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Just a thought for you guys. How much of that rust do you think is from constantly tracking in wet salt slop from boots with no floor mats to catch the nasty?

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Today after finishing up on the rear passenger floor, I moved on over to drivers front floor pan. Got most of the rust cut away. I cut further up on the firewall than I had to because i wanted to see what was going on with the subframe body mount. Its all good. Just need to prep it with rust converter and treat it with por15. For those who experience stripped bolts when replacing frame bushings, its the square housing you can see over the nut that rusts away. The only way I can see to address this issue is to cut the floor to allow access for a wrench. It was extremely cold today which had an adverse affect on my air tools hence slowing me down some lol. Tomorrow i hope to have the drivers front finished. Thanks people for the kind words and yes i would say that crud from our feet have a whole lot to do with rot. cheers.

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A little update. Finished the drivers side subframe body mount. Got to give it a couple of days to dry before I weld in new floor pan. So I decided to cut off the passenger side rocker panel. There is a middle panel that ties in between the inner floor wall and rocker panel, to enhance the structural strength no doubt. This needs rebuilt before i can tack rocker in place. Didn't get to the carThe last 3 days. they spent plowing out my driveway. Noooo, the driveway is not 3 days large haha. The switch for the blade gave up the ghost. good riddance to it. I spent the last 2 days reconfiguring a better switch setup. Ended up wiring a low current toggle switch to 2 relays gained together to achieve reverse polarity for the winch. The relays are rated for 40 amps so not sure how the contacts will hold up against the heavy current draw of winch. Sorry if im boring you, hehe, and no pics. Will have a few next post. cheers.
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Just a thought for you guys. How much of that rust do you think is from constantly tracking in wet salt slop from boots with no floor mats to catch the nasty?

I think your repairs look awesome.


That is why I have a set of floor liners in the front of my Taurus and I put a set in my '91 silverado after having it completely done over a 1.5 years ago and I put a set in my camry I bought last summer, even though it's not winter driven. It really helps in keeping the carpets dry and prevents staining.


EDIT: Again, great job at fixing the floor and rockers!


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electroguy75, how many miles are on that bull? I mean if its a low mileage 2005 then it would be worth it all that work.
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It only has 54,000 miles, so it's worth it.

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54,000 miles, yes def worth it. With proper maintenance that car will go awhile. I'm at 170,000 miles with the original tranny. Yes the taurus needs work but hey, its a cheap car to run.
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electroguy75, how many miles are on that bull? I mean if its a low mileage 2005 then it would be worth it all that work.
Falcon nailed it, thks for watching my back my friend. I will give u a quick history
on it. It,was female driven, the wife of the mayor of a town here in Nova Scotia, and obviously not driven a whole lot. Saw it on kijiji for 500, called told them i have their money im buying it site unseen. I tend to do those silly things, drives the wife nuts( but this is for her so alls good lol). Add stated bad front subfame and wasnt drivable, hence the low price. found a subframe for 200, didnt pick it up yet, no hurry lots to do. HAHA
So to wrap things up, when u consider shop cost( cut off wheels, mig wire and such), I should have a rock solid(Ihope) bull with 54000 miles on the clock, on the road for under a grand. I dont think thats too shabby. Im retired so time is of no issue, as well I have lots of metal laying around so no cost there. It will be a lot of work, but i love doing it, so we will look on it as a 'labor of love' instead of 'work'. Thks for ur interest. cheers
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Finally, got to work on the bull today. this pic shows before,2005 taurus the rust bucket-use1.jpg. from right to left, rusted inner wall, middle wall, and if u look close u can see the edge where I cut the rocker off. Heres a side pic,u can see the new rocker under the car.2005 taurus the rust bucket-use2.jpg. Heres a pic showing the rust cut from the inner wall and a piece of metal 41 inches long 2 inches wide welded in2005 taurus the rust bucket-use3.jpg. That gives me a solid base for welding middle wall and bottom of rocker to. The final pic shows the inner wheel well. The dark spots are where I welded in patches. the rest is surface rust. I will wire wheel it, use rust converter, then coat it with por15. Cheers
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