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OK guys, help me with this one...... I have rust below the battery tray running from the frame rail up north of the battery tray, back to the firewall and forward to just behind the strut tower. Several areas of metal have rusted completely thru. Canning the car is not an option as this car is Highly modified and this is the only area that rust was overlooked or avoided when the car was painted. This car has a V8 transplanted into it, and I want to address this now, because of the obvious safety concern.

A: Does anyone sell an inner fender patch/ Replacement

B: If not, how have these areas been replaced in the past.

I'm not concerned about the battery tray as I have relocated an Optimus Battery to the rear hatch, so all I'm really concerned about is making the car whole and stable in that area. Any pointers or parts vendors would be appreciated. Tweeks, Motorsport and VB don't sell a patch kit...... I already checked.
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Yup, that area is very susceptible to rust for
some reason. I think it's because of where the
water is routed to. Plus if leaves and other
crap find their way in there, they'll hold
condensation. That area on my 83 is also rusted
I started to fix the rust by taking off the
whole front right fender. A whole plethora of
rust wholes was visible after the plastic
inner fender wall came off. Since my holes
aren't too big in one area to be dangerous.
I patched them up with very thick fiberglass.
I used the marine fiberglass that is used to
make boat bodies. You can probably buy it at
a boat shop. But by what you described, it sounds
like you'll have to get it all welded from the
inside. It would not be job for a novice, welding
is like an art. If you don't have experience,
pay someone to do it, it might be a good idea
to keep track on them to avoid being ripped off.
 

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I have the exact same problem with my '74 260, which is a Flroida car and otherwise pristine. I need the same patch panel, which to be properly installed, would have to be welded from the inside. If I find a source for this part, I will let you know.

> OK guys, help me with this one...... I have
> rust below the battery tray running from the
> frame rail up north of the battery tray,
> back to the firewall and forward to just
> behind the strut tower. Several areas of
> metal have rusted completely thru. Canning
> the car is not an option as this car is
> Highly modified and this is the only area
> that rust was overlooked or avoided when the
> car was painted. This car has a V8
> transplanted into it, and I want to address
> this now, because of the obvious safety
> A: Does anyone sell an inner fender patch/
> Replacement

> B: If not, how have these areas been
> replaced in the past.

> I'm not concerned about the battery tray as
> I have relocated an Optimus Battery to the
> rear hatch, so all I'm really concerned
> about is making the car whole and stable in
> that area. Any pointers or parts vendors
> would be appreciated. Tweeks, Motorsport and
> VB don't sell a patch kit...... I already
> checked.
> Thanks
 
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