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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:42 am    Post subject: Rust problems on my new MR2 Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Hi everyone,
ever since I was a teenager I wanted an MR2 and after finally being in a situation where it's not such a bad idea I decided to buy one yesterday. I drove it straight to the MOT station (only legal way to drive it home really) and found that the sills are quite rotten and the chassis that hold the front bumper on is totally rotten through. I of course expected some work, but I guess naively I thought it wouldnt be so bad.


I dont have forum permissions to post pictures yet unfortunately. The area effected is the part of the chassis sticking out from the frunk, that holds the radiator on and the bumper. The left side looks pretty good from what I can see underneath, but there is hardly anything left of the right side bottom part.


I'm not too worried about the sills as I can get new ones and weld them in, although where they join to the chassis is also rusty. What worries me is attempting to weld in a replacement front chasis area. I have some experience welding with my cheap £100 ish gassless MIG, but i'm no pro.
Do you guys think it would be feasible for me to buy a replacement off a scrap car and weld it in myself? Are there even any rules against doing so for the MOT?

I will try and get some actually pictures once I get the bumper off. Already spent a few hours fighting rusted bolts.

Any help is appreciated [Smile]
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Welcome [Smile]

Whatever you do, don't get the car towed or recovered by a breakdown company. First thing they'll do is try and pull it by the front towing eye which will pull the entire front end off - I've watched this happen and it's not pretty.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

you may find that the car you get parts from is better than the one you have - it could work out cheaper to find a less rusty car and sell the one you currently have.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Hello & welcome

do more posts, to get to the amount to allow you to post [Wink]

so describe it for us colour etc then when you can post pics folks can come back with some more help

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Thanks guys, will try and make a few posts later so I can post pictures.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

so where are you based?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

I'm in South Wales, near Abergavenny.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

And the car is white [Wink]
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Did you not check underneath before buying?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

markstevieandmads wrote:
Did you not check underneath before buying?

I did have a look, but didnt jack it up or anything to have a proper dig into it. It's quite hard to see without getting it up on a ramp. Really should have been more thorough though...
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

So spent another few hours trying to get some of the bumper off for a better look but it's proving a lot trickier than I expected. Almost have all the bolts off now, just got to remove a screw that was already stripped on the grill.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Oh and I also had a better look at the sills. It's not actually as bad as I remember in the MOT. The worst part is the lip where it joins the chasis.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

I took some photos of the rust. i'll post them once I get enough posts.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Only need 2 more posts! Did i mention the car is a t-bar?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Last post and I can put some pictures up [Smile]
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Hmm still think I need more posts....
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Does anyone know how many posts I need to put pictures up?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Thought it was 10
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

i think it was 10 for me. it may take a while for the forum to realise you've gone over 10 posts.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Reply with quote including images

Pretty sure it's 15.
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