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Username Post: Where do they rust out?        (Topic#237375)
Rocki 
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Rocki
Loc: Hartland, Michigan
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03-09-10 02:21 PM - Post#1876999    

I'm going to look at a 77 Monza coupe. The car has been repainted relatively recently... which may mean there is some rust hiding behind Bondo patches.

Would you tell me where these cars typically rust out, so I can look for damage in the right places?

Thanks in advance.

64 Impala SS Convertible (undergoing frame-off resto and upgrades)
62 Impala SS Convertible Anniversary Edition 409/409, 4 speed (recovering from engine fire)
65 Mustang GT Convertible, 289, 4 spd (wife's toy)
Dreaming of more...


 




bowtieollie 
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bowtieollie
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03-10-10 04:44 AM - Post#1877350    
    In response to Rocki

Bottom of front fenders behind the wheel
Rear quarter fender lips

Rockers

Closely inspect the floor pan at the firewall/floor pan junction.

Battery tray/wheel house

Frame rails near steering box.

Check rear suspension mounting area - especially near the lower control arms.

Bowtieollie
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Randy_W 
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Reg: 01-06-02
03-10-10 05:31 AM - Post#1877371    
    In response to Rocki

Anywhere between the wheels, above the ground and below and including the roof. Not trying to be a smartie, but I've owned them and they will rust anywhere and everywhere.

Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


 
bowtieollie 
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bowtieollie
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03-11-10 06:00 AM - Post#1878013    
    In response to Randy_W

  • Randy_W Said:
.... and they will rust anywhere and everywhere.



Boy, ain't that the truth!


Bowtieollie
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Randy_W 
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03-12-10 02:00 PM - Post#1878848    
    In response to bowtieollie

Ollie, I was offered 4 hatchbacks, 2 Monza's, one Skyhawk and one Sunbird, there wasn't enough metal to build one, even with any separate parts I could find. That was about 8-9 years ago, I gave up.

Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


 
bowtieollie 
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bowtieollie
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03-13-10 02:24 PM - Post#1879427    
    In response to Randy_W

Hey there Randy,

Hopefully a few of them survived down South!
Or Las Vegas... where the paint burns off, or the interior seats explode - but you can still read the part number on the shock absorbers - after all these years!

(go figure)

Bowtieollie
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Randy_W 
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03-15-10 04:47 PM - Post#1880638    
    In response to bowtieollie

I want to build one, not picky which brand. I wanted to use an LT1 drivetrain but now I'm thinking LSx of some sort. Build it mild enough to sound innocent and sneak up on some Camaros and Terminators with it!

PS; Hatchback, not notchback. I like them, too, just want the slick roof.

Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


Edited by Randy_W on 03-15-10 04:48 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
bowtieollie 
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03-16-10 05:54 AM - Post#1880941    
    In response to Randy_W

Me too.... I always wanted to build one "back in the day" - but all of life's priorities got in the way.

Make mine a BIG BLOCK.... I had a 427 Vega that was a bit much for daily transportation. I should have kept that engine and found a nice Monza....

Bowtieollie
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Randy_W 
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03-16-10 09:16 AM - Post#1881031    
    In response to bowtieollie

I like the balance of the lighter engine in a smaller package, but I do like me some big blocks! I have a friend that owns a speed shop, years ago he built a new at the time 2+2 with a 383, I don't recall the engine combo but it was low 12 second street driven ride. Had a Doug Nash 5 speed, Dana 44 with 4.10 gears. Recaro seats, roll cage. Sweet little ride.

Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


 
ALMACKCHRISLYNN 
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Loc: Bardstown, KY
Reg: 03-23-10
03-23-10 12:49 PM - Post#1885409    
    In response to bowtieollie

  • bowtieollie Said:
Me too.... I always wanted to build one "back in the day" - but all of life's priorities got in the way.

Make mine a BIG BLOCK.... I had a 427 Vega that was a bit much for daily transportation. I should have kept that engine and found a nice Monza....



I had a 74 Vega Wagon and then a 78 Monza wagon and really loved them both. of course that was when I was young and ANYTHING was great to drive....lol.
I still look for a nice Vega tho.
My favorite Big Block Vega was the one Popular Hot Rodding Mag. built in 77 or 78.






 
bowtieollie 
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03-23-10 02:23 PM - Post#1885460    
    In response to ALMACKCHRISLYNN

Last summer I saw an absolutely gorgeous blue Vega panel wagon. The workmanship was outstanding... and boy did it sound good!

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Randy_W 
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03-25-10 04:51 AM - Post#1886434    
    In response to bowtieollie

Y'all are gonna make me go find one, if you keep this up! This warm weather has the bug biting!

Randy

DON'T mess with Old Men, we didn't get old by being, STUPID!!!

"The veneer of civilization is very thin!" (Arlo)


 




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