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gary b.

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My window pillar (drivers side) has rusted away on the side where the vin tag is (was). It is still very strong there, i can pull myself out holding on to it. I was wondering, if anyone else had this happen, or has heard of this happen before. How should i take care of this? Should i doctor it up the best i can? Is there reason for concern? Like i said, it's very strong, not weak at all. Please write back! It's really tearing me up. It's a 1978, in like new condition, except for the pillar. Thank's alot! gary.
 

WayneC

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Saw your plea on the 63-67 forum.

Could you give a bit better description of the area that's rusted? Do you mean the pillar alongside the windshield, between the edge of the windshield and the door side window? This is part of the metal "bidcage" frame for the windshield and for the fiberglass body, which gives the body it's rigidity.

If so, it's likely due to leakage around the windshield and the source of the leak has to be found and fixed before it causes serious damage (if it hasn't gone too far already). I am no expert in this, but I expect it would require an experienced Corvette body man to replace that area using pieces cut from a rust-free donor car. If this work has to be done, it will be expensive since any bonded fiberglass has to be stripped away (which may uncover yet more hidden damage) in order to weld in a replacement portion, then the fiberglass must be built up again and the area repainted... depending on where the damage is, it may be necessary to remove the dash (certainly the windshield has to come out) to provide working room.

If the damage isn't that extensive that it requires new metal, it may be a matter of stripping the fiberglass, grinding off the rust, and treating the area with rust deterrent paints in hopes of stopping further rusting, but it still requires that you find the source of the leak and do everything I outlined above, with the exception of the welding.

You might try emailing Jerry Bramlett to see if he can give you more information. He is in the business of restoring Corvettes, and I know he addressed a question on this issue once on the NCRS dicussion board (I don't know if he checks this forum): jerrybramlett@comcast.net
 

ChuckG

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Do you still have the VIN tag? If not, you could be facing some major problems.....repro VIN tag or State Issued VIN. A state issue VIN to most "collectors" kills the resale value of the car. Proceed carefully here with VIN tag issues. If the post needs repaired, you can re-rivet the VIN tag on with the proper "rosette" rivets. If you get the DMV...State Police involved, chances are you'll get a new State issued VIN plate. I wouldn't be happy with that scenario. Chuck
 
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gary b.

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WayneC & ChuckG

It's the pillar alongside the windshield, the area where the interior pillar plastic tiim piece is screwed to. The section from top of roof to the dash is gone. The windshield is seated properly & the weatherstripping is good. The outside section is perfect & strong, there's no sign of weakness at all! Just the inside is bad. I have the vin tag,but the first portion is rusted away, is there a place where i can get the tag restored? Thank's alot guy's!!!! gary.
 

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