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Old 24-03-2019, 16:56   #1
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What is everyone's thoughts on buying a evo that has welding? Best to avoid because once there's rust there's always rust or is it so common now that most older versions have some welding and nothing to worry about?
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Old 24-03-2019, 17:08   #2
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Depending on how well it was done etc
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Old 24-03-2019, 17:21   #3
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Too many variables.

How skilled was the welder (qualifications)

What quality metal was Used?

What Parts were welded?

You just Have to trust your eye and judgement or take someone that knows more.
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Also depends on the exact location of the welding...

There are certain spots on the Evo chassis that are inaccessible for superficial welding. For instance the front of the chassis legs where the front subframe joins. Thus tends to rust from the inside, out. Exterior patchwork welding doesn't solve the problem, merely hides it and stores it for the future, while also, potentially getting worse over time.
Welding, in itself, is not the negative, it just depends on where, and you need to know your apples, or get somebody who does to check it out.

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with some of the welding jobs ive seen recently id avoid any like the plague

wholey depends whats been welded but when weldings often needed theres more to follow sharpish

find a good one as youll will ALLWAY be chasing rust from a rough one
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Cheers lads, the car is cheap but a flight and hours of driving away so would be hard to walk away if I travel. I can't tell much from the photos.
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Old 25-03-2019, 22:07   #7
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Cheers lads, the car is cheap but a flight and hours of driving away so would be hard to walk away if I travel. I can't tell much from the photos.
Is it a blue Evo 9 in Scotland ?
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Is it a blue Evo 9 in Scotland ?
Scotland but a 6
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Old 25-03-2019, 17:03   #9
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To be honest, I wouldnt. If i really wanted to buy an evo, and couldnt find 1 that hasn't needed welding, I'd rather buy 1 that hasn't been welded so I could do it myself and not risk having to tidy up someone elses mess

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Old 25-03-2019, 17:18   #10
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I'm sure plenty of people have bought Evo's that have been welded in the past.
If it's a decent job you'd be hard pressed to tell unless you were properly stripping the car down.

Get the seller to send some pictures over, if it's obvious they've just slapped some plate over the rust holes then you know not to bother.
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Old 25-03-2019, 20:40   #11
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Have you considered getting an import.....so many cars over here have had or need welding. The problem is that bad now that a lot of cills/chassis rails etc are no longer available until someone makes decent pattern parts (apparently this is being looked into by a well know company )
A cheap car now could become an extremely expensive one as they all rott from the inside out due to construction / design methods.
Personally having seen lots of rotten/recently undersealed cars I’d always go for a fresh import from a reputable source.
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Have you considered getting an import.....so many cars over here have had or need welding. The problem is that bad now that a lot of cills/chassis rails etc are no longer available until someone makes decent pattern parts (apparently this is being looked into by a well know company )
A cheap car now could become an extremely expensive one as they all rott from the inside out due to construction / design methods.
Personally having seen lots of rotten/recently undersealed cars I’d always go for a fresh import from a reputable source.

Have torque gt looking but still keeping an eye out for what pops up closer to home.
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