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Common rust areas where to look?? by adm927
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Report this Post09-07-2016 10:17 AM Click Here to See the Profile for adm927Click Here to Email adm927Send a Private Message to adm927Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Getting ready to go look at an 87 gt soon. Been sitting for a couple of years outside covered but in the ground not on a driveway.. What are the common bad areas that I should look at? I have not been under a fiero in many years.
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Report this Post09-07-2016 10:49 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Fiero 88Click Here to Email Fiero 88Send a Private Message to Fiero 88Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Peel back the trunk carpet and look at the corners. Also reach up the rear suspension and feel the frame rails the best you can. I'm sure someone will be along to post horrible pictures of rusty Fieros.

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Report this Post09-07-2016 11:25 AM Click Here to See the Profile for dobeySend a Private Message to dobeyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Under the battery, near the brake lines, and under the trunk carpet, are generally good indicators.

If the battery tray is rusted out, it's probably not a good sign, for example, as the acid will drip down on the frame/cradle and eat at the paint and steel there too.
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Report this Post09-07-2016 12:19 PM Click Here to See the Profile for turbo86seClick Here to Email turbo86seSend a Private Message to turbo86seEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
In my case, floor pans. Rusty and nasty. Mine sat out for years, of course, mine has T-Tops

Another area is the crossover pipe, and the two lower support brackets for the radiator. Those parts are easily found here though.

Good luck and save that Fiero!
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Report this Post09-07-2016 01:05 PM Click Here to See the Profile for adm927Click Here to Email adm927Send a Private Message to adm927Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanks for the good info. I will be sure to check all those areas.
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Originally posted by Fiero 88:

I'm sure someone will be along to post horrible pictures of rusty Fieros.


Pictures are so yesterday.

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Report this Post09-07-2016 02:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for adm927Click Here to Email adm927Send a Private Message to adm927Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
ouch! I will never buy one that bad. lol
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Note, you would have to take the wheel well plastic liner out to see that rust. Except what you can see from the trunk inside with carpet out.
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Look anywhere it is steel. LOL!

The first place to look is like stated in the trunk on the sides. This is where they first go at the spot weld.

If it is bad there it may be worse else where.

Also many forget the space frame space over the rear axles. It is a boxed section that will rot totally away even with the rest of the car in good condition.

If it is rusty walk away. Too many other good cars left to deal with rust.
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The engine cradle would be best place to start to indicate. It should give an indication how much paint is still on it if no paint on cradle then no paint left anywhere.
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Report this Post09-16-2016 08:24 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Tony KaniaSend a Private Message to Tony KaniaEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I have found Michigan and Ohio to be the most common rust areas. 😄
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So maybe this is more of a question about etiquette than about rust....

When I go to look at a car, I gather that I need to pull back the trunk carpet and look for rust. (Thanks, forum users, for this tip.) But I would be pretty ticked off if I got my car prepped to show for sale and then some jerk came along and upset the trunk trim. I guess if I go and pull someone's trunk trim off, I'd like to be able to put it back the way I found it. How do I do that? Does it tuck under that rubber weather seal? Is it a difficult job?


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I ask for them to take the carpet out and send pic before I even go to look at it. If they refuse I don't go
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Just remember if you find any rust you need to examine the entire car. Only exception may be the battery tray area. In other words, sometime acid from the battery can cause the rust. If you can't find rust in the trunk corners under the carpet or along the spot welds in that same area, then there is a good chance your good. I've found rust behind the heat cloth used on the firewall between the engine and seat area but again it was always associated with spot welds or the edges of the sheet metal. I've seen rusted rear cradles on cars with no other rust and you also want to look at the condition of the nuts and bolts. I've seen some very rusted bolts on rear suspension and front chassis parts. Not that rusted nuts/bolts would be a deal breaker but it may be an indication of how long its been since any maintenance has been done.
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Originally posted by Tony Kania:

I have found Michigan and Ohio to be the most common rust areas. 😄


YUP! Good one.....Don't know what happened to Ontario....

[This message has been edited by Gall757 (edited 04-08-2017).]

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Originally posted by Tony Kania:

I have found Michigan and Ohio to be the most common rust areas. 😄


True story
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That rust belt map should extend a bit further north in Michigan.

http://www.fiero.nl/cgi-bin...ad=20160323-2-121544

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