"Holy Sheetmetal, Batman!" :eek2:
I can't imagine trying to fix that much rust. I'd even be afraid to drive it thinking if somebody hit me, it'd just explode in a cloud of red dust leaving no protection for me! I would suggest you use that chassis for parts. It may be hard to find a rust-free Supra in Indiana, but seriously, you could fly to the dry southwest, buy a relatively rust-free Supra and drive it back for $1500 total cost or even less probably, much cheaper than a body shop will charge you to cut and weld a new Supra almost from scratch.
I know there really isn't a way to fix it for good I just want some idea's of the best way to patch it to get me buy. I figured in a couple of years I would look for one with a good body and use this for a parts car.
You could fix it, but its a ton of work. To do it right you need to either find a car with those panels that are in good condition or buy it all new from Toyota if its still available. You need to drill out the spot welds and chisel out all the panels and then weld the new ones in. You're much better to come out here and buy a MkII. I've never seen rust like that on MkIIs out here. The 1st couple of photos is the hardest to fix. More than likely with holes like that the entire rocker is severally rusted. Bondo is not a fix for this, all its going to do is plug the hole. My personal opinion is that the car should go to the scrapyard.
My car spent the first half of it's life in Alaska... it doesn't even HAVE quarter panels anymore, but it's still got a tad less rust than yours
You could try sanding some with an emry cloth, then getting some of that rust-o-kill (not the real name) stuff. It's a spraypaint that supposedly bonds to the rust and inhibits it's spread. You can find it in the back ads of most car mags out there. For those big holes, I dunno. You could try using some of that expanding spray foam, or that metal tape you find at pepboys.
None of these solutions will protect you in an accident, but they might give you the time you need till you find a new MKII that the years have been kinder to...
It's had some work done to it a few years back and it's startin' to show it's age again. If I had the motivation, I'd properly restore the car but I'm wanting something a little newer now and don't really have the time/money to fix this one up.
Definately think seriously about getting another car Jason.
I take this one is still stripped and your not driving it. Good !!
It looks real bad right now and you havent even taken a grinder to it yet.
The money you'd spend on fiberglass, bondo and time would easily get you another. ( You'd almost think I was talking about my wife )
Ah, that looks like my Celica...but I think I still got you beat.
You mentioned you were only looking for a way to get you by for a year or so. Your best bet would be to knock off the heavy rust (wire brush or similar), hit it with a rust paint (Rustoleum automotive..not the greatest but fine for temp.) then lay on a heavy fiberglass cloth. A few layers of cloth should keep out any moisture. The rust will continue but atleast you'll slow it's path and create a barrier from the water.
I just striped the backend out of it lastnight I have been driving the car off and on I just droped a 6m in it. The car is in good shape except for the rust the interior is really nice still and it drives good. these holes are the only thing keeping me from driving it all the time because it gets alot of water in it when it rains once I can get this patched up it will be my full time driver.
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I don't think I'll get much more than $1200 out of it. It's been a reliable car and I'm familiar with it so I hate to let go, but it just blows in the snow. And I'm ready for something newer. I'm currently looking for a car, so if I decide to get a new one it'll be goin' in the trader