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Old 03-23-2019, 08:23 AM   #1
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Default Engine cradle still good? How to keep it that way?

My engine cradle is rusting. Do you think itís still good? I donít see any holes in it.

If still good, how can I keep it that way or retard the rust on it and the attached parts?
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Old 03-23-2019, 09:02 AM   #2
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Default Re: Engine cradle still good? How to keep it that way?

I would say its days are numbered. Mine looked like this when I replaced it:

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Old 03-23-2019, 09:05 AM   #3
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Default Re: Engine cradle still good? How to keep it that way?

If it were mine, I'd consider it drivable for a while, but I'd start looking for a better condition cradle from the southern junkyard.

ou can soak the cradle with motor oil to keep it from oxidizing, there are members who soak their cradles once a year. If you do get one from the south, you can paint it with POR-15 to keep it in good condition longer.

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Old 03-23-2019, 10:57 AM   #4
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Default Re: Engine cradle still good? How to keep it that way?

Definitely replace it sooner than later. Where the control arm mounts on the drivers' side looks like mine and when I was removing the control arm to reuse the bolt, that area crumbled to dust. I got my replacement from ebay from a wrecking yard in the pacific northwest, I paid a bit more for mine, but It's completely rust free. Anything I would have pulled locally would have been just like the original.

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Old 03-25-2019, 08:46 AM   #5
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Default Re: Engine cradle still good? How to keep it that way?

Mine looks the same as yours and I just keep it soaked in rust proofing oil.
I also inspect it 2x a year to make sure it stays safe.
It's been 5 years, no problems, but I am starting to look for a replacement.
The oil is buying me time for sure.

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I've got a nice rust free cradle in my stash of parts. I'm in CA, though, so I'm sure shipping is a pain.

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Default Re: Engine cradle still good? How to keep it that way?

I have fixed them with good results. You could probably do the job in place - if you are a good welder. I did mine with TIG welding on the bench. You cut out the bad material and weld in new. Be advised - the construction is of several layersnof steel - and you want to grind back till you are into solid, rust- free material.

To keep it from rusting - just copy the passenger's side - which almost NEVER rusts - by dumping oil all over it. Oil changes get the passenger's side soaked, thus preventing rust out....

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