Is that "wheeler dealer" prat Mike Brewer? - knew he was dodgy but that really is a dodgy bodge - the only way to cure rust is to cut it out completely - i can understand doing this for your own benefit but if you ever come to sell the car its not acceptable unless you tell the buyer what you've done - unless your selling to a dealer then its entirely acceptable...........The guy on the English car program on HD TV used a chemical converter on problems like this. The chemical is painted on with a paint brush and it converts the rust chemically to a sturderier substance which he then fiber glassed over to effect the repair. I know that Eastwood Automotive sells this chemical. I think it is called rust converter or rust emulisifier or some such.
Not saying that this is the best possible repair but it would certainly be the cheapest and easiest. It seems from the photo that your outside sheet metal is still OK and everything is still holding it's shape, so this might be one way to go.
If this is your 73 spider then you have to consider the overall value of the car after you have finished to the cost of making a repair of some kind.
It is not Mike Brewer, but the tall repair guy on his show. Can't remember that guy's name right now. And the product is called rust encapsulator. I did not say it was the best way to go, just a possibility, depending on circumstances. Since Eastwood is the automotive restorers choice of supply in the US, and they sell it, it must havre some legitiment uses or they would not be selling it and fiberglass repair products like mat, cloth, and resin.Is that "wheeler dealer" prat Mike Brewer? - knew he was dodgy but that really is a dodgy bodge - the only way to cure rust is to cut it out completely - i can understand doing this for your own benefit but if you ever come to sell the car its not acceptable unless you tell the buyer what you've done - unless your selling to a dealer then its entirely acceptable...........
I am certainly NOT trying to influence you in the choice of your repair.I think what Eastwood sell and some of the other products mentioned are chemical rust converters and encapsulators that are better used for surface rust, anything structural like this it's not going to do anything
Hi guys - appreciate all the ideas. Rich, this is the same car with the rear parcel shelf issues and I found 1/4+ deep bondo on the front driver side fender as well. Have not gotten into the rocker panels yet but not expecting good things.What's the rest of the car like? If the rockers and such are in reasonably decent shape then it might be worth tackling. As Norsemen50 suggested, cut out the rust, weld back in the structure and convert the surface rust. Doesn't have to look pretty just sound.
If the rest of the car is as rotten as this, then it's time to say goodbye...