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1996 monte carlo frame rust repair

02-27-2009, 01:11 PM
i have a 1996 monte carlo that has rust around a bracket in front of the rear tire on the frame it seems solid and we were just going to cut the rust out and weld in a patch. is this ok to do? its not being done by a professional shop and i don't know anything about welding the frame.

02-27-2009, 02:46 PM
Welcome to AF. You don't know anything about welding a frame!?, not a good sign here, get a pro to look at this for you first.

02-27-2009, 03:16 PM
i won't be the person fixing the car i just own it i can get pics of the spot if that helps

02-27-2009, 03:55 PM\
passenger side

02-27-2009, 03:58 PM 1 and 2 are passenger side pic 3 4 and 5 are drivers and pic 6 is the part from behind but not a pic of my car

Blue Bowtie
02-28-2009, 09:43 AM
Sadly, that one is going to require a substantial amount of work to repair. The floor section in that area would need reinforcement (requiring removal of the interior in that area), and a new LCA bracket would need to be fabricated and installed. Location of the bracket is critical. If the Monte was rear wheel drive, the LCA and probably the floor would already be gone.

Even worse, the other side of the car is likely the same, and the rest of the floor doesn't appear to be too promising, either. Gotta love salt.

That's a prime example of why I wash the underside of all my daily drivers at least monthly during winter, and spend some "quality" time every spring or summer under them, repairing rust and coating bare areas. Even that is only a delay of the inevitable, which is why several of mine simply sit idle in the garage all winter long, waiting until after the first good rains wash the salt and grit off the roads.

02-28-2009, 06:02 PM
the car doesn't look as bad in person and it's wet which also makes it look worse the other part you can see isn't the floor it's the gas tank and that would be replaced to

Blue Bowtie
03-01-2009, 10:56 AM
I understand that the lower piece is the fuel tank, but the floor above and forward of the tank appears to be getting involved as well.

I was not trying to be discouraging, only realistic. It can be repaired, but will require significant work to get it right. You're not going to be able to simply bolt on some pieces and spray it with some sealer. There will be cutting, forming, and welding in a critical structural area.

03-01-2009, 08:15 PM
i was thinking i was going to have to do that do you think i could do something similar to this The dreaded Unibody Repair...Trailing Arm ( - Automotive Forums .com Car Chat (

j cAT
03-02-2009, 09:39 AM
Welcome to AF. You don't know anything about welding a frame!?, not a good sign here, get a pro to look at this for you first.

I agree...YOU are not gonna fix this....a body/frame shop is required...

get an estimate then ...find another vehicle....too much rust...too much to repair and for how long before another section rots off..
the rust belt is not good for unprotected metal..

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