Fox strut tower / frame rail rust repair - Ford Mustang Forums : Corral.net Mustang Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 02-28-2008, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Trader Feedback: (24)
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: SE IOWA
Posts: 336
Fox strut tower / frame rail rust repair

Hi, I recently got an 88 coupe and I'm putting the engine and tranny out of my 88 GT in it. When the 4 banger was removed I see lots of rust around the frame rail and strut tower. I saw an old post on this where the guy welded in 2x3 tubing to replace the rails but the pics don't work on it. I would mostly like to know what he did about the k-member bolts and how far back the frame was cut out. Anyone else have any experience or pics of this? Thanks!
blownaway92 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 02-28-2008, 01:34 AM
Registered User
 
gnx547's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Posts: 1,077
Do you have any pics?

89 GT 5.0, 5-speed
95 GT 5.0, 5-speed
gnx547 is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 02-28-2008, 10:41 AM
Registered User
 
SVT32VDOHC's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 358
Your best bet is to cut all the rot out. Then get some heavy duty steel and reinforce that area. That is a critical point being it is the strut tower and where the K member bolts up. I saw a local fab shop just section som new metal. Look like 1/8" steel, and it looked great!

91 Mustang GT 4.6L 32V Cobra motor, T-45 trans, Bassani X-pipe, Flowmaster cat-back, 3.73's, Sub-frames, LCA's, SN95 dash, column, console swap. ABS, 5-lug, 4 wheel disc brakes, Cobra grill, spoiler, bumper.

04 Cobra--Whipple 2.3L,17psi, 595RWHP
SVT32VDOHC is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 02-28-2008, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Trader Feedback: (24)
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: SE IOWA
Posts: 336
I don't have any pics yet but without looking at my car I was just wondering how far back a person should go with this. I would really like to see some more pics if anyone has any.
blownaway92 is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 02-29-2008, 12:24 AM
Registered User
 
speedfreak87's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (7)
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: New jersey I think..*sniff* yep! it's new jersey..
Posts: 11,530
before



After:



the inner before.



after


F'n Joey

Pain is weakness leaving your body.

www.thefusionsolution.com
speedfreak87 is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 02-29-2008, 10:23 AM
Registered User
 
SVT32VDOHC's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 358
That is what I was talking about. I also recommend putting new steel on the top too. You don't want rotted metal where the bolt goes through the nut. You should tighten those with a 1/2" impact gun and if they are rotted you could pull the metal down or break it right out of there.

91 Mustang GT 4.6L 32V Cobra motor, T-45 trans, Bassani X-pipe, Flowmaster cat-back, 3.73's, Sub-frames, LCA's, SN95 dash, column, console swap. ABS, 5-lug, 4 wheel disc brakes, Cobra grill, spoiler, bumper.

04 Cobra--Whipple 2.3L,17psi, 595RWHP
SVT32VDOHC is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 02-29-2008, 11:14 AM
Registered User
 
ben5.0's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (38)
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: NC
Posts: 1,985
thats some pretty serious rot. you sure you got it all out?

ben5.0 is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 02-29-2008, 11:21 AM
Registered User
 
mattwellman50's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 52
I found a car in a salvage yard and cut out some pieces that I needed. This way I know it is the same material and will react the same way in a collision.
I don't know how to post pictures but I have some.
mattwellman50 is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 02-29-2008, 05:37 PM
Registered User
 
88OrangeLX's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (6)
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,465
That patch looks like a 2 year old did it. Weld it in flush and make it look like nothing has ever been done to it.

New times coming soon.....
88OrangeLX is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 02-29-2008, 07:04 PM
Registered User
 
Trader Feedback: (0)
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 48
Sorry to hijack, but I have the same issue, only a little worse.

The very bottom of my strut tower is rotted out as well as the frame on the passenger side. I plan on replacing all of it with new metal - but what do I do about the sleeves that are in the frame, for the kmember bolts? I was planning on using box steel to replace the frame right there - would the sleeves be necessary if I go that route?
ultrageek is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 03-04-2008, 03:52 PM
Registered User
 
88OrangeLX's Avatar
 
Trader Feedback: (6)
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,465
If yours is that bad I say find another car, they are a dime a dozen.

New times coming soon.....
88OrangeLX is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Mustang Forums : Corral.net Mustang Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome