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Beater status update: Body work

As many of you know I drive a beater Ford Taurus. We’ve bonded and I love it so I don’t want to hear any of your nonsense about it being crappy or boring.

The car has over 200k miles and is mostly mechanically sound but there are some rust issues I was hoping to stop before it became an issue.

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This wheel well was pretty good just a quick sand and a lick of paint. Behold my shiny sway bar link!

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This side was bad so I cut out a big chunk of the rusty stuff.

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Cut a chunk out of an old sign I had. This is test fitting.

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Cleaned it up and drilled a bunch of holes. I filled the holes with silicone and the edges of my cut as there are two layers back here. The two layers also hindered me from pounding out my big dent but I did make an improvement there.

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Painted behind it and riveted it in place.

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Complete! You can hardly even tell it is there.

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