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SLC rust area questions

looking at various years of SLC (mostly 70's)for a project, would love to know where these bodys like to rust out so i can poke and prod one to death and get the cleanest body i can find.....mind you i am NOT afraid of rust and have worked with some seriously rusty alfas and some arcane germans, id just like to avoid as much as possible

so far it looks as if they rust out under the battery like every car on the planet..and some seem to rust out behind the headlights and the belt molding.....but have yet to get a general consensus from a forum like this as to the most prone locations of rust

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I'd check... everywhere :P

If it's a US model, check behind the battery tray, under the HVAC cowl vents, interior floor panels, rear wheel arches, jack holes, and remove body panels to check inner fenders.

If it's a grey market import, there can be even crazier places to check.

Others will chime in on some specifics.

On an unrelated note, my first Benz spent its entire life in the North East. Surprisingly, many components such as the vacuum pods, door seals, dash, and other rubbery bits were great! Just the body started to rust apart.

So I got a California car for my r107 experience. Turns out, zero rust! Just every rubber components has completely dry rotted out and the dash looks like crap.

Pick your poison. :/
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Ditto on the inner fenders. I have found very little rust on my SL--other then the left front inner fender on a car that hasn't seen Winter in 25 years and was thoroughly cleaned (without dismantling the car) within 6 months after I bought it.
Also, if the car hasn't been rustproofed (under the skin) get it rustproofed. Before you spray it, though, get a camera in there to check the unit body structure.
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this might help
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Looking for a rust free California or Nevada car is worth the extra cost and effort. You will thank yourself for years to come. Be careful about the statements from some sellers saying that the car is "rust free". There are too many sellers who think that packing rust holes with Bondo and glueing plastic over rust holes makes the car qualify for a "rust free" description.

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the car WILL be a northwest car as i dont feel the need to drive to arizona, besides ive found a local guy that has litteraly 50+ sl/slcs and will sell me exactly what im after..and "if" i find any suprises is willing to swap/let me cut off patch panels

the biggest trick tho is going in knowing EXACTLY where to look so i can make the best educated guess..cause lets face it..untill you blow a car apart you never truely know...and even then you can send a car to media and find even more hidden treasures....that said tho..my experiance with pacific north wet cars is useualy the interior is moist but typicaly rust free unless "tarped" for some amount of its life

ive delt with muscle cars, 50's 60's 70's , fords, alfas, mopars, porsches, toyotas, even lloyds and ive saved cars that were deemed "unsaveable" id just like to start off knowing where to look and with the best case possible...this will be my first venture into benz
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A 107 will spontaneously rust everywhere, but no two cars are the same (and Ive got three of them).

They just do it slower than an alfa.

Main areas

around the windows front and rear screens

Floors

sills

battery tray

good bits about them is parts are easy to get. But unless you can weld spend every last cent to get the best one you can.
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Run from anything that looks like this. Yes, that is a line of rust running the length of the car on the ground.
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i actualy do ALOT of rust work and fabrication, but give me a nut n bolt and an idea and i can build you anything so yes..i can weld

im going to assume that last example is an east coast rust bucket? since NOTHING out this way ever looks remotely that bad unless its been at the beach its entire life..well..my lloyd looked worse actualy
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