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My slow battle against hatch rust

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Mixelplix, May 16, 2018 at 6:50 AM.

  1. Mixelplix

    Mixelplix

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    After a long time neglecting my '91 FJ80, I've decided to begin tackling a few things which need attention. One of the minor issues is the rust around the rear hatch glass which I've been keeping at bay with intermittent applications of POR-15 and white spray paint.

    I randomly encountered another white 80 series in a parking lot, and realized that I needed to fix my hatch sooner than later or else it gets much worse..

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    Here's a closeup of what mine looked like when I pulled her in the garage the other day to begin working on the hatch.

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    Mixelplix

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    I pulled the wiper, and the interior trim. While it looks bad, it's actually better than I expected.

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    Next up was the rear glass removal. I took my time and worked the gasket out from the interior side to the exterior. It was't difficult to remove - although I was sure I would break it, because that's my luck.

    Amazingly I was able to get it out solo without damaging it.

    The outside looks a little better than the inside.

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    I ordered a new exterior "Land Cruiser" emblem off of ebay. I was able to source a single stage 045 white locally.

    Tonight I'll probably continue taking off the lockset, the wiper mechanism, and the emblem.

    Going forward I plan to grind the surface to discover all the rust. Cut out any metal which is compromised, and sand / rust convert any light rust. I'll then try to fab up some patch panels and weld them in. Then primer / paint / reassembly.

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    Seems like it would have been easier to just source a new hatch. Looks like a lot of work and as a fellow rust belter, I feel your pain and am curious to see how this all comes together. Good luck!
     
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    I considered it, but I wasn't able to find anything nearby in better shape.

    Plus, I generally enjoy doing this type of thing. As an added bonus, I can only be mad at myself if it starts to rust again in a few years.
     
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    Dang rust, something I’m gonna have to deal with sooner than later. Good luck.
     
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    Don't know where you are in PA, but I have a rear gate in far better shape that I replaced with a unrusted copy. Yours for a six pack...
     
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    Thanks for the offer! Shooting you a PM now.
     
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    I had one shipped from Texas as it was a lot easier to deal with that than to fix the rust!

    Toyota Land Cruiser Used Auto Parts Accessories | CruiserYard | Austin, Texas
     
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    slow95z Always parting 80s GOLD Star

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    i do have several but none in white. pm me if you want a good deal on a rust free hatch from the south.
     
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    New hatch is the only answer unless you have endless free time. As bad as yours looks, no question it would be going to the scrapper. Easy enough to paint it to match, don't worry about getting a white one (I made the mistake of going for a poor condition hood because it was white and ended up replacing it with a new one).

    My hatch is "champagne" and my hood is black all on a white truck. The neighbors love me :hillbilly:
     
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    Get a new (used) hatch. You're going to have to paint the repair, so may as well paint whole thing.
     
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    You guys are right. I'll get one in better shape.
     
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    I think that is the right move. The one you have now is pretty far gone and I think you would have spent a lot of time with it and you might not have been happy with the result and the rust could come back. Keep the old glass and whatever else you can salvage out of the old one.
     
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    I say fix the rust and re-use....but mostly just because everyone else is saying throw away and replace.
     
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    Hang the current one in your living room as art.
     
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    Take off the old one and run it over.

    Install new one and drink a beer.

    Done.

    I have one but Colorado is a little far..