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How to tell if the frame is rusted?

Discussion in '60-Series Wagons' started by BigSur, Mar 2, 2004.

  1. BigSur

    BigSur

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    So i am at home and bored....both kids asleep and the wife watching TV. I grap a beer and crawled underneath the truck. I get my light and just start fishing for what needs to be replaced next. As i am looking at the frame there is a build up of just crap so i scrap it off. Some parts look like they are starting to rust but i just can't tell. What does a rusty frame look like? Holes, Chipping and flaking, what?

    Say my frame is in the early stages of rusting. How long do i have till its not safe to drive anymore and what can put on it to stop it from spreadnig further? POR? Would i need to sand down what i see now or just overlap it with POR?

    Thanks
     
  2. TJDIV

    TJDIV Back in The U.P.

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    This build up of crap that you speak of needs to be scraped, brushed; just removed period. Spring cleaning on your rig is a good thing.

    Get to bare metal in a place or three; see how it looks clean it nice and swell and POR over it. That should do ya. I'd put $10 on the body going before the frame if both were treated with relative respect to rust and aging.

    Good Luck. (and wear goggles 8) )

    Tom IV
     
  3. dylan

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    hit it with a hammer and if it goes through it, your frame is screwed :cheers:
     
  4. dylan

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    at least thats how we tell in snowy, salty canada.
     
  5. Poser

    Poser Oh...Durka Durka Durka. s-Moderator Supporting Vendor

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    Hammer and combination prybar/chisel(flat tip screwdriver)...

    SAFTEY GLASSES ARE ON RIGHT???

    Oh, and as soon as you tap on the frame, other crap WILL fall in your face or ears...

    Funtime!

    Good luck!

    -Steve
     
  6. Eternal

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    If it is swelling and flaking then that is significant rusting. It is throughout the steel you can probably slow it with cleaning and POR or other simular product but I don't think you can stop it. From my limited experience I think the rear section of frame and cross member(bumper) are where the rusting is the worst. The condition of that would be a good gauge for the overall structure of the frame. If there are holes and excessive swelling(twice the thickness it should be) I would get into doing some serious investigating. Good hunting.
     
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