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    Thread: Strut Tower Rust

    1. Member haenszel's Avatar
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      03-27-2006 01:45 PM #1
      I came across this the other day....



      How have others fixed this? Suggestions? Has it lasted long-term?

      remove rust and patch? or replace the whole strut tower?

      Help me out. Thanks.

      10.400@139.32mph - Full Weight

    2. 03-27-2006 01:49 PM #2
      sell the car or get another shell strut tower rust like that is a pain to fix and a safty issue, in the long run it would be cheaper to scap it but if you want to fix it get a good front clip and cutout the old rusted section and weld in a good clean section but I do not recomend the home body guy to try this

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      03-27-2006 01:56 PM #3
      I would bet there's alot more rust around the body and now is probably the time to find another car.

      This is how you would repair it if that's all there is.
      http://www.thediygroup.com/gol...t.htm



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      03-27-2006 02:11 PM #4
      the rest of the body is very clean with exception of a little spot on the rear hatch(under license plate).

      I'm gonna recruit a friend who owns a welding shop to come take a look at it, we'll see what we can do. I do have another MKII that I can use a strut tower from if the whole thing is better to be replaced.

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      03-27-2006 03:11 PM #5
      the trouble is if its that rusted on the struts, theres bound to be some nasty spots underneath the car. get that thing on a lift before you even get the welder out, to see if its worth it

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      03-27-2006 06:15 PM #6
      There is no underbody rust, nor anythign under the carpets. I specifically checked all that before Buying the car due to my last one essentially rusting out. I'm gonna take the front fenders off and check into the rust deeper before I decide my course of action.
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    7. 03-27-2006 06:23 PM #7
      I would say strip it and send it to the crusher. I wouldnt even consider for a second fixing rust like that on the strut towers. safety issue and a PITA to fix.

    8. 03-27-2006 06:24 PM #8
      There is a guy in the classifieds selling restoration panels (the strut tower panels in particular).... Might be worth looking at...

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    10. 03-27-2006 06:32 PM #10
      sorry to tell u this but you need a new car, if you hit a bump your f#$ked.

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      03-27-2006 06:32 PM #11
      no offense but how could you miss rust like that in the first place? it's like a fissure -- Might be worth fixing with those restore panels, good luck

    12. 03-27-2006 06:41 PM #12
      need help?

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      03-27-2006 06:43 PM #13
      Same thing was wrong with my Golf. I could poke it with my finger and it would crack. Recently sold the car for $44. I told the kid to bring $50 but I guess he forgot some. I miss that car even though it was junk. Heres a pic of my strut tower, ewww

    14. 03-27-2006 07:12 PM #14
      am I the only one not understanding the 'advice' of some of the genius's on here who say either crush it or sell it to someone else?? If the car is so rusted that it isn't safe anymore,( which is what the pics show) how is passing it off on someone else helping anything??

      Do you realize that it's a federal offense to sell a car w/ a rotted frame/unibody?

      make the world a little safer and crush the damn car if you aren't gonna fix it properly.


    15. 03-27-2006 07:18 PM #15
      I'm gonna have to say that 99.9% of the people in this thread have never reapir anything related to frame and body. Uni body VW's are just small pieces of metal spot welded together to form a uni body. If you have a new strut tower, bring it to a welding shop, or a Frame and body shop and they can replace it, yeah it's a PITA and will probably cost a bit, but it's easier than swapping over body, if this is really the only rotted part on the car.

    16. 03-28-2006 12:20 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by 1988Golf »
      I'm gonna have to say that 99.9% of the people in this thread have never reapir anything related to frame and body. Uni body VW's are just small pieces of metal spot welded together to form a uni body. If you have a new strut tower, bring it to a welding shop, or a Frame and body shop and they can replace it, yeah it's a PITA and will probably cost a bit, but it's easier than swapping over body, if this is really the only rotted part on the car.


      Agreed.... I wish I knew about those replacement panels be fore i destroyed a perfectly good shell for a little bit of rust......that wasnt even on the strut tower......


    17. 03-28-2006 12:22 AM #17
      Don't tell people that rust is fixable. I like buying cars with a few hours rust repair work for 50 bucks.

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      03-28-2006 10:27 AM #18
      ok, that part number for that replacement panel(even though its the drivers side(wrong side)) doesn't show up when i search(impex), anyone know where i can get thsoe replacement panels?

      and perhaps the part # for the passengers side?

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      03-28-2006 11:10 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by madd92jettas »
      Don't tell people that rust is fixable. I like buying cars with a few hours rust repair work for 50 bucks.

      $44 you cheap ass


    20. 03-28-2006 12:38 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by Lumis_Wolfy »

      $44 you cheap ass

      you know it baby


    21. 10-16-2007 06:08 PM #21
      how did you finally repair your rust. mine is starting to rust through..its rather weak. i really need to fix it before i die in it..

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      10-16-2007 06:21 PM #22
      at least its not this bad:

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      10-16-2007 06:24 PM #23

      Woooow! (in bay way...)

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      10-16-2007 07:38 PM #24
      ^thats a mkI by the way, but you get the idea

    25. 10-16-2007 08:15 PM #25
      i had that...and fixed it although i do miss it

    26. 10-16-2007 08:35 PM #26
      RATDUb, i'd like to see a picture of your car..


      lildevil...damn, is that a picture of what you parted out?


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      10-16-2007 11:06 PM #27
      Quote, originally posted by LaXdUB »
      RATDUb, i'd like to see a picture of your car..



      its not my car, just a photo i have saved on my hard drive...

    28. 10-17-2007 01:20 PM #28
      yeah thats my wagen i cut up, b3 16v

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      10-17-2007 09:49 PM #29
      That would be a big PITA to fix. Maybe MAYBE you could patch it-would not be pretty-. You would have to cut the rust out and whos to say how much more there is that you cant see. Strip it, sell it, get something better.

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