Worth fixing 1995 Nissan Pickup rust?

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#1

I have a 1995 Nissan XE pickup truck with 150,000 miles that the frame under the passenger seat has rusted out. I still enjoy driving the 5-speed when we take it out on weekend runs. Overall the the truck is in good condition with just a little body rust and it still runs good. Is the frame rusting out worth fixing or would that cost more than the truck is worth? Thanks, Bob


#2

23 year old truck with the frame rusting out and 150,000 miles. Hmm, No, not worth it.

If you don’t like my answer, take it to a body shop or a custom car shop and let them take a look at the frame and estimate what they’d charge to fix it properly. Expect way more rust damage than you ever imagined - that’s how rust works. Rust never sleeps.

Only you can determine if it is worth it to you to have it fixed.


#3

Depends on the condition of the frame. Any pics? Por15 can be used to stop rust.


#4

I agree with Mustangman.

Take it to a shop with body work skills.
Ideally they’d be able to arc weld in a heavy steel brace that spans the rusted area. I’ve seen this done successfully often, but only after a skilled assessment on if it’s doable.


#5

Agree. A qualified body man can tell you if the rust is not too bad and isolated or time to have it towed because it’s extensive throughout.


#6

Unless as a hobby vehicle and if you do the work yourself with Bondo and wire screen, forget it. Body work is very expensive if done by others.


#7

Bondo will not work on frame rust damage.


#8

Sure it will!

… Briefly…


#9

My brother had the same problem with a. 1971 Datsun (now Nissan) pickup. He temporarily bridged the rusted section of frame with a 4x4 and two C clamps. This is not a recommended repair. His permanent repair was to buy another Datsun pickup with a blown engine and swap the engine from his rusted truck. When the replacement truck suffered the frame rust problem, he took it to a body shop. They said that the repair wasn’t feaible and recommended he buy another truck, which he did.