Rust Converter Car

I have recently been working on a 1963 Buick Skylark at my street rod and restoration shop Waycool Customs. There are a lot of rusted panels on this car and no replacement body panels can be purchased. Every panel must be hand fabricated. We have made new floor pans, rockers, trunk pans, and under the rear seat.

What I really want to touch on is when pinch-welds rust on a car.

Every car has pinch-welds on them. Moisture gets in between the two pieces of steel and begins to rust. Over the years the rust will build up and begin to swell the two pieces of steel. This is often overlooked and can cause serious problems down the road. You have to cut the pinch weld apart and scrape the rust out. I always use a rust converter to coat the inside of the pinch weld. I use POR-15. Once the rust is treated hammer and dolly the pinch-weld together and re-spotweld it. It is good as new now.

Check the car over and if you see any signs of pinch-welds swollen you have to repair it. If you put nice paint over top of it the rust will keep swelling the weld and eventually break it open. It will also bleed out rust when you wash the car. I always go on the inside of the doors and coat them with POR-15 to seal the pinch-weld up so now moisture can get in there. As with that anywhere you can get to it is a good idea to coat the inside of the panel to ensure that no rust will come back soon. Nobody wants that to happen!

Check out my website to see the Buick Skylark and the pinch weld repair.

I have recently been working on a 1963 Buick Skylark at my street rod and restoration shop Waycool Customs. There are a lot of rusted panels on this car and no replacement body panels can be purchased. Every panel must be hand fabricated. We have made new floor pans, rockers, trunk pans, and under the rear seat.

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