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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:05 pm    Post subject: 997.1 rusty arches Reply with quote

Folks, I am looking at a 2004 CS, all looks good except some really bad arches, particularly the rears, where is gone down to the rubber that covers the corner of the sill and the arch. Looks like water has got in to that seal and run riot.
Anyone else seen or heard of 997 arches going so bad?
And does this look like a cut out or replacement wing?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it just one side or both? One side could have had a repair / paint.

Theres a few early 996 threads about corrosion under the rear arch plastics. Also corrosion at the top of the rear arch as mud sits on the lip. early 996 are starting to suffer.

I'm surprised to see a 997 thread...

Either way I'd walk on a car that young.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks rather unsettling, no never seen one that bad before not even one that has not been well looked after.

I bet there will be a whole host of issues with that car
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

never seen that on a 997 Question there to many nice ones out there to be messing with something that unloved , you know the theory if the previous owner was happy to leave/ignore that what else wasnt dont that should have been . nooo nooo
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, I've seen a few like that and a few that are worse. The fact is these cars are not getting any younger and if used year round with periods of neglect, it's to be expected. Most cars of a similar age that see similar use are in much the same state, if not worse, just look at an original panelled 2004 BMW or Mercedes with comparable mileage.

Without rubbing it back to see what's left it's difficult to gauge whether repair or replace is the best way to go if you intend keeping it for a reasonable period of time.

Edited to echo to what others have said, walk away, they're not particularly rare and there are far better examples out there unless this one is particularly cheap and you fancy a project.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

when I was looking for mine- I saw a few which had early signs of corrosion (typically the carbon steel bracket on the rubber "fin" thingy rusts first- leaving a brown stain in the surrounding area). when I bought mine, I had the wheels off and removed the arch liners, plastics and "fins"and removed about 2-3lbs of road dirt from all 4 arches. I did post this at the time (probably one of my first posts) to warn anyone else that it was happening. I also took the sill plugs out - these proved to be dirt free , but worth a mention; others may not be so lucky.
OP- providing the rust hasn't eaten through the parent metal, or crept up to the visible areas of the wings; providing that you can get the rust off and get the remaining original metal back to "bright metal", then you may get away with just stripping it back and re-coating.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ill just add thats its pretty rare to see a Porsche like that let alone a 997 .. it happens but its still rare .. and ive seen a few !

My guess is it is or has been a coastal car .. they suffer more than most with corrosion .

Rust is ALWAYS worse once you sand it down to repair .. small holes have a tendency to become big holes once you DA them !

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