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Warning to Firebird/Trans Am owners

This is a discussion on Warning to Firebird/Trans Am owners within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; A while back I was detailing my car and I lifted that black plastic deal that snaps onto the rocker ...

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    Warning to Firebird/Trans Am owners

    A while back I was detailing my car and I lifted that black plastic deal that snaps onto the rocker panel and found a rust bubble the size of a 50 cent piece which completely surprised and horrified me. The thing that I don't get I have owned the car for 8-9 years and bought it with low miles, I have stored it the last eight winters I have owned it and the car has RARELY ever seen rain. WTF? Im thinking the only thing that could have caused this is the water that gets through the side scoops over the years after I wash it. I ended up bringing it to a body shop where they sanded it down and found a small micro whole under the rust which they bonded metal to metal to fill then painted and blended it. The repair costed me about $350 and was well worth it. I am sooo happy I checked under there and stopped that rust in its tracks, I couldn't imagine if I would not have found that and it got even worse over the years. Just a word of advice to t/a owners, lift that up and check you might be surprised what you find...

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    thanks for the info

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    I am not certain what you are referring to. Any pics?

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    Under the door sill plate.(door jam).I just pulled mine off this weekend to clean & also found some rust..WTF!!

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    I need to check my car. Don't want her rusting yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20ws6speed01 View Post
    Under the door sill plate.(door jam).I just pulled mine off this weekend to clean & also found some rust..WTF!!

    Ok -- thank you for the clarification. I have never lifted mine, so guess I had better take a look see.

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    Thanks "20ws6speed01" for clarifying, I wasn't to sure how to explain it. ha. I woulda posted pics but I didn't have any. Just trying to help my bros out by posting right after I found that.

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    Just curious is there any formula to get rid of rust before painting? I have some rust by my brake booster line.
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    Interesting. Us Camaro guys don't have that. My other cars might though. Good to know.
    It's on jackstands.

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    There is a spray that you can buy at any auto supply store. It will neutralize the rust and turn to a black surface. I have used it to touch up rust spots around the battery tray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Interesting. Us Camaro guys don't have that. My other cars might though. Good to know.
    Both my 95 and 01 did..
    Last edited by Smittro; 09-08-2012 at 06:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Interesting. Us Camaro guys don't have that. My other cars might though. Good to know.
    Both my 95 and 01 did..
    I'll have to look again. Haven't been in my car in awhile My 96 did. I honestly don't recall the 02 having plastic on the door rail though. I'm probably wrong. I just looked and neither of my Impala's do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2000blackbird View Post
    There is a spray that you can buy at any auto supply store. It will neutralize the rust and turn to a black surface. I have used it to touch up rust spots around the battery tray.
    You don't happen to know what it is called do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    I'll have to look again. Haven't been in my car in awhile My 96 did. I honestly don't recall the 02 having plastic on the door rail though. I'm probably wrong. I just looked and neither of my Impala's do.
    I had to think about it too..

    My 95 still said "fisher motor carriage" on the rocker plates like both my 3rd gens did, where as my 01 just had a bunch of squares molded into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Interesting. Us Camaro guys don't have that. My other cars might though. Good to know.
    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Both my 95 and 01 did..
    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    I'll have to look again. Haven't been in my car in awhile My 96 did. I honestly don't recall the 02 having plastic on the door rail though. I'm probably wrong. I just looked and neither of my Impala's do.
    I was about to say... They're identical. Regardless, I always snap 'em out and dry under after a wash, and if I don't drive the car the same day, leave them out a few days to dry. Never hurts to be careful.

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    I have used por-15 in the past and works real good. You can buy it online or some auto parts stores carry it.

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    Just checked mine and thankfully no rust but I will be cleaning up that area and throwing a coat of sealer on it. Thanks for the heads up

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    Haven't checked mine yet. I wonder if this rust happens from the inside or the outside of the panel. If it's from the inside, nothing you seal up on the outside will help.

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    Checked mine over the weekend and they are clean with no rust.

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    If it's from inside Eastwood has a inside fram rail sealer that could work out good

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