Flintstone Foxbody

rotorhead22

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Finally took out the old carpet which I discovered it was totally soaked on drivers side after the constant rain we’ve been having here in Tampa. I only found one hole so I got lucky . There’s water draining from under the dash on the far left side. I took off the cowl cover and vacuumed it out and poured water in however it didn’t go inside. Last night it downpoured pretty heavily and it drained in from that corner so I’m guessing it is the windshield area under the trim.
 

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90sickfox

Wasn't a pretty sight...and I've got big hands
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Up here the cars rust from the bottom up. Down there everyone says they rust from the top down. These cars are getting old and rust is really common now.
 

Rdub6

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Up here in the Northeast, I think they rust from the top down, AND the bottom up. Luckily most of the survivors these days are kept in the garage.
 

eighty5fox

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My car was originally a Florida car I found heavy rot on the side of the cowl panel over the door hinge. Upon research at the time i found all cars were from down south rot in that area. Attached is a pic of what I found after cutting and removing some of the panel to the side of the cowl.
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manicmechanic007

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I used to do the 600.00 - 1000.00 undercoating and rustproofing that the dealers try to sell you
In my opinion
The inner panel protection is the most important
Used to spray the wax stuff in every little hole
Hoods, Door panels, Trunk, Cowl Everywhere
It is a yellowish goo
Look for it when shopping for a car
They (Ford) used to do it to all cars
My 69 has it in the doors thick and the inner fenders and cowl, trunk etc.
BTW we used to fix cowl water leaks into the vehicle with the stuff
 

alutwon

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My car was originally a Florida car I found heavy rot on the side of the cowl panel over the door hinge. Upon research at the time i found all cars were from down south rot in that area. Attached is a pic of what I found after cutting and removing some of the panel to the side of the cowl.
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oh that's funny, mine had a rust hole on the driver's side in the same area and it's a Florida car. sorta glad I'm not the only one.
 

manicmechanic007

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Hawaii, up north Wisconsin Utah ARRRGGHH
Been dealing with and fixing rust most of my life
Arizona, some parts of California, the dry parts of Texas and the desert south west are where you will find rust free cars
You will be a master of mig or tig by the time you have it all fixed
The new panels you need should be obtainable
You really need access to a bender and to make your own panels
You could take a body class at a local college and use their expertise tools and materials
Rust in that area is so common, the old ones too, mine has all been fixed
Forty years later
 

manicmechanic007

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Back in the old days it was a whole lot easier
You could find a hood or trunk lid off an old merc or caddy
I used to take an air zipper to the hoods before taking piles to the junkyard
I would save some big pieces of heavy thick sheet metal
We used to make socket holders and battery boxes, stuff like that out of it
Those cars are so hard to find now
If I ever get the chance again I will strip the beast of sheet metal