Results 1 to 12 of 12

Have rust, need help

This is a discussion on Have rust, need help within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; The first picture is on the left (driver's side) where the hatch closes. You can see the rust that has ...

  1. #1
    Your friendly policeman FinZ28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    519

    Bright Rally Red
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28

    Have rust, need help





    The first picture is on the left (driver's side) where the hatch closes. You can see the rust that has formed. The hole on the left was caused by me. The second picture is the area underneath, which is normally covered by the long plastic piece containing the rear speaker (opposite side from the spare tire well). The second picture is a little bit worrisome due to all the rust. I'm fairly certain how to fix the rust in the first picture, however, I'm not so sure about the latter. As a result of all this, water is leaking into my car. I've already gotten the hose out and confirmed where the water is leaking in at. Seems that the water pools in the area shown in the first photo whenever I open the hatch and the car is wet.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28 A4
    SLP cold air intake/lid, SLP smooth bellow, Pacesetter LT's, ORY, Magnaflow exhaust, BMR STB, adjustable Panhard rod, SFC's, LCA's, 1LE sway bars, cross-drilled rotors

  2. #2
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    did you take a hit on the side? A lot of buckling and warping.



    How are your skills in welding/body work?

    Do you have the tools to be able to do this? (welder, grinder, etc..)



    no to any of the above questions take to a body shop and have them look at it.



    If you have the tools and skills (this is what I would do if it is a small area and is not seen, other wise I would have a body shop do it)

    you will need to grind off the paint in the area and try to see just how much rust is spreading. Cut affected area out, at least 1/2 to 1" away from the rust (get to some good metal). next get some 20 gauge sheet metal and form it to the the body, use spot welds (lots of them, alternating around the sides so you don't heat the metal too much. Once you have it welded up, cover in sealer, primer, and color.

  3. #3
    Your friendly policeman FinZ28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    519

    Bright Rally Red
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28

    I have a friend of mine (who also happens to be my neighbor) who runs a body shop in the area. He's going to come over and take a look at it this afternoon.

    Thanks for the help.

  4. #4
    Electrical Engineer KMdef9's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    North of the Motorcity
    Posts
    2,611

    Custom Swirly Black
    2001 WS6 M6

    Quote Originally Posted by SMWS6TA View Post
    did you take a hit on the side? A lot of buckling and warping.



    How are your skills in welding/body work?

    Do you have the tools to be able to do this? (welder, grinder, etc..)



    no to any of the above questions take to a body shop and have them look at it.



    If you have the tools and skills (this is what I would do if it is a small area and is not seen, other wise I would have a body shop do it)

    you will need to grind off the paint in the area and try to see just how much rust is spreading. Cut affected area out, at least 1/2 to 1" away from the rust (get to some good metal). next get some 20 gauge sheet metal and form it to the the body, use spot welds (lots of them, alternating around the sides so you don't heat the metal too much. Once you have it welded up, cover in sealer, primer, and color.
    I agree.

    Rust is like a dead limb, it needs to be completely removed to prevent more spreading.

  5. #5
    Smiles for 9.5 Years cammed goat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Paterson/Ridgewood, NJ
    Posts
    11,474

    Phantom Black Metallic
    2004 GTO M6

    I also agree. Let your friend look at/repair your car.


    extreme dimensions, driveshaft shop, harrop, hid(35watt/6k) lows, hurst, k&n, led fogs, maverick man, mishimoto, nitto, revshift, slp, stern st-1, smoked sidemarkers, whiteline poly radius rod bushings

  6. #6
    Your friendly policeman FinZ28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    519

    Bright Rally Red
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28

    That's what I'm leaning towards. Don't really have a bunch of money to throw at this particular problem, but I know it needs to be fixed before it gets worse. I really want to stop the leak first and foremost, to keep from ruining the interior of the car and causing further issues down the road. In the meantime, I'll just have to be careful about opening the trunk when the car is wet, and try to keep a towel on hand to sop up any standing water that doesn't drain from the hatch area.

  7. #7
    Spaz is My Mentor SMWS6TA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Ugy Lower Corner of AL
    Posts
    10,511

    Navy Blue Metallic
    98 T/A w/a little mods...

    How do the wx seals look?

  8. #8
    Your friendly policeman FinZ28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    519

    Bright Rally Red
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28

    The seals look fine. No cracks or dry rot, nothing loose. Best I can tell (and from running the hose over the car today with the interior pulled apart), water is getting in to the hatch when I open the trunk up, pooling in the area where the rust is, and leaking through a seam that's rusted. The rest of the water drained out as it should, to the back of the car in to the drain by the tail lights.

  9. #9
    Smiles for 9.5 Years cammed goat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Paterson/Ridgewood, NJ
    Posts
    11,474

    Phantom Black Metallic
    2004 GTO M6

    Until you have the funds to pay for the repairs, why not get some duct tape and cover the hole so water won't ruin the interior? Can't hurt.

  10. #10
    Your friendly policeman FinZ28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    519

    Bright Rally Red
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28

    I was actually going to try and sand down the area in the hatch, then seal everything up with Bondo. The metal is pretty thin, so I'm going to have to be careful with it.

  11. #11
    Smiles for 9.5 Years cammed goat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Paterson/Ridgewood, NJ
    Posts
    11,474

    Phantom Black Metallic
    2004 GTO M6

    You could go with bondo or metal mend tape.

  12. #12
    Your friendly policeman FinZ28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    519

    Bright Rally Red
    2001 Chevy Camaro Z28

    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat:2760604
    You could go with bondo or metal mend tape.
    I thought some good chewing gum might also work.

    Seriously, thanks for all the input, guys. I'll keep everybody updated and try and post pics of the progress of the repair.


Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Pontiac Rust Prevention - Rust No More
    By Ed Blown Vert in forum Firebird / WS6
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-22-2011, 01:20 PM
  2. Need some help with RUST
    By 99WS6MAN in forum Showcar and Detailing
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 08-07-2009, 08:11 PM
  3. Help: rust
    By spws6 in forum Firebird / WS6
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-07-2009, 06:10 PM
  4. Rust Removal Guide - Rust Eradication
    By Ed Blown Vert in forum Almost Anything Goes
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-20-2008, 03:40 PM
  5. will the tsp y rust?
    By GottaHaveLS1 in forum External Engine
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-25-2006, 06:40 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •