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In furtherance to my intro post "greetings", in reference to a 2005 taurus se, well I finally got the car home. Its in the garage, up on blocks, and i want to tell you, it will be a major undertaking to resurrect this poor thing. But try i will.
What did I do...... To date, I have the interior out, front clip off, the exhaust laying on the floor, the motor supported by block and chain from rafters with the front subframe sitting outside. Today i disconnected the gas lines and electrical from the tank. Tomorrow i will remove the tank and lines, that will give me clear sailing to go at the undercarriage with the air chisel.
What did I find...... unbelievable that a 9 yr old car could be so rust riddled. Passenger side control arm front bolt completely rotted away from frame. The drivers side is just about ready to break away. The good news is that the body mounts are still solid, making a replacement frame feasible. Sadly though the passenger floor front and back are rotted out,including the body frame rail. the rockers are rotted, the inner fender around the strut housing rotted through and the list will go on. Cheers for now.Attachment 82849

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That's way to extensive for it's age. However if the car parked most of the time in grass, that could explain the excessive rusting. Not to mention if it's wasn't driven much. Before my grandfather passed away he bough brand new a 2000 chev S-10 4 wheel drive. He kept it for 5 years and only had put 20,000km on it. I looked it over thinking it would be a good truck for me to buy as he couldn't drive no more. It looked excellent shape from above, looked at the frame and everything underneath and it was that rusted the heads of the bolts for the brake calipers were rusted to the point you wouldn't get a socked on it. Not to mention the frame was heavily scaled, brake lines were going to need replacing, just way too much work to put into it.


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Well after days of removing scale, I decided there was enough solid metal left(structural and alignment integrity intact) to weld new metal to. So the project is a go.. Being retired, it will keep me busy hehe.
Its always been my policy to tackle the worse first, so the passenger side it is. After cutting the rust out from passenger floor and unibody frame rail, I found that the subframe mount needed a little attention. Finished that, sorry pics didnt turn out, then moved on to the floor. I need a piece about a foot long to fix frame rail. I will take the piece I cut out, into a shop and have it made. The floors are constructed in sections, overlaid and spot welded, i assume for added strength. Today I roughly fabbed the 1st section of floor pan and tacked It in place. The old eyes and body refused to do anymore lol. Tomorrow, i will hammer and tack until I get the fit i want. Cheers.2005 taurus the rust bucket-use2.jpg

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Today I finished up with the passenger front floor(patching). My plan, once i get it cleaned up is to treat it with metal prep(a rust converter) then coat it with por15( an excellent paint over rust finish).By the way I found a good sub frame for 200 bills. thought it was a good deal. cheers.

Oh yeah, i included before and after pics of a 75 jeep cj5 (just for giggles for those interested) that i found rotting away in a field. It is a frame off restore(rust damage was way worse than the taurus)2005 taurus the rust bucket-1-use.jpg

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Got a late start today(errands), worked on the car from noon to 330. Cut the rust from the rear passenger floor pan, pretty much all of it lol, got it ready for a new piece. Took measurements, and with a few bends and cuts in a piece of sheet metal, came up with a rough replacement pan. Got it tacked in for now, will finish it up tomorrow. Appears i'm out of seam sealer, another trip to town haha. Hope to get started on the drivers side tomorrow. 2005 taurus the rust bucket-pict0064.jpg

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Lookin good! Keep up the great work.

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