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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-05-2021, 18:46 Thread Starter
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Rusty refurb! Does this look structural to you?

I'm updating a 1995 Ducato campervan, and found a bit of rust..!

It's on both the front driver and passenger side floor beneath the plastic step moulding (as you open the cab doors), on the inner and outer floor - is that structural or does it look worse than it is? I have lots of pics but can't seem to find an option to upload, perhaps because I'm new here.

I've had the carpets and sound deadening up and the rest of the front cab area looks very clean, the van had lots of welding and lots more underseal from the previous owner, I've jabbed both outer sills right the way along and all seems solid, but under the plastic step on both sides it's clearly collected water for years and rotten away.

The inner floor under the plastic step moulding doesn't seem to do anything but the rot has also gone through to the outer floor and after giving it a jab, I can see daylight, alot of daylight..!!

The rest of it including chassis rails looks clean so it's an isolated issue, rather than a complete rot box of a van.

Any ideas if this is a structural area folks? It's miles away from seat mounts and the floor pan looks new around there.

Tack weld and fill to get it weather tight or does it need proper work and fabrication?

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Ps. will try add photos somewhere else and post a link, although not sure if I'm allowed to do that either..?
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Sounds like a typical Ducato.

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No it sounds like a typical anything built in the 90s really, especially a fiat!
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You need to spend the money to get life membership and then upload the pictures so we can advise properly, but you are always better off cutting out the rotten metal, weld in new properly, and spray it with a decent zinc coating, filler is not generally waterproof.
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