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I posted this down in the 124 forum but I thought it was interesting enough to post up here. I could be wrong.

More observations from the days work on the 400E and 500E. While both cars had never had previous body damage [other than the recent light guardrail damage for the 500E] and by all appearances would be considered Excellent examples of 92 and 93 cars, both with VG condition interior and smooth body panels, no pings, broken lights, etc, once I took the fenders off things started to look a bit different.

I know these cars were well kept yet here is what I found. These are from a 93 400E and a 92 500E. From the top.

Pic1 Rust in the Headlight housing. I assume this is from where road salt found its way into the car over time.

Pic2 Rust on the underside of the radiator frame. Again, I assume normal snow/road salt etc got in and started doing its work.

Pic3 This is BEHIND the Left inner fender liner and not somewhere you would/could wash. Note the fully rusted out ABS Canister bracket.

Pic4 This is the area Behind the Right inner fender liner. The junk at the bottom is leaves and dirt and road crap. Fortunately, no rust. But it had all the ingredients.

So the next time you are under the hood, make sure you collect those pine needles, and leaves and assorted crap. It adds up to HOURS and parts and material to make this all right again.

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I kinda subscribe to "a rolling stone gathers no moss" as it applies to cars. It's amazing how quickly a daily driver will go to crap once it gets garaged. Saw it with my '92 SC400. It was gut wrenching. I know it's more complicated than that, but looking at the brakes on the cars, it's evident that they hadn't been mobile in quite some time.
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I kinda subscribe to "a rolling stone gathers no moss" as it applies to cars. It's amazing how quickly a daily driver will go to crap once it gets garaged. Saw it with my '92 SC400. It was gut wrenching. I know it's more complicated than that, but looking at the brakes on the cars, it's evident that they hadn't been mobile in quite some time.
The car that showed brakes [the 500E] was last driven in January as a full time driver. That surface rust on the rotors is just that, however the calipers are showing long term surface rust.

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Was this car ever involved in an accident?
The car that you could see the brakes and rusted canister bracket [500] slid into a guardrail on the left side at low speed in January. The only damage to the car was the outer and inner left fenders, lower control arm and bumper cladding [all just on the left side].

The other car [400], with the rust in the headlight buckets and radiator frame has never had any wreck damage whatsoever.

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