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Should I be worried about the rust on my 04?

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by r1ch79, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. Feb 23, 2016 at 8:31 AM
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    r1ch79

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    Hey,

    I purchased a 04 4runner limited with 76k miles on her from Milwaukee & drove her to NJ. Why you may ask. Been a long time 4runner fan & my wife's minivan finally kicked the bucket. So when we were in market i jumped on getting a 4runner...but she wanted a 3rd row & leather. I only found 3 4runners for sale at that moment that had the 3rd row in all leather. 2 of them in texas but not 4wd...so i went with the one in Milwaukee, lol. Yes I was that desperate & didnt want to settle for Honda Pilot! (needles to say my wife LOVES the 4runner)

    I didn't realize it then i looked under the car & notice some rust, but now that i have spent more time, it has a lot of rust. I was told the previous owner past away & the car was left sitting for a while. Its in immaculate condition still smelled brand new. So is that rust something to be concerned about. We are NOT going off roading but we do TRAVEL a lot on roads trips, so mileage will go up FAST.

    My other question is, where is a good online place to order maintenance parts that are OEM?

    Thanks,
    Rick
     
  2. Feb 23, 2016 at 9:10 AM
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    RonT4R

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    Depends on how deep the rust has penetrated the metal and where the rust is located. If it's not too bad get a few different size stainless steel wire brushes and scrub of the rust and treat and paint it.

    As far as OEM parts a lot of people use Camelback Toyota or you can just search for the part number you need on Google.

    Welcome.....:wave::thumbsup:
     
  3. Feb 23, 2016 at 9:46 AM
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    Ol'Blue

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    A few things here and there. Still dreaming up stuff
    As stated above. If you treat it now and take care of it you can control it. If you wait it will eat you up.

    Blue
     
  4. Feb 23, 2016 at 9:58 AM
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    Thanks guys, do you know is that something i could maybe have a shop do, if so what type of shop? Is that a job for a body shop or some other type of specialist. I just dont have time nor i think the patience to steel sand & then paint. Really love this car & want to make it last as much as i can, its so easy to do maintenance on this car.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM
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    wnelax04sr5

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    id go to a body shop or somewhere that is comfortable working with structural metal, and possibly has the ability to sandblast
     
  6. Feb 23, 2016 at 10:44 AM
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    A few things here and there. Still dreaming up stuff
    Find a good local body shop and talk to them. That's the best route for that type of work. Think about it- if you have a old car that has been sitting and has rust who will fix it when they do the fenders etc...... I'm sure there is someone in your local area that would love to take the work (Hours are Hours in a shop no matter how you get them). It's not going to be fast so don't expect it to be done in under a week if you want it done right but it can be done. I would say expect to be quoted around ten hours of labor. And that just a educated guess. So call that a grand in most places and the cost of supplies. I would say its a solid investment. Remember Maint. before Mods always. The truck will pay you back by not breaking down in the middle of BFE on vacation.

    Blue
     
  7. Feb 24, 2016 at 6:14 AM
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    Tht
    Thanks, i intend to have her a long time if not forever. If my car goes im taking this one over & wife can get another car, lol. Definately maintenance over mods & a couple of grand is definitely worth it over new car payments is the way i see it!
     
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    Madmanmarty

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    There is a company in New England does a complete blast and paint for $600-$800.
    I don't have their name with me. Do a search online.
     

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