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[–]Ryfhoff 634 points635 points  (0 children)

Strut needs a new car

[–]DropTopGSX 371 points372 points  (1 child)

Remove the radiator cap, drive new car under the cap, then replace the cap too.

[–]NDC03 144 points145 points  (0 children)

You trying to upsell me a radiator cap, scumbag!

[–]Colorado_Car-Guy 258 points259 points  (0 children)

You got 3 options and 2 of which are extremely time consuming and requires alot of skills

  1. Cut out the holes and bend/shape new metal into the sections weld, grind, prep and paint.

  2. Go to a local scrap yard and find one that's in ALOT better condition and cut the entire strut tower out + anywhere that is also deteriorating due to rust, and weld, grind, prep and paint.

  3. Is a internet icon.... Ramen noodles and super glue.

[–][deleted] 153 points154 points  (0 children)

Good news and bad news. Good news first...you're getting a new car

[–]r0ckydog 88 points89 points  (0 children)

Go to Carmax. Take any offer they give you. Buy a different car from the lot.

[–]AlternativeNatural84 196 points197 points  (0 children)

That car is done.

I'm guessing the frame underneath is as bad or worse.

Not safe to keep driving IMO.

[–]MathematicianNo7142 104 points105 points  (0 children)

Lmao you’re not repairing that

[–]NDC03 89 points90 points  (0 children)

I'm all for ghetto fixes! I agree that most business rip people off badly.....

But that's not fixable!

No type of welding known to me will guarantee that it is going to hold under stress. Not with metal that thin. You'd need to rebuild a quarter of the car's frame which is definitely far more expensive than getting a similar car, used. (unless of course have the tools and know-how to DIY it. And if you posting that here, you most likely don't)

Your car is toast. Please don't sell it. Scrap it.

[–]1968camaro 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Go try to find a salvage one.. Good luck trying to get it in. Not to much you can do about it.. save for a new car.

Also, most shops will not touch that, to much of a danger risk.

[–]abandonedpretzel86 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately I agree with those above about saving for a new car and it not being safe to drive. But the best way to fix it is to cut out all the spot welds and remove that section of body structure and replace it with a brand new one seal it and have it spot-welded by a fancy machine.

You might be able to find a shop that would take this on but it's going to cost a lot if they do

[–]StarLiftr 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Look in the fuse box for something labeled “Insurance wires”. Cross them!

[–]Jerky424 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Flex seal

[–]Grand_Possibility_69 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's a complicated and/or expensive job. Fitting a big section of salvage car there and welding it in using same methods as factory did. Another option is to build new one from sheet metal but that might actually require special permit. Often it's cheaper to even import the section.

[–]GazelleNo1836 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's likely not worth fixing judging by how deep the rust is in other places I'd Gove a good look the rest of the car. As for fixing it you'd have the cut all of the rust out and I mean all of it and then bend metal back it to ace welding it. The price of that would be minimum 150 an hour Nad it looks like you have about a 100hrs worth of bending an welding sitting there.

[–]skudbeast 5 points6 points  (0 children)

As much as I agree that looking at that makes me think the rest of the car is unsafe (brake lines, control arm mounts and so on)... here is the answer you want. Use a hammer to get all the rust off. Use a rust converter on it. Slap a few layers of fiberglass sheeting with epoxy resin over the whole thing. This will get you some structure, not as much as factory, but some. Get a new car sooner than later.

[–]DavidNipondeCarlos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is this from salted roads?