Underbody Rust - How Bad Is This? (1 Viewer)

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I have a 1999 LC100 that spent it's 128k miles life in the New York metro area - nasty winters with tons of snow and road salt.

Any "expert" assessments about the rust situation (photos below) on my LC would be much appreciated. How bad is it? Do I need to address these areas ASAP or can it wait?

I also welcome any recommendations for a local shop that specializes in rust repair/prevention. I'm in Nassau County, Long Island, NY.

Thanks!



1) Front passenger side. What's this rod called? It doesn't look good.
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2) How bad is this?
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3) Rear driver's side. Should I replace the rusty cylinder thingy? What is that called?
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4) What does the piece with the 2 circles do? Support a jack stand?
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5) Should I be concerned about this?
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That rust is just fine... I've got about the same.

The bolted item with two circles is actually used in the African outback on safaris. At mid-high speed wind channels around it and sends out a series of animal calls, attracting wildlife, which is great for tourism. I don't know if it works in Long Island though...surprised to find it on a US model...
 

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Get some lanolin oil (e.g. Fluid Film) treatment right away. Will slow down the development, which is otherwise galloping faster and faster. Remove loose rust and paint flakes first, and flush out the muck from inside the frame rails. If you also remove the rear bumper (5 min job), it's easy to access frame rails and the most rusty areas at the back.
Remove all belly armor and spare wheel before treatment.
 

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yup, not bad at all by rust belt standards I believe.
 
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From what I hear the 200's don't seem to be fairing as well in the rustbelt's as the 100's.

You're joking, right? My 2013 LX has that much rust on it after one Northeast Ohio winter. You have nothing at all to worry about from a corrosion standpoint.

This doesn't seem to bad for many seasons in the Northeast. Especially if you aren't doing the maintenance and won't have to worry about trying to loosen those bolts at home.
 
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Being 15 years old, that's very little rust all things considered so I would guess that LC was garaged year round. I'm trying to address the rust on my '03 LC and just went to a local Cruiser specialist to get their thoughts. They put it up on the lift and said it was in great shape for an '03 (they see a lot of rusty LC's!), but now would be a good time to preserve the underside before it got worse.

Their approach is to use a needle scaler to get as much of the surface rust off as they can followed by wire brushing and sanding. Next, they paint the entire underside with a chassis paint. Finally, they spray an undercarriage wax over everything and get into any available openings. Takes about 10 - 15 hours of labor plus $200 in materials so about $1200 - $1500 job. If this job will preserve the chassis for the next 10 years, it will be worth every penny.
 
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You guys need to quit razzing him. It's discouraging. Kongdom, you are right, the two circle thing is a jacking support, its on the passenger side only because the drivers side has special "matched" tires that never go flat.
 
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And, FYI your rust is a walk in the park compared to the red mass that is my underside. You don't have anything to worry about. I will be using the Fluidfilm recd above on my truck this fall. There is a package available that seems reasonable on the stuff $94 for a spray can, a gallon of liquid, a compressor powered spray gun, a wand and maybe a little touch up can. seems worth a try to me.
 
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Rust is relative and what is acceptable is a personal decision. What passes for light rust in one part of the country, is a lot of rust in another.

As someone who does all their own maintenance, I hate the stuff and avoid it at all costs.

But those are just my feelings on it. .....
 
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Do a little research on the subject of rust prevention. Quite honestly that does not look bad.

I use Fluid film on my hundy. Has worked for me pretty well. Reminds me I have to order a box before winter ;)

Hundies have much better rust protection coming out of the factory than older production years so maybe use a wire brush and scrape the surface rust as best as possible then go over with some rustoleum or POR15. Then use Fluid film on a yearly basis.

The other product I use is Waxoyl. This stuff really works well on my defender 90. Like other older vehicles, they didn't come out of the factory with the standard of rust prevention newer vehicles have. This stuff is not permanent, but if you want to remove it, it's a PITA. Had it professionally done. Prep is the hardest part of getting the job done correctly. If you are interested in something like this procedure, there a few places I can recommend that will do a great job. Rovertek in West Babylon and Randall's Autobody out in Southampton are good.

I've heard of other professional rust prevention applications like Ziebart but can't comment it other than it being a possible option.






...via IH8MUD app
 
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Jeez you guys, if I'm mistaken I apologize, but I'm almost 99% sure that the bolted on item is to dampen vibration caused by your side steps. I know for a fact that the guys who remove their side steps generally remove that bolted on part as well, as it ends up just sticking out when the side steps are missing.
 
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Oooo.. Another local 100 owner on mud. That rust isn't terrible at all. If you take a wire wheel and or brush, that'll come out real nice.

Amity- When are you applying fluid film? i'll come over and hang out.
 
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Thanks for all the feedback! Clearly, I'm an amateur - so I welcome the hazing.

Since I don't have 1) time 2) access to a lift, I'd rather just pay someone to do the rust removal/prevention for me. @AmityFJ I'll give Rovertek a call. Thanks! Anyone have any other suggestions for local shops that specialize in this?

@AmityFJ and @3D FJ is there a local LC100 community in Long Island? If so, I'd love to be part of it.
 
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Not a 100 community, but there is a local TLCA chapter - gotham city land cruisers. I haven't been able to make any of their events this year. I plan on joining and making some next year. AmityFJ and I met when we both had FJC's and are still a part of the FJNortheasters.org. If you need help locally, pm me. Hopefully, within the next two weeks i'll have time to work on my truck before it gets too cold.
 

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