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OK , you want before , during and after pics...here they are . per request I will do a bit of commentary too.
We will start with the right quarter panel . It had some pretty severe surface rust . I used my spot blaster to sandblast it back to white metal did some polyester glazing putty work and then primed it . Included is a shot of the area after paint,





Next lets go into the liftgate.. it had severe rust through issues . Debated on welding in a patch , but on a trip to my local salvage yard found a really nice one with nearly no rust. only problem...It's red. We can take care of that and the couple of dinks that were on the outside.





you can see the liftgate in this pic


Lets see, next lets talk about the rocker panels . These require removal of the doors.


Now let's see how bad they are.






OK... looks pretty bad . Time to cut out rust and treat the rocker backer panel with a rust convertor .


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This is the replacement rocker , kind of generic and universal but it will work with some mods .

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Wont bore you with welding pics but here are some shots of the rocker welded in and also ground back for plastic work





you may have noticed all the holes drilled in the replacement panel. Those are for plug welds they replace the factory style spot welds . basicly you weld inside the hole to the rocker backer panel which will attach new panel to vehicle . you then grind them flush and do a lil' glaze work .



Well it's welded in , time to prime and paint .



I will get some better pics of rockers when i put the doors back on. Will also update this thread as I move along . I have a long but shallow dent on the right quarter panel and misc dents on the doors , mainly from other car doors hitting them...you know..door dents. pretty easy stuff. The hood and right fender are off right now . More pics and commentary to come..stay tuned . Feel free to ask questions or comment..ty Ken
 

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Damn, you guys do really really good work.

So I'm guessing this truck sat in some water?
Or is that damage from road salt?

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Damn, you guys do really really good work.

So I'm guessing this truck sat in some water?
Or is that damage from road salt?

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LOL when you say you guys you mean me...I do not have any help..Owner/Operator had one of my girlfriends relatives boy help for a few weeks over summer..but he's not with me anymore . I live in iowa which is in what we call the RUSTBELT.. in Iowa we do not do restorations we do rustorations ...no joke . In fact I wont do any old cars that are from Iowa any more . I have reached the point in my carreer where I can pick and choose somewhat.
Ty for the compliments though , I do apreciate them. :blink1:
 

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What year Durango? Must have very low miles to bother fixing it.
 

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Wow looks great! seeing that you do it yourself it must take some time! That rust looks about the worst I seen

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1998 . The fella is a great customer of mine and received the truck for free from a relative . Unlike the look of it...it runs REALLY well and does have lower miles and since it was free that makes it worth fixing . I'm putting hood scoops and some mopar type stripes on the hood and fenders. Should look nice.
 

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LOL when you say you guys you mean me...I do not have any help..Owner/Operator had one of my girlfriends relatives boy help for a few weeks over summer..but he's not with me anymore . I live in iowa which is in what we call the RUSTBELT.. in Iowa we do not do restorations we do rustorations ...no joke . In fact I wont do any old cars that are from Iowa any more . I have reached the point in my carreer where I can pick and choose somewhat.
Ty for the compliments though , I do apreciate them. :blink1:
Dang, You do it all by yourself?
Even more props!

You can always use photos like this to make a portfolio, you do amazing work, if I lived near you and need body work or anything done is take my car to you.



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Wow looks great! seeing that you do it yourself it must take some time! That rust looks about the worst I seen

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Yes it is bad. Does take a fair amount of time...been doing this for 30 years as of 2012 . Kind of second nature now , have been told I make this stuff look easy by people that have wanted to learn how to do bodywork . Had a 2 year contract teaching at the local trade college but at end of contract the state budget was low and they could not fund the program any longer :sad2:
Too bad ..I REALLY enjoyed teaching the students what had taken me years to learn.
In the shop , my tendancy is to work on at least 3 cars at a time. Bodywork is alot of hurry up and wait . You know spray primer n' wait...lay down some glaze n' wait...spray some clear n' wait ..seeing a pattern? I fill in the wait time by working on other cars. Works out pretty well. Not to mention if a car pisses me off i can go work on something else:nahnah
 

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My Mitsubishi is starting to rust now but it has 382,510KMs. I spot touch-up here and there, but soon I won't be able to keep up. And with the high miles I may not want too.

It just seems like a lot of effort to me, to rustore a Dodge. To each his own I guess.

How's the Cobalt coming along?
 

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Well thats it for tonight guys..gotta finish up my cherry jam and get some dinner going for the family. Take care all . I will get more pics next week. cya.

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My Mitsubishi is starting to rust now but it has 382,510KMs. I spot touch-up here and there, but soon I won't be able to keep up. And with the high miles I may not want too.

It just seems like a lot of effort to me, to rustore a Dodge. To each his own I guess.

How's the Cobalt coming along?
Paychecks a paycheck right? (your talking like a Iowian coby..rustore) :bigsmile: Cobalt is doing awesome.. Robin loves it . 382k miles holy cow WOW!!
 

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We never saw the finished product!!!
 

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Still have to pinstripe it...let me get that done I will shoot some pics of it ...nothing fancy though. It's just a stock sedan with 6k on it. Rides like new and still smells new inside
 
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