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Posted by badgoose, May 25, 2016

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  1. badgoose

    badgoose Probationary Member

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    I have been looking for threads and forums and I found contradicting information. I was wondering if it is possible to take the body off of a 1995 eclipse gst. I seen a thread somewhere where a guy did it and I can't find it again. Then I come across a thread on dsm talk forum and a guy said the body is an on frame setup and can't be taken off. The reason I'm curious is: is there a way to take the body off to be able to clean up the entire frame?
     

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  2. Dsmkauai

    Dsmkauai Proven Member

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    Not any easy way. It's a unibody so the frame and body are pretty much one piece for the most part. It would take a lot of cutting/drilling, and then welding. Why are you worried about the Frame so much? You can easily clean and coat what is exposed by putting the car on a lift. How I did my gst and gvr4.
     
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  3. badgoose

    badgoose Probationary Member

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    Well I have been looking for a good project and I mentioned in an earlier post I found a car that would be an excel any project. It's missing the engine and tranny and clutch master cylinder. It has also been sitting in a ford for awhile. Exact time is unknown. The guy also mention he said the carbon fiber hood is separating so it'll need a new hood. I haven't yet been able to see pictures I will when I see him again. I was thinking I could check out the frame and if rust hasn't gone thru the frame then I can sand it off and re seal it with some por 15 or something that can give me several years of rust free worry. So pretty much it sounds like i just need to strip the car down and roll it over and clean up any rust and or repair it and then put it back together

    It also may not have any rust but since it's been in a field for awhile then I'm banking it is I just hope the strut towers are good to go
     
  4. tametalon92

    tametalon92 Proven Member

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    Dsmkauai is right. Unibody, and 2gs are notorious for rust under the side skirts and front shock towers. Inspect closely before you buy. If it's not rotten, you can strip it down and build a cheap rotisserie to flip the car on its side, making it very easy to work on.

    There's a build on here that someone did a rotisserie with 2x4s, seems to have worked pretty well, and a stripped chassis would be fairly light.

    IF you need to go that far, do it right. If its fairly clean, do as dmskauai said and just spend a few hours with it on jack stands wire-wheeling, scraping and sanding, then por-15 and under-coat it.
     
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  5. badgoose

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    So their main rust points are strut towers and side skirts. Which side skirts can be replaced, strut towers is a whole new ball game. I will definitely check it out I remember seeing that thread where he had it flipped up on the side to clean up the rust it maybe something I may do to clean it up if it isn't that bad. I will definitely look it up if the pictures are worth driving to get it.
     
  6. PlanZero

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    He said under side skirts, meaning the rocker panels. They develop rust holes, usually by the rear jack point and inside the back wheel well. You will have to cut out the entire rocker and weld a new one in, or try to cut and patch.
     
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  7. TalonHermit

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    I see you're in Kentucky. Im in Carbondale Il, but if you are interested in traveling to STL there are quite a few shells ive looked at with little to know rust i think a gst a gsx and a tsi on craigslit. and there is also an older one if you are looking for a 1g. if that first one youre looking at doesnt work out

    there is also this nice write up if you need to fix them if they are bad http://www.dsmtuners.com/threads/fixing-rusted-out-strut-towers.388340/
     
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  8. badgoose

    badgoose Probationary Member

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    Ill check it out for the gsx shell

    Oh ok gotcha that still don't seem that bad
     
  9. pauleyman

    pauleyman DSM Wiseman

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    I would travel several states for a rust free car before I did that. these cars aren't rare. I see no reason to start a project that large since you can just find another car. even if you had to have it shipped 1000$ would be money we spent rather than potentially 100 of hours of work.
    if we were talking some rare numbers matching muscle car that's different.
     
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  10. badgoose

    badgoose Probationary Member

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    I get that but call me crazy LOL, I think it would be fun and yes I'm serious. Hopefully it's not bad. I checked out the craigslist and seen a lot in surrounding areas as well.
     

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