Poor ol' wagon

TheWagoon

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So it's been basically a pretty boring year. So I decided I should start Looking at my wagon better.
I went to a shop to a see shop too see where my Brake fluid was leaking and Found out that it was
just the rear line but I also found out that My rear frame rails are rotted and there is far more rust than
I thought. I guess being far too excited about finding a Gbody wagon made me overlook the body and
to trust the previous dime knobs. So I have decided to try and sell her but so far no one has made me an offer.
Just wondering if there is anyone on here near me that would be interested in buying her.
I live in Canada, BC, Penticton an hour away from Kelowna. Really wish I had the room and skill to fix them.
 

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Don't worry too much about that. Mine on the driver's side is worse than that. It's not load bearing as far as carrying the weight of the body goes, since the other body mounts carry the majority of it.

HOWEVER! You and I are not out of luck! There's a guy out there who fabricates new frame rail kits. I'm not sure if he still does these or not, but even if he doesn't, a talented body shop can fabricate them as well.

https://gbodyforum.com/threads/wagon-frame-under-2-door-malibu.33609/
 

TURNA

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Doesn't look that bad.

Just looks like you can weld in some flat steel sheet metal for the mounts.

And the rail can be repaired or replaced
 
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As far as finding somebody to buy it, you may have some good luck here, but honestly the frame rot you're seeing there in just the tail section isn't that bad. Look over the rest of it thoroughly and take some pictures. If this was the worst you could find, you're in pretty good shape! Like TURNA said, you can weld some flat bar in there, or a body shop can do it if you don't have the equipment to do it for probably a fairly reasonable price.
 
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As far as finding somebody to buy it, you may have some good luck here, but honestly the frame rot you're seeing there is just the tail section isn't that bad. Look over the rest of it thoroughly and take some pictures. If this was the worst you could find, you're in pretty good shape! Like TURNA said, you can weld some flat bar in there, or a body shop can do it if you don't have the equipment to do it for probably a fairly reasonable price.
I'd love to be able to fix my wagon but I do not have enough income nor skill :( I feel wronged about buying it and not being told about the rust problems. So far in my Province, I have had 30 people ask about, 5 come and see it, and 2 who say they are very very interested but can't buy it cause of not in town or they have to sell a different vehicle first. I love it so much as it's actually a "full" size wagon.
 
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I'd love to be able to fix my wagon but I do not have enough income nor skill :( I feel wronged about buying it and not being told about the rust problems. So far in my Province, I have had 30 people ask about, 5 come and see it, and 2 who say they are very very interested but can't buy it cause of not in town or they have to sell a different vehicle first. I love it so much as it's actually a "full" size wagon.
Right, but you've got a 30+ year old car... think about it this way: the amount of rust you've got isn't bad considering how old it is, AND it's not even that bad! Is the rust worse anywhere else that you haven't shown us pictures of?
 
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I'm dying for a wagon and your issue is a weekend fix. If it's a Cutlass Cruiser I'll look into the price of plane ticket - does it run :):)

Edit - OP - I'm not kidding ^^^^
 
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