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MustangRdr68
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From: Bensalem, PA
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posted 11-17-2001 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MustangRdr68   Click Here to Email MustangRdr68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hey hows it goin. I gotta a question. If my chassis and suspension looks all rusty on the outside when i look under the car does that mean im gonna have to replace the whole underbody? Cause if it does im gonna have to start lookin for another.

Thx Mike

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Stang28965
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posted 11-17-2001 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang28965   Click Here to Email Stang28965     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
tap it with a hammer to see how good of shape its in. If its just a little rusty then sand it down, and use a rust paint like por15.

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MustangRdr68
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posted 11-17-2001 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MustangRdr68   Click Here to Email MustangRdr68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ok thx

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Stang28965
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posted 11-17-2001 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stang28965   Click Here to Email Stang28965     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good places to check are.... under the hood on the very front, side frame rails, under the batt, See if thats rotted. Also check the back side of the shock tower behind the suspention, Where the shock tower attaches to the frame it has a little pocket that likes to collect dirt, and water and then rust out. Let us know how it looks.

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SuperDave
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posted 11-17-2001 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperDave   Click Here to Email SuperDave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rust and Mustangs see to be linked. If you don't know much about working on cars, you'll be well advised to have an experienced person check out your suspension and chassis. Replacing the whole underbody (not the same thing as the suspension and chassis)of the car is a major project and probably would cost more than your car is worth.

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mellowyellow
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posted 11-17-2001 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Super Dave is right on. There are a lot of places in Pa. Glaziers, Laurel Mountain, Cj's, Mid County and a lot of others who can give you a heads up on what your car needs. In many cases, it is wise to look OUT of the rust belt for a rust free auto. There are cars that can be purchased for LESS than the cost of rust repair. And to be brutally frank, the restorer ends up with more in a coupe than it's worth by a lot. Hate to sound like rain on a parade but it bears looking into if your car car is BADLY rusted. A good example is Steven buying his Mach I in Ca. NO RUST!

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7DMACH1
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posted 11-17-2001 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 7DMACH1   Click Here to Email 7DMACH1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, you can check with the guy that does all my work, he's not too far from you. It's JD'S Auto and Performance Center, 810 Welsh Rd. Huntingdon Valley Pa, 215-923-9270 tell Rick or Joe I sent you. RAY

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The Iceman
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posted 11-17-2001 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, like i told you online, also check your torque boxes dont want to have the same prob as i do haha
later duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-18-2001 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These guys are right on the mark. It's very important to get a real assessment of the car's condition before you spend any money on it.

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MustangRdr68
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posted 11-18-2001 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MustangRdr68   Click Here to Email MustangRdr68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
thx for all the help guys . Its much appreciated.

Mike

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The Iceman
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posted 11-18-2001 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Iceman   Click Here to Email The Iceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SURE its appreciated ha ha haaaaaa
later dude

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1965 Coupe "BeeBop" 200ci Straight "6"~2.77 3-spd w/Hurst Shifter~Pertronix Elec. Ign.~Flamethrower Coil~Flex-Fan~Clifford 6-2 Header~26" Smithys~3" chrome tips~'85 T-Bird TC buckets~'66 guages
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7DMACH1
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posted 11-18-2001 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 7DMACH1   Click Here to Email 7DMACH1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, i don't mean any disrespect but in you other post about burning oil you stated you didn't know what a PCV valve was. I'm not faulting you for that but if you have very limited knowledge about cars you should have a professional look at it. Like I stated before JD'S is the best auto shop around this area. He will give you an honest opinion and show you what is the condition of your car and if it's worth fixing. If it's got rotted floor, torque, boxes, rockers, cowl panels, and frame rails it's probobly wouln't be worth fixing. I don't want to see you waste your money.Tell Joe or Rick I sent you, he will be glad to help. RAY

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RAY . FLY THE FLAG, SHOW THE WORLD WE ARE PROUD AMERICANS!70 MACH 1 351C NOW 408 STROKER 4SPD.
86 MERCURY CAPRI 5.0 RUNS 12.86 @107 1.65 60 ft.
2001 LINCOLN LS V8 1997 MUSTANG
SHOW THE WORLD, LIGHT A CANDLE.
http://www.geocities.com/slariviere/7DMach1.html

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