Today the Petrolhead will run you through the steps to doing a little rust repair on an old car. This is the Corolla I bought my daughter so she could learn to drive a manual. I spotted the car in a drive way with a for sale sign and decided to buy it.
It had a very high mileage on an original 1300cc motor. Not much power but absolutely great fun to drive.
The car was basically sound with a few minor mechanical issues which we fixed for about $150. I also needed to repair the rust in the boot and boot lid. This is a pictorial diary of what steps I took.
First Things First
The first thing to do is clean the car and then empty the boot.
Next Step Patch
The next step is now the actual repair work. I used fibreglass and aluminium sheeting to patch the holes and this was a very successful mixture.
The Aluminium gave structural strength back to the boot rim and the fibreglass sticks the whole lot together.
The red area is a finishing compound – it sands easily and gives a smooth finish.
Ready now to start the paint.
On With the Paint
Lights Camera Action
Put the lights and boot back on and we are ready to go!
Cost = about $50. Not to mention my time!
But that’s what Petrolhead Dads do!
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