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Old 02-28-2008, 12:18 AM   #1
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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!
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:34 AM   #2
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Do you have any pics?
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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!
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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.
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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.
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thats some pretty serious rot. you sure you got it all out?
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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.
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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.
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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?
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If yours is that bad I say find another car, they are a dime a dozen.
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