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exclamation.gif posted on June 26th, 2008 at 11:45 AM
In need of desperate help regarding rust!


I've just bought a 1971 beetle and after having it inspected by a panel beater he's discovered that the car is riddled with rust, and has quoted a minimum $5000 to cut out rust and respray. However, he has also told me that the car is not worth the cost of repairing it, and recommends selling it asap to try to get some of my money back.

But, i really don't want to have to sell it, as i'll have to sell it for a huge loss, plus i love it and had great restoration plans for it.

Can anyone give me any advice?
Is it worth trying to get it restored?
Will the rust come back even once it's been cut out?
Should i instead try to replace the entire panels instead of cutting the rust out?
Are there any other solutions to my problem?

Help, i'm lost!
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posted on June 26th, 2008 at 03:18 PM



Where are u located?

If u can take some photos that will help heaps

cheers, Mick




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posted on June 4th, 2011 at 05:42 PM



if you can replace panels thats probably the best way to go.
but on places you cant, you will need to cut them out. when cutting out lets just say if its the size of a 5c piece, cut out the size of a 50c piece.
then before welding in a new piece, make sure that pice is immac, paint the inside of the plate ith rust kill, and leave the side your going to weld bare metal.

send over some pics of it to te78ford1@hotmail.com
maybe if you come help me on weekends we can work something out on doing it. or i can possibly work on it at your place removing the rust and prepping the car for paint.
regards isaac. yeh btw im in sydney




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posted on June 4th, 2011 at 10:01 PM



Quote:
Originally posted by ewat2702
I've just bought a 1971 beetle and after having it inspected by a panel beater he's discovered that the car is riddled with rust, and has quoted a minimum $5000 to cut out rust and respray. However, he has also told me that the car is not worth the cost of repairing it, and recommends selling it asap to try to get some of my money back.

But, i really don't want to have to sell it, as i'll have to sell it for a huge loss, plus i love it and had great restoration plans for it.

Can anyone give me any advice?
Is it worth trying to get it restored?
Will the rust come back even once it's been cut out?
Should i instead try to replace the entire panels instead of cutting the rust out?
Are there any other solutions to my problem?

Help, i'm lost!


Hi
its a common problem with later model beetles...
[later- after 1968]
the flow thru ventilation behind the side rear windows sucked in moisture after 20+ years...
and worse if it was left in the open and not garaged...

Guards, doors, running boards, bonnet and engine lid are all bolt on bits and good 2nd hand ones can be found...

other new pieces are also available for rust repairs as rust is a major problem in the northern hemisphere...

best to take it to a VW owner who knows what to look for
and can advise...

cheers

LEE




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posted on June 4th, 2011 at 10:03 PM



Quote:
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quoted a minimum $5000 to cut out rust and respray.


If its done properly that is a bargin! M




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posted on June 9th, 2011 at 06:01 PM



Guys,

you are 2 years behind the times. This started in June 2008 :D

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