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Old 04-30-2011, 10:23 AM
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Rust in Wheel Wells - Suggestions?

Fix the floor hole without issue, but need advice on these pain-in-the-rear repairs. This hole is between the driver door and the rear wheel well. Same hole, both sides.




And underneath it is right through into the body, the part I need done for a safety and roadworthy as far as the MOT is concerned.



The hole above is the pain. I can fix the outside but this part I'm not sure how to tackle. Bondo, Fibreglass, sheet metal? I suck at welding, so I'd rather not do that unless I'm absolutely forced to. Thought about fibreglassing the bottom but then the rust would just re-start as water gathers in the cavity.

Nice of them to design this part of the jeep specifically so that it is excellent at storing water all winter...

Any recommendations from anyone out there?

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I'm surprised you don't have any rust behind the front wheels near the doors, usually under the fender flares. Both places hold water, you'd think Jeep would have left a weep hole in those spots. If you are worried about passing inspection then I would weld in some decent gauge sheet metal, take off the flares and wrap it right around. Leave a drain hole.
Galvanized would last longer but its a pain to weld.

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Thanks for your reply Gary!

The floor in the driver's well under the pedals was rusted out, that's easy to fix. No rust in the front wheel wells at all.

I was hoping to avoid welding, but everyone else says the same thing. I'm 20 years out of practice though My only other option is fiberglass and then bondo but that is apparently even more of a pain.

Guess I'll grab a small welder tomorrow @ home deport or Rona. Any suggestions on that front?
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