The long-overdue time has come. 13 years of being kept outside and driven year-round in the salty midwest has taken its toll. The thing is a rustbucket. However, it's the first car I ever bought. I suppose I'm still attached; I've been through a lot with this car. Move to school, move home, move back to school, move back home, countless roadtrips with both friends and strangers, 3000 miles a month for 18 months for a contract job in the Chicago area, hauling junk for a construction job. We've been through a lot. The only problem is that the engine and drivetrain are spotless. It runs so well, and I've sunk money into keeping things in top shape...except the body.
The plan is to fix or stop/convert the rust. The rockers are shot, the gas door is atrocious, one shock tower for sure has a problem and a few of the rubber plugs rusted, ironically. I'll also be stripping the other shock towers just in case. The whole underside, towers, engine bay and exposed structures like the bumper rebars and subframe will be coated in POR-15.
I've got a new trunk lid. The original here is crusty under the tub and in the license light holes. That lower right spot is a hole in a blind area.
I was able to get this entire section out of a junkyard. The whole thing will be cut and replaced.
This will be the trickiest. If the front frame rails look like this too, I'm in trouble.
This was my previous project. It's a rust-free California '66. It's my driver until the Jetta gets done.
This is what we both looked like on the day it was purchased back in 2002. Dig the sandals/socks, painter jeans and side part. Good grief.