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RE: (ET) Pop-rivets, body rot
- Subject: RE: (ET) Pop-rivets, body rot
- From: "Elie, Larry (L.D.)" <lelie ford com>
- Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 12:29:57 -0400
- Sender: owner-elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu
Others have had good suggestions, but my repair was 'cheap-n-dirty'.
I bought inexpensive angle at the hardware. I drilled through the
rusted sheet at the bottom, and screwed the sheet to angle. Make
sure no screws will hit the batteries of course. I cleaned the
areas inside and out, and re-placed the battery tray. I repaired
the tray with Bond-O. I repaired the outside of the sheet metal
with Bond-O. I repainted with "Old Caterpillar Yellow" from a farm
supply. I also made a similar angle fix to the seat hinge. It
looks fine. This was 5 years ago; I do inspect for rust.
From: Humphrey, Timothy [mailto:HumphreyT neads ang af mil]
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 8:30 AM
To: elec-trak cosmos5 phy tufts edu
Subject: RE: (ET) Pop-rivets, body rot
> At 03:37 PM 4/10/00 -0400, Allan wrote:
> > Also, it looks like the
> >box is rusting out from the inside, probably due to battery acid,
> >despite the plastic tray.
> > Any suggestions on how to prevent this
> >problem in the first place?
> I am considering a few:
> Waxoyl the inside of the box. Waxoyl is an automotive undercoat / rust
> preventative coating that does not get hard and crack. I have had good
> luck with it on my cars. Even on bare metal.
> Cheaper and messier would be "painting" the inside with heavy grease. I
> don't really like this one for the fire hazard aspect. I do have grease
> the battery terminals, and *no* corrosion there.
> Another possibility is to make a liner out of the PVC shower floor liner
> that I found at Home Depot. It is about 1/16" thick, flexible and tough
> enough to survive the batteries banging into it. The corners would have
> be carefully solvent welded. Or it might work to wrap it around the
> batteries, letting the plastic tray catch the bottom edge. Use a
> overlap, and be sure the lower edge laps inside the tray.
Also now available at K and Wal-Marts (and I'm sure others) is the
truck bed liner kits.