My '95 G20 Van is showing a lot of rust around the lower extremities..
years of salt up here in Maine.
Has anyone tried some of these replacement pieces that are generally
available? It's a work van, so not a lot of cosmetics are necessary,
but I do need to pass our annual inspection in a couple of months, and
they don't like sharp edges.
I've heard the new sections can be pop-riveted on....
Thanks for help!
Any good body shop can do what you ask, whether it will pass is another
issue. All the rust be cleared away to the point solid metal is exposed.
Make sure this type of repair will pass and this will not last long up here
the NE as you know.
I have found most body shops will not do this work. They just do not want
to do anything they can't charge an arm and a leg for....(my opinion) I
had several tell me they do not work on old vehicles or rust. (seriously)
You can get the body sections from JC Whitney (off their web page) but I
would wait until they have a free shipping sale as some of the pieces are
oversized and will cost a fortune to ship. I would keep an eye on your rear
spring hangers. They are hard welded to the frame and do rust though.
...no body shop will do this repair either... If you are handy you can get
a nice 90amp flux welder and the necessary tools from Harbor Freight for
less then $300 and weld in the panels yourself. If you want a mig or tig
welder or a plasma cutter these will cost you more but they do have all of
these items. I am in the same boat but am currently trying to find somebody
who will replace the drivers side spring hanger. I have hit every body shop
and welding shop in 40 miles, no go....
When body shops cherrypick jobs:
They are gambling with their future!
Remember that when you need a repair on one of your newer cars or trucks.
I'm sure that you can find a quality oriented shop, who will accept this job
gracefully and happily.
Remember, the big shops didn't get big by being nice!
That is what I thought but haven't found a shop that will replace the spring
hanger on my van or the tailgate cross member on the rear of my suburban. I
can replace the cross member myself but I just don't have the gutz to
re-weld the hanger myself. I hope you are right I hate to junk the van
because of a $80 bracket and an hour welding job.
Search and you will find!
Word of mouth is your best friend, as well as the shop's.
Ask someone you see with a repainted older car, where they had it done.
There is no shame in looking for a good shop, and maybe if you're in Shep's
area. Have him do the job.
Good luck and remember, the newer trucks rust faster, in fact. On a silent
night, you can hear a Ford rusting away.
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