardly it looks great, but peek behind the tires and you find another story. I sure will miss my dual range tranny.
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Old 11-08-2004, 08:55 PM   #2
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How do you guys keep your pre '90 Subaru's in metal form?

Move to TX


Seriously, regular bathing is a necessity (for the car, you can do what you want for yourself).. especially if you live in an area that uses salt on the roads.

I have suggested to a few people here and there.. Come down here before your car wears out. Buy a nice rust free car from a junkyard down here and spend the weekend putting your solid drivetrain into a new body.

Mine is a Washington car.. its two years older than yours and has about 200k on it.. theres a couple dime sized surface rust spots, but thats it.
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Old 11-09-2004, 09:19 AM   #3
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Move to Texas............LOL

Well, I think the best course of action is to buy up some sheetmetal and take it to a welding shop or any competent muffler shop, and have the new metal welded into place. Then spray the sheetmetal with a couple coats of zinc oxide enriched primer. Then after the primer dries, you may want to liberally apply rubberized or asphalt undercoating to the underside and fenderwells of your car. This should counteract any future rust problems and also seal out moisture. And if you enjoy a nice quiet interior, the undercoating will also greatly reduce alot of the road noise that is transfered through the chassis.
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Old 11-09-2004, 11:39 AM   #4
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Where would be the best place to find this undercoating you speak of?
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Old 11-10-2004, 02:32 AM   #5
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Checker / Schucks / Kragen has it, autozone has it...

I think the DuPont undercoating is 1.99 for a rattle can at CSK
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Old 11-11-2004, 11:23 AM   #6
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Does anyone know exactly where/how far in the body mounts to the frame? I just wonder because if I could patch it, I'd like to know that it's still safe to drive. How much has to have rotted away before its time to call it quits?
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Old 11-11-2004, 11:33 AM   #7
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Does anyone know exactly where/how far in the body mounts to the frame? I just wonder because if I could patch it, I'd like to know that it's still safe to drive. How much has to have rotted away before its time to call it quits?

not sure I understand your question. The Body doesn't mount to the frame.. its a unibody car.. The body IS the frame.
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Old 11-11-2004, 05:48 PM   #8
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Hah, oh, well that's even better then! j/k. Maybe what I should ask is, when these things rust, would the fender wells in anyway compromise the car's integrity? Obviously, I understand its not something you can let fester...big things will eventually start happening. The bearing holder on the 4wd shaft was starting to fall off the bottom, but some welding fixed that. Aside from this, is there anything in particular to check for first in how the car rusts? I'm not real familar with the structure of the car, so I don't know what would be permissible or downright dangerous. (Haha, you can tell I'm a poor college student-I intend to squeeze every last mile out of that car)
If this makes any more sense (?), let me know what y'all think.
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Old 11-12-2004, 12:23 AM   #9
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The main places that are important to have sturdy:

Strut mounting areas, and areas where the subframe mounts to the unibody are very important. In the front there is the main crossmember and 3 bolts on each side and on the rear there are the mounts for the mustache bar and 2 bolts on each side. Those are all important.
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