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Old 09-18-2008, 09:40 AM
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Rear window frame rust, windsheild rust

I'm guessing any competent body shop can fix this up, but me not being real competent, is it something I can do? Is this a job for cutting and rewelding or fiberglass? It won't be seen as it should be under some rubber and chrome strip's when all is said and done.



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There is a process(can't recall the name of it) where molten metal is sprayed on for repair of the window chanels.

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Don't know the type of vehicle, but for some you can by replacement panels. Whatever, it should be cut out........it may not show now, but rest never sleeps.....it'll show up soon. I'm sure competent shops can fabricate replcaement metal for that.
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The vehicle is a 1965 Impala. I haven't been able to find a replacement part from a catalog yet. I haven't started searching used yet.
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You might call someone like Impala Bob's..........and see what they have or suggest.
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Hi

If you want to fix this "right" the car should first be bead or soda blasted to reveal the amount of good metal you have left to work with. The other option is the chemical "acid dip" (which I did) because my car was a rusted out basket case.

Once you can see what you have left to work with, you will need to cut out the rusted areas and weld in new metal. In the rear window area its usually done by replacing the "deck filler panel" which includes the window channel. In the front, (at least for the GM A-body) you can get a front window channel patch. If none exist for the impala you could easily make one from several smaller individual sections welded together. Start at one end by using a shrinker/stretcher for the curved areas and continue to the other side.

The photo of the rear channel you posted is a little blurry. If you find that after blasting the panel is strong, besides the areas with the small holes, just cut enough metal out of the rusted areas to get a solid weld (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch past the rusted area) use a small piece of sheet metal to fill in the hole by butt-welding it into the hole so its flush. Just take your time and if remember you can always cut it out and start over.


Here are a couple of pics of what I did on the rear channel of my 66 chevelle to fix the same problem. Whatever you do, dont bondo over the rust.. it will bubble through the new paint in less than a year!!


before
http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...cat/500/page/1

after
http://www.hotrodders.com/gallery/sh...cat/500/page/1
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