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I have come to rely on my new friends here @zcar.com, and I have come to a point of dilemmathat I must ask opinion on.

I have a 79 ZX that I have owned for soe time now, you may already know that I recently resurrected it from the garage after a 3 year hiatus. no major mechanical problems, but.......
I had originally garaged it for a small wreck I had which damaged the front passenger area of the car, and I never came back for it until a few weeks ago. I have been driving it for roughly a month, and it is indeed a trooper, as it just passed the 200K mile marker, and is still very strong. I started tonight at removing body panels, and beginning the body work needed, as I was under the vehicle, I shined the flashlight past where the front valance used to be, and caught sight of a frightening thing. The passenger side framerail is rotted horribly from the firewall all the way back, to the point that the metal is literally peeling in places. The driver's side doesn't look that bad.

Now, The question that is obvious. do I bother? I love the car, but It is not monetarily worth the amount it will take to fix it.


any encouragement, or advice will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Bad rail beams are common in Z's at least all the ones i have looked at mine has the problem, what i am going to do is have my dad's friend take his welding torch and cut out the bottom half of the I_I so it looks like this I I them i am going to get C or U channel and bolt and wled it on to the I I giving me a new I_I fram rail, it going cost me like $200 to do the whole thing. I would say its well worth it. go to the local high school, most schools do body work and the only thing you have to pay for is parts not labor, and they have to tools to do it.

Let me know what you get for a deal from them, but goto a high school and check out what it would cost for them to do it.

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if the only damage is to the frame rails then i would say go for it. If there is any more I would start over, espically with the body damage.
 
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