i sanded the piss out of what good metal was left and shot some white enamel over em, seems to be holding well, im gonna address that rust when i get the car apart. I found a junk yard that specializes in foreign cars and they have a few subies so im gonna check em out
Canadian winters are quite harsh on the body of any subaru. Ice racing with studded tires does not help as well, especially with all the salt and sand they lay down on the roads here. FYI, I throughly washed my car once a week even throughout winter, and it is undercoated, however this WILL happen to all of us, it just happens quicker to people in a norther climate. Please feel free to comment on this issue that causes me to loose sleep every night.
I actually just had all my rust fixed. I had rust holes in both rear quarter panels and rust covering the wheel lips and where the sideskirts end. All the rust was replaced with new metal and repainted/blended. Would of costed $750.00 to be all redone, but I had a claim for a big dent through insurance and rolled money from that into the rust body work and ended up costing only $480.00 pics will be up soon on my members journal if you wanna check the work
Tell me about it. I thought mine was not that bad and then i started checking and the holes just kept getting bigger and bigger.
I figure by the time I am done with fixing it it'll add at least 5 years to the life of the car. The subframe was also pretty bad in spots and fixing them is kinda like a heart transplant.
The crazy part is if I were to pay somebody for this it would be 5k easily. I bought the car for less $1000.
Also the reason this is so bad is because it is used offroad a lot. I have had it in water up to the middle of the doors and mud too, plus winter salt and snow. This thing is a beater but i want to keep it going so...
^^Very happy to say that all of it is fixed, filled, and painted for $550, by a local body shop. I did most of the prep work, but they soda blasted both rear quarters, and the sideskirt cancer down to the bare metal, metal filled the pitting corrosion, filled and sanded all 3 places. Then he sprayed the majority of each panel with 2 coats of subaru 74F (RBP), and shot it with clear. He did a 3 stage fading process to blend the sections into the rest of the panel by reducing the base colour with clear, 30%, 60%, 90%. He even color matched my plastic sideskirts for me, all for $550.
***I will post some pics of the work asap.
In addition, I am coming to believe that one of the causes of this horrible plague that we all share is the rubber molding surrounding the edge of the wheel well, moisture gets trapped in there, and crevice corrosion then takes over. My best suggestion is to take them off, at least the rear of the car. It wont stop the rusting, but it will slow it down.
Last edited by flamebowi; 10-24-2009 at 08:55 PM..
Ahh. F!$%ing central new york rust. I got it right at that damn spot. Pretty nasty bubble too. And on the opposite side at the end of the molding. Blows. Once I get a job ill probably save up to fix it, then my 98 will be minty fresh
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