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Old 16-06-09, 20:43   #1
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Heres the situation. I've owned my VL (non-turbo) for about two years now, and the rust I clearly should have fixed around the windshield is getting pretty bad and has started to leak. We all know the kind of thing I am talking about, but this is the bottom left (the worst part).


I got a quote at a smash repairs place in ossie park for $2000 to lift the windshield, fix the rust and re-seal it. This seems pretty costly considering it doesn't include any panels that may be needed?
I don't really care if it is just a standard cut the rust out, bog it and up spray some paint on it job, I just don't enjoy rain inside the cabin. Are there any places NOR that people like (who don't get offended if you don't want a world class job)?

The suspension has started to go too, I've been quoted for about 1500 for the front and back.

The engine is fine, and it runs on LPG.

So, I am wondering, if you guys were in my place, would you sell it and buy one in better nick, or spend the cash to get it sorted?

I should point out I am a student so money is a pretty big object to me.
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Old 16-06-09, 20:53   #2
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dig the rust out nd fill the holes wif silastic, hahaha, if the car dun mean much to you of coarse. mk serious now, alot of panel shops dont want to touch stuff like this, thats why price will always be so high.
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Old 16-06-09, 22:20   #3
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shop around for another quote, $2000 is way too high just for that, or yeah try and find another vl in mint condition, could end up saving you a lot if there is abit thats needs fixing on your car
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Old 16-06-09, 22:24   #4
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Speak to TheChad he got his done for $1000 straight. Ask him where he got it done they did a good job
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Old 16-06-09, 22:32   #5
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2000 wtf man.. nah go to another joint...
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Old 16-06-09, 22:34   #6
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for 2 grand u could by another vl in better condition
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Old 16-06-09, 23:53   #7
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I paid $2k for mine but that was front and back screens all the boot, bootlid, doors etc and under the rear quarter windows

Malaga Rust repair in Malaga, speak to Gary that should only be a few hundred dollars work.
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Old 17-06-09, 00:32   #8
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I'd just push in the rust, pour in rust converter in, fill it with fibreglass, bog over it, sand it, pack in as much silicon as I could - and hit it with a white spraypak.

Get behind the screen if you can be bothered moving the dash and do it from both sides.

To get it done properly it would probably be worth 1500 to get done right. It's a deceptive amount of work.
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Old 17-06-09, 00:43   #9
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I'd just push in the rust, pour in rust converter in, fill it with fibreglass, bog over it, sand it, pack in as much silicon as I could - and hit it with a white spraypak.

Get behind the screen if you can be bothered moving the dash and do it from both sides.

To get it done properly it would probably be worth 1500 to get done right. It's a deceptive amount of work.
lol man that sounds dodgey but i like it haha
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Old 17-06-09, 01:56   #10
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lol man that sounds dodgey but i like it haha
The only way to solve the problem is to pull the screen out and weld all new metal in. It's a big job to do properly, and as he found out, it's expensive.

If he just needs the car to be driveable, that'd fix it for a couple of years if he does it properly. Is it worth spending a grand on getting rust cut out of a $1200 car? Probably never.

"Dodgy" but a smart short term solution, as long as he is honest if he sells the car.
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Old 17-06-09, 01:59   #11
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Yeah I only spent on mine because I'm keeping the car and genuine VLCT etc etc.
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Old 17-06-09, 11:23   #12
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ya could always have a look at it and if its not too bad cut it and liquid steel a replacement piece in; u know that black putty u roll together then sets like steel; used it b4 and worked.
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Old 17-06-09, 22:01   #13
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hey man try aero paint at jandakot airport they do cashies all depends on how much you wanna pay for what you want it would be under a grand
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Old 18-06-09, 11:56   #14
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Thanks for the replies guys, I will have to see what I want to do. I would do it myself, however replacing the windsheild seems a little tricky to do well (and there is no point if it still leaks everywhere).

Whats the going rate for a clean non-turbo around here? The forums seem to have little on them at the moment for WA.
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Old 18-06-09, 12:05   #15
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My windscreen cracked when I drove over a bump and my insurance policy covered the replacement free of charge (most full cover do), so I got the rust done while the screen was out which made it a lot cheaper. That may work for you if your screen accidently cracked…
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