03 GT rust repair has begun (with pictures)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Shouter, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. Shouter

    Shouter New Member

    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    Well my 03 has a couple small paint bubbles above the left rear wheel. Upon inspection, it appears something hit the lip underneath, and caused a separation between the outer quarter panel skin, and the inner tub, allowing moisture in there and causing some rot. I currently have the crust cut out, minus the lip, still need to drill the lip spot welds off, but i've cleaned and found all clean metal. Keep in mind the picture with the most rust showing is before I cleaned it all up, so don't worry, im not patching over that crust. I made the patch panel last thursday at work, and it is ready to cut to size and weld in.


    Also, the passenger side sail panel above the door had a crack, so it is also off the car and going to get repaired and repainted.


    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. ttocs

    ttocs Legend

    Messages:
    25,461
    Likes Received:
    2,479
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Location:
    Evansville Indiana
    that sucks. Don't you think you need to go over a little further to get the rusty section behind it? Eastwood sells a rust encapsulating paint that has its tip on a long plastic tube that you can snake into small areas to cover problem areas that might help.
     
  3. the5.ohh

    the5.ohh Legend

    Messages:
    9,555
    Likes Received:
    108
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shaolin, NY
    My buddy has the same exact issue on his 02 GT. It started off tiny, now it's growing fairly quickly. I'll show him this thread. You might want to spray some rust preventative paint in there for extra safety I guess you could say.
     
  4. DropTopPony

    DropTopPony Administrator Staff Member Admin SN95 Supporter

    Messages:
    15,342
    Likes Received:
    119
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2006
    Location:
    South Jersey
    Time for a wide body kit? :)
     
  5. Shouter

    Shouter New Member

    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    As stated originally, that was a picture that was taken early on. Since, I have cut it out larger, and removed all the rust. It will be as good as new once I am done. I need to look at what Eastwood has for sure.

    Also, the area will be spot blasted and treated, not just rust ground off/cut away. Taking no chances.
     
  6. Shouter

    Shouter New Member

    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Location:
    Fargo, ND

    If your buddy wants me to, I can make a patch panel and send it to you, it would look just like mine, but I could make it longer if need be. Keep in mind it won't be free..
     
  7. the5.ohh

    the5.ohh Legend

    Messages:
    9,555
    Likes Received:
    108
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shaolin, NY
    I'll ask him and see what he says. Thanks!
     
  8. Shouter

    Shouter New Member

    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    Rust is blasted, and treated, patch is cut to fit (still need some trimming on the back end). Just about ready to weld, just waiting on weld through primer.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    Sent from my HTC6525LVW using Tapatalk
     
  9. Vegasfilter

    Vegasfilter Member

    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    May 11, 2015
    Location:
    Denver
    love the color. I had an 05 GT same color and got tons of compliments all the time.
     
  10. Mr.Eman

    Mr.Eman New Member

    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2013
    Location:
    Mass
    I had rust in a similar spot on mine. A buddy of mine sideswiped it in the driveway and the rust was discovered at the bodyshop.
     
  11. ttocs

    ttocs Legend

    Messages:
    25,461
    Likes Received:
    2,479
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Location:
    Evansville Indiana
    http://www.eastwood.com/ew-rust-encapsulator-w-ext-nozzle-black.html

    I used this on my build to get inside the rails and other areas I had no hope of getting into. My only advice is use on ground you don't mind getting paint on or be sure to put down a layer of news papers as its pretty thin and will run through any holes it finds. I can't yet speak to how well it works getting wet after as my project is not yet rolling but eastwood has been good for these products for a while and I don't know anyone else that has the tip that can get into small spots.
     
  12. Shouter

    Shouter New Member

    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    Got the Weld-Thru primer finally, and it's all welded up. Turned out pretty good. Very little distortion.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  13. Shouter

    Shouter New Member

    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Well it's finally done and I couldn't be happier. Just in time to go to Power Cruise this weekend.

    Sent from my HTC6525LVW using Tapatalk
     
  14. Shouter

    Shouter New Member

    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    All back to looking pretty
    [​IMG]
     
  15. 07GtS197

    07GtS197 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,391
    Likes Received:
    187
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2015
    Location:
    Naples, Fl
    Looks good man! I had rust in the same spot of my old 00 gt but I never got it fixed. My hats off to you sir!
     
  16. wkrichard

    wkrichard New Member

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2015
  17. Shouter

    Shouter New Member

    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2015
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    thats in there deep! Best of luck to you, make sure to get all the rust cut out of there!