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    Thread: Best way to fix mk1 Death Cancer on STRUT tower

    1. Member MicroCADDY's Avatar
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      07-04-2009 06:10 PM #1
      I have a PROB. My dear 82 Caddy

      has got mk1 Death Cancer ( rust ) all the way around the passenger side strut tower.

      What would you do ?




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      Last edited by MicroCADDY; 10-09-2012 at 09:23 PM.

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      07-04-2009 06:23 PM #2
      1. buy a welder
      2. buy steel or get a donor
      3. weld it in.

      Good luck

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      07-04-2009 06:27 PM #3
      Quote, originally posted by vdubspeed »
      1. buy a welder
      2. buy steel or get a donor
      3. weld it in.

      Good luck

      Yea i know i'm going to have to do some welding here BUT if i get a donor HOW do i keep lined up so that my Caddy rides right. Hell the rust is all the way to the fire wall.


    4. 07-04-2009 07:09 PM #4
      a lot of the front end is spot welded togather.. if you get a complete donor car and take your time it shouldnt be too bad..

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      07-04-2009 07:10 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by ToddA1 »
      Cut the repair panels to body lines that will act as reference marks. The Bently gives a ton of body measurements.

      You drive that thing, like that?

      -Todd

      I sure hope not


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      07-04-2009 07:11 PM #6
      I drove it when it had some rust. Kept a very very close eye on it. The day after MIDWEST VOLKSFEST i saw the tower moving & put it into my garage to start work ASAP.
      I was hoping it would hold in there till winter when i was going to do a single round front swap & a 2.0 16v swap.

      STUCK doing it all NOW


      Modified by VWcaddy_LouEville at 3:13 PM 7-4-2009


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      07-04-2009 07:20 PM #7
      A very good example of how the outside can look oh so perfect but underneath rot city.

      damm VW

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      07-04-2009 07:48 PM #8
      I know. I got to fix it before all my fellow Vdubbers notice that you can't judge a book by it's cover

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      07-04-2009 10:17 PM #9
      my caddy is headed in the same direction...and in the exact same place on the same tower. It isn't nearly as bad as yours though.

      Right now I'm looking for a donor car to cut the tower from. You might be better cutting the whole passenger side of the front clip off and taking it with you. If it were just a hole, I'd say you could weld in some metal plate but that's practically the whole right side of the front clip.


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      07-04-2009 10:40 PM #10
      yea i agree with you on replacing the whole pass side. I think i'm going to head to my local J-yard & see whats there.

      Still need to figure out where to cut donor & where to fit it on my Caddy


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      07-05-2009 08:42 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by VWcaddy_LouEville »
      yea i agree with you on replacing the whole pass side. I think i'm going to head to my local J-yard & see whats there.

      Still need to figure out where to cut donor & where to fit it on my Caddy

      if you're really unsure, you could take the whole right side with you and then "dry fit it" to your caddy to see where you should cut


    12. 07-05-2009 11:46 AM #12
      I would scrap that car.
      Fixing rust like that is for people up north.

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      07-05-2009 12:19 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by deathhare. »
      I would scrap that car.
      Fixing rust like that is for people up north.

      WHAT are you for real ? SCRAP YOUR CAR budy. I moved to KY from New Jersey & i don't care where you live anytime you can save a mk1 it's should be your duty to do so. Especially when it's a Caddy


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      07-05-2009 12:21 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by VWcaddy_LouEville »

      WHAT are you for real ? SCRAP YOUR CAR budy. I moved to KY from New Jersey & i don't care where you live anytime you can save a mk1 it's should be your duty to do so. Especially when it's a Caddy

      ok i love mk1's (caddies) too but to say it's your duty to save one is a bit over the top. after all, you're going to end up cutting up a rabbit to fix your caddy anyway right?


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      07-05-2009 12:27 PM #15
      I'll be getting a donor part from a totaled already in a scrap yard mk1.

      Does anyone else agree with him scrapping my Caddy ?


      Modified by VWcaddy_LouEville at 8:37 AM 7-5-2009


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      07-05-2009 12:28 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by deathhare. »
      I would scrap that car.
      Fixing rust like that is for people up north.

      ignore Shannon...hes just a miserable basard
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      07-05-2009 12:52 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by VWcaddy_LouEville »
      I'll be getting a donor part from a totaled already in a scrap yard mk1.

      Does anyone else agree with him scrapping my Caddy ?


      Modified by VWcaddy_LouEville at 8:37 AM 7-5-2009

      your caddy looks great and I'm sure he was just bustin' your balls. Fix the rust and drive it


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      07-05-2009 01:02 PM #18
      After fixing the rust & putting in the worked 2.0 16v i'm going to drive it like i stole it.

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      07-05-2009 04:20 PM #19
      ha it'd be a good candidate for a 4 door caddy.
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      07-05-2009 05:04 PM #20
      Quote, originally posted by Trev0rBr »
      ha it'd be a good candidate for a 4 door caddy.

      uummmmmm NO

      BUT extended cab would be nice


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      07-05-2009 06:08 PM #21
      make an ex from the other apron, check bently. Drill out the spot welds, dont just hack the **** out of it.

    22. 07-05-2009 07:09 PM #22
      hey i was atpull a part and asked about a buying a rabbit shell, i was told about 150 for the whole shell with no interior, there are a few rabbits out there, your best shot is one of the two in the far back left corner, very little strut rust if any

    23. 07-05-2009 07:19 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by VWcaddy_LouEville »

      WHAT are you for real ? SCRAP YOUR CAR budy. I moved to KY from New Jersey & i don't care where you live anytime you can save a mk1 it's should be your duty to do so. Especially when it's a Caddy

      Yeah I was serious.
      My car doesnt need scrapping...it doesnt have any rust.

      I suggest getting another car and cutting out what you need or yeah, scrapping that one and moving on.


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      07-05-2009 07:35 PM #24
      Quote, originally posted by VWcaddy_LouEville »

      ... extended cab would be nice


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      07-06-2009 06:18 PM #25
      if u can find a doner rabbit just clip the doner car 2 door and 4 door floorpans are the same lot easier and less costly !!!

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      10-09-2012 12:03 PM #26
      WOW blast from the past. Well it's been over 3 years & while i might have fixed this problem & got many other things done this Caddy is still not on the road.

      from that to this







      How it currently looks




      Hope to tackle the gremlins this winter & get it out & about 2013 LUCKY 13
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      10-09-2012 04:50 PM #27
      I'd throw it away..

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      10-09-2012 05:09 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by stick90 View Post
      I'd throw it away..
      This. Give it to me

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      Never happening. Over 4k put into it & O so close. I have been ignoring it, letting it collect dust. With fall / winter coming it's time to get back at it.

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      10-09-2012 09:06 PM #30
      Man, all that rust is heart cringing. I vote donor cabby front end. Measure twice cut once. My rocker panels looked that bad but got new metal from Keyparts. Not sure if they'd have a solution for you or not...

      http://www.keypartsonline.com/servlet/StoreFront

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      10-09-2012 09:09 PM #31
      Great work. I have seen your thread.
      In rust we trust.

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