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stripping her down for some lovin'

Postby M20_fever » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:27 pm

So I stripped most of the interior (not the dash) to get the carpet out so i can address the rust issues I have, figured I

post a few pics of the progress. My intent here is to repair the rust and eliminate as much weight as I can while keeping

the appearance of a full interior. I'm planning on replacing the carpet foam with some light weight sound/heat insulation,

and removing all the tar from the cabin and trunk area.

Started by pulling the seats, and rear side panels, then the center counsel came out, and finally the carpet. I also

finally got my glove box open afrter it being broken for like 5 months, lol.
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once the carpet was out i could immediately see the trouble area in the passenger side foot well, it looks like the PO hit

something HARD. Hard enough to push the floorboard directly above the jacking point up a full inch! This is where the rust

started and ate a couple holes through to the interior.
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So I know I have some work there, we'll see what else I find when I strip the tar off the floor.

Here are some pics of the rest of the interior, there is one spot of surface rust on the fuel vent tube going through the

rear fire wall that needs to be addressed, i sourced a new external vent tube cover that goes in the rear pass wheel well

also since it was almost rusted away. Strange that it rusted so badly since nothing else around it was rusted at all.
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drivers side was really clean, no problems I can see here, unless it's hiding under the tar.
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found this under the back seat, looks like some sort of factory build sheet but I can't read it.
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How the car sits now:
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I'll update this post as I make progress, I'm waiting on my new heat gun kit I ordered on ebay to remove all the tar.
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Re: stripping her down for some lovin'

Postby ten2doyle102 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:36 pm

Is that in your garage????? I wants... ya!

Those spots are pretty minor. I have seen much worse in my past experiences! :D Very Very fixable.


There seems to be one thing missing....the polished rear brace!!!!!!!!
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Postby M20_fever » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:15 pm

haha, yeah that my garage, it was 82* in there while we where working. :)

Yeah the stuff I can see is pretty minor, I'm hoping I don't find anything else under the tar. I was surprised how clean the car is overall though, those spots where only there because the dumbass PO hit something and exposed bare metal under the car, everything else is minty fresh.

The brace is coming, I'll be tackling the trunk next weekend I hope. :wink:
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Postby Lames » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:30 pm

nice! Good luck with that. You should see my black ETA floor pans,... they are very well,.... not so great.
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Postby M20_fever » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:30 am

my last e30 was BAD, the accelerator was not attached to the floor anymore because it all rusted out, lol.
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Postby ten2doyle102 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:50 am

LOL!!! That is really REALLY bad! Wowzers!
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Postby M20_fever » Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:14 pm

haha, yeah every time I drove in the rain the carpet on the driver side foot well would be soaked. :shock:
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Postby M20_fever » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:52 pm

Woohoo, got my heat gun kit yesterday! I'm going to be stripping all the tar from the cabin and trunk this weekend, as well as stripping the foam off the OE carpet for reinstall. I hope to have the interior back together by Sunday.
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Postby ten2doyle102 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:19 pm

Sounds like you got a pretty full weekend coming up! :D You got a heated garage though.... which i hate you for.... :D
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Postby M20_fever » Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:23 pm

ha, yeah I'll be nice and toasty! :mrgreen:
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Postby M20_fever » Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:33 am

ok, so apparently everything you read on the forums is not true... :roll:

I spent 3 hours stripping foam and tar for a total weight savings of 20#. :|
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Postby ten2doyle102 » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:40 pm

LOL. Nice. I thought the tar in my car was a little heavier than that.. I don't know though.
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Postby Yoshi » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:29 am

Mine was about 45. Depends on the car. They took different amounts in different cars. Most M42s didn't even have any IIRC.

Btw you haz volvo lip! I just got one. Any advice on fitting it?
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Postby M20_fever » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:46 pm

yeah, my car didn't have very much tar in the cabin at all. Maybe because my car didn't come with the rear seat HVAC vents under the front seats? Doesn't matter, I have most of the new floor pan welded in, I just need to pull the pass side fender off to fix the rust where the jacking plate used to be. I'll post up some pics today or tomorrow.

far as the Volvo lip goes, I jacked up the front of the car and pulled both wheels off because the Volvo lip to too long on the sides and the wheels will interfere with the install. Then I snapped the lip into the factory clips and marked the ends to follow the fender arc. I cut the ends off with a dremmel using a drywall zip blade. Next I drilled a 1/4" hole on the bottom flange about 1" from the ends I cut and zip tied the ends to the chassis of the car to pull them in so they don't poke out and look goofy. Once I was happy with the fit I got underneath and drilled 5 holes through the lip and valance flange and bolted it up tight. This method looked pretty good, the only problem I have is that it does not sit perfectly flush against the valance because the lip material is too thick to seat all the way into the factory clips. I'm pulling it back off and thinning out the mounting flange on the lip to go all the way into the clips for a more flush fit.
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Re: stripping her down for some lovin'

Postby M20_fever » Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:22 pm

pics!

Stripping the massive 7 lbs of foam off my carpet.
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You can see the filler foam they used to fill where the rear HVAC vents would have gone.

Here are a couple pics of the fuel tank vent tube that for some reason has completely rusted where it goes through the rear fire wall, should be fun to fix.
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and where it comes through into the rear wheels well. I already have a replacement cover, but there may be some metal I need to replace other than just that cover.
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Bad floor pan with tar removed. It looks like they primed the chassis them put the tar down, then painted the chassis, notice the primer where ever the tar was.
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cut that rust out!
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two of the 3 patches welded in. One of the patches exposed the frame rail so I had to start welding at one side and hammer the patch down then weld some more. This allowed me to form the patch to the contour of the chassis and make sure it contacts the frame rail so I can run a bead underneath to reattach the floor to the frame rail.
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Here you can see the patch in the corner where the jack plate used to be, I need to pull that fender to get full access and get all the rust out.
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I should have the last patch done this upcoming weekend, then I need to fix the vent tube and I can put the interior back together.

Does anyone have any experience changing the carpet color to black? Any dye suggestions? I have heard about a water based dye you shoot through a paint gun, but haven't found much DIY info. I also need to address the head liner, I would like that to be vlack also but it's sagging in a couple places so I'm still figuring out how to handle it.
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