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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-26-2010, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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Im back.1st gen this time.

hey guys so a lot has happened since I sold my trep at the end of last summer. I turned 21 got engaged and forked over my daily driver (2001 Ford Escape) to my fiance. I did so because she really couldnt afford a car, and I didnt want her driving around something that wasnt reliable...and with the money we were working with the chances of buying a super reliable car didnt seem likely.

SO I picked up a beater and of course remembering all you Di.net guys I HAD to go with a trep. at the very least I want to somewhat resurrect/save a dying trep. and was thinking I might sell it in a year or so? or not? who knows.

we picked it up for 800 I paid about 450 of that so really the car only cost me 450
it has high miles 207k to be more precise and rusted out rocker panels. Ive seen way worse but its beyond saving and making look super nice. It has clear coat peel pretty much all around mostly on the trunk and around the lower sides of the windows. It has one spot of the rust on the top of the car near the rear window as well, though Im thinking that one spot I can help save/prevent from eating through. It has an infinity cd player in as well, almost pooped myself when I saw that.

Im going to be putting insurance on the car tmrw and then I can really start to drive it around before I go and get it serviced/ inspected by a shop to see what needs to be done.

just so you guys got this down...

1995 Dodge Intrepid
3.3l 207k
Color: Black
Interior: grey

things im going to do (short term just off the top of my head):
cleaning (need to find quarter wash)
new headlights/brackets
new hubcaps
my choice:either find front drivers side seat (grey) or just get seat covers...leaning on the seat covers til spring maybe.
something about that rust spot on top....hmmm
something about the clear coat (any rattle can inspiration doug?)
and I might try to do something to slow/stall rust growth on the rockers. Like I said I seen way worse but they seem past saving unless I want to go hacking in a junk yard and have some welding done....any ideas on how to slow the rust would be appreciated as well.

guys look forward to chatting and catching up with a few of you.
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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-26-2010, 04:50 AM
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Aftermarket rocker panels are the one "rust repair" panel available for 1gens. Unforunately once the rust gets that far it usually needs a LOT more. I dont worry about the clearcoat, its too much of a pain to fix without repainting the whole car (at least mine is). The rust on top, if its not through the metal, you can take a wire brush to it and get rid of the rust down to bare metal then get a really good rust proof paint, like POR15, and seal it back up. It might not be pretty but it works. Everything else sounds very fixable. Good luck

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Cool find! Post up picks when you can, can't wait to see it.

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post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-26-2010, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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yea the rust/clearcoat doesnt seem to bother me. Ill get to work on the roof spot right away just because I dont want it to eat through. The car overall is pretty well taken car of, well considering its 15 years old and has 207k miles on it, it must have been at least decently cared for. I was surprised at the rusted rockers actually cuz there is such little rust elsewhere...
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Plenty of work to do...
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Well Ive been trying to come up with a nice little agenda for this car. Had plenty of time to think while I removed all the state park stickers off the inside of the windshield lol

(In no specific order)

1. Still looking for those c pillars...argh
2. New hood lift supports
3. New headlights AND brackets. I wasnt going to do this until later but when I realized a headlight bulb burnt out last night and tried to replace it I realized that the bracket and headlight are both broke, it could just pull right out (though that made the light bulb replacement extra easy) its worse that I had previously thought.
4. moisture in the tail light and in the headlights. I cant quite remember how to fix this? Could I just bead it with silicone and make sure it is all sealed off?
5. Either take the hubcaps off, or buy new ones. The ones on there are almost all peeled.
6. Which reminds me new tires....anyone recommend a place to go to get it done. I know fleet farm used to be decent priced. I think my fiance gets a discount if we have walmart do it?
7.Clean Clean and more clean.
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Rust galore!

Good luck!
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Not too bad Don't see to many black first gens.
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Not too bad Don't see to many black first gens.
i heard they are a bit on the rarer side
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Well being from Wisconsin and all I have seen far worse rust than that. The car already has 207k on it so I wasnt really looking to restore it anyway. I can however give it a lot better life the than previous owners. It will look better and better over the next few weeks/months.
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welcome back, with a first gen !!
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You should bring it down to Art's (INTHETUNDRA) meet in Sept. (Kyles Memorial Meet). I'd be willing to help on some of the repairs, (I'll do what I can, I'm no master mechanic).

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