Strut Tower Rust

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So I just recently installed strut assemblies at all four corners. In the process of doing so, I found an unwelcome surprise waiting for me. The dreaded strut tower rust has finally come for me. A pic of what my driver side rear looks like is below. The passenger side rear is still clean. I have been reading a lot about this online. It seems as though a wood block is the most cost effective solution. The use of the word solution here is a loose translation.

How long is that actually going to buy me before the car becomes a safety liability? Is there anywhere around here that would try their hand at fixing it without seriously depleting my bank account?


 

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That's really not that bad, there are FAR worse cars out there likely driving right next to you. The labor involved in properly "fixing" that would probably empty your wallet, I doubt it would be worth having it done. A wooden block fix with some POR15 before it would buy you plenty of time though.
 

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sorry to see that jim that sucks.
 

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Oil rusty area? What is this, fucking 1901? Can he use your fuckin' steam engine to power his tools?
 

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put trunk panels back in...

... SELL CAR

...buy non rusty one.
 

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yeah, REALLY good chance you won't find one anymore if the strut towers aren't gone, the rockers are. within 400 miles of here... and if you're going further than that woof... .
 

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My 2000 GTP had far worse rust in the back than that. Anything 2001 and up shouldn't have the rear rust issues since GM had a larger, updated rear fender liner. Clean and seal as others have said to prevent from getting worse.
 

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yeah the 2001-03's though will have rocker rust, or trunk lid, or above the rear tires about to pop through. JUNK
 

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Good point, I was merely talking about strut tower rust. Rust buckets for life
 

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I was putting stb in the back last week, no rust thankfully. Rockers are fine...pinch welds :rofl: not so much and rust is starting to creep on one of the fenders. Not too bad for 14 year old from Illinois.

3800 for life lol
 

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That's a savable car, you should deal with that this summer before it gets worse. My blue GTP that I used to have was completely rust free. It was an '02 though, that shit was clean.

 

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Weight is an issue, I used the lightest clamps I could find.
 

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Time to sell it, honestly. And find one from a dry state like I did. I sold my GP because of exactly that..and found my Regal here, but was from CA
 

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Finally got around to addressing this. I applied a generous helping of POR-15 to the strut tower and hammered in some wood as a precaution. I don't expect this car to last forever, but I should be able to get a few extra years out of it now.



 

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My 2000 GTP had far worse rust in the back than that. Anything 2001 and up shouldn't have the rear rust issues since GM had a larger, updated rear fender liner. Clean and seal as others have said to prevent from getting worse.
Yeah I don't think my 01 has any on the backs at all.
 

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