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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:10 am 
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Cleaned up the Regal over this last weekend and went out for a bit of a cruise. Thought I'd post some shots.

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I had it parked for the majority of the winter, but it seems like it was all for naught as it's starting to become another casualty of Michigan's salt.

I uncovered a dirty little secret. It seems that the rear strut towers are starting to rust through now. I pulled a pretty large chunk of rust out of the inside of the trunk so the car is living on borrowed time now. Needless to say, the paint isn't great and parts of the body are rusting through, and the interior could be better so I'm currently looking around for a replacement.

Sooo I may be parting this car out in the near future...

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That's a real shame. It still looks good on the outside.

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Still looking good for now though!

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I didn't think the rust was that bad.

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Wow, I've seen Regals and Centuries way worse still on the road. lol.

Looks good.

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I will try to get some photos of the strut towers when I get a chance. It's not terrible now, but it's only a matter of time before the struts will poke through the trunk.

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It's still one of the better looking regals. I re did my headlights so we should go by the train station one day soon. Also I spy an evo haha.

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A blue one :O

Sucks that w-bodies have the strut tower cancer issues.

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Always wanted a regal of that style, just need something bigger so I went with the bonnies. Still looks good though, drive it til you cant!

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I had it parked for the majority of the winter, but it seems like it was all for naught as it's starting to become another casualty of Michigan's salt.

I uncovered a dirty little secret. It seems that the rear strut towers are starting to rust through now. I pulled a pretty large chunk of rust out of the inside of the trunk so the car is living on borrowed time now. Needless to say, the paint isn't great and parts of the body are rusting through, and the interior could be better so I'm currently looking around for a replacement.

Sooo I may be parting this car out in the near future...

Saw this in my area and thought it might be a good transplant body... Price might be a little high for that and it's red but other than that it looks good!
http://jxn.craigslist.org/cto/4936461583.html

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That car looks really good, but that would involve pulling the entire drivetrain and also no leather/heated seats.

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I wouldn't think Matt would post anything other than that since he is the king of fixing cars eat up with the rust cancer. :) - BC

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Thanks guys!

So here's the rust:

**EDIT: Link to fix post471057.html#p471057


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I really don't want to play with restoring a structural component that is so hard to get to.

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Saw this in my area and thought it might be a good transplant body... Price might be a little high for that and it's red but other than that it looks good!
http://jxn.craigslist.org/cto/4936461583.html

Thanks for looking out! Though if I had to transplant everything it would have to be a white or blue Regal with a decent shell and a nice interior with heated seats. I'm spoiled for life now lol.

I'm thinking the replacement will have to be a manual though if I have to spend decent money on it. I'm looking at new Focus ST hatchbacks and also Subaru WRX Hatchback's. I'm still weighing my options though.

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Mmmm, typical w-body rust. Gonna address it or find another clean shell?

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Mmmm, typical w-body rust. Gonna address it or find another clean shell?

I'm probably just gonna jump ship altogether. I test drove a Focus ST yesterday and I was pretty impressed. Tomorrow I'll be checking out a WRX too.

If I can find a Regal in good enough shape though, I'd probably consider swapping everything over. I would really like to get something with a stick though that I could DD even in the winter. That's one of the main motivators for the WRX and Focus ST. I've always got the GP for my RWD summer/project car.

Work is consuming a lot of my time so I don't have much left to work on cars. Because of that I really don't want another project. In fact, I will be getting rid of all of my extra cars pretty soon here.

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Mmmm, typical w-body rust. Gonna address it or find another clean shell?

I'm probably just gonna jump ship altogether. I test drove a Focus ST yesterday and I was pretty impressed. Tomorrow I'll be checking out a WRX too.

If I can find a Regal in good enough shape though, I'd probably consider swapping everything over. I would really like to get something with a stick though that I could DD even in the winter. That's one of the main motivators for the WRX and Focus ST. I've always got the GP for my RWD summer/project car.

Work is consuming a lot of my time so I don't have much left to work on cars. Because of that I really don't want another project. In fact, I will be getting rid of all of my extra cars pretty soon here.


I suggest a visit to MattStrike before doing anything. jmo - BC

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Fwiw, I've decide to hang on the Regal for a while longer while I finish up the Grand Prix. In the meantime though I'm going to find a way to weld some braces onto the rear strut tower bars and fix the little things that have been bothering me so much.

Also forget that I never posted pics of the new stereo I put in it. I dumped my old POS JVC unit that I had in there before and opted for a Parrot Asteroid Smart. This is complete with steering wheel controls!

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It runs on an Android Operating System so basically I can root it and install whatever I want on it. Right now though I'm going to keep using it as is though. It's default OS isn't too bad. The maps are also very useful and sound quality is pretty good too.

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