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Old 11-08-2018, 07:07 PM   #1  
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I'm hoping to get this wheel arch tidied up on my fiesta mk5, is it bad enough to warrant replacing the whole arch? Admittedly is does look slightly worse in reality than in the pics, How much roughly will something like this cost? The car isn't really worth much so i don't really want to spend a vast amount. Ive been doing bits an pieces to it myself to tidy it up since I've bought it but wouldn't attempt any type of body work.
I'm struggling to find somebody to do it, the only place that was recommended to me aren't interested but that's another story.
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All wants cutting out... tidy up won’t last 5 mins
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It’s one of those.....
where do you stop jobs.....tidy up and sell on.
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If you bog it up it’ll be back within weeks
Not worth your time and effort imo
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Any idea on cost roughly?
don't really wana sell it tbh, I've had a bit of fun in it ( gone to the ring with it twice),i enjoy tinkering with it and upgrading parts. I was planning on putting a puma lump in it next. i paid less than £500 for the car 1 year ago, it couldn't really be replaced for that sort of money.
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Problem is that to do it properly on one of those, you need to put a 1/4 panel on as an arch will never sit right and will need loads of filler to hide the rippling effect from all the welding as.the metal is so thin on those cars. Also means that you can find any other hidden rust, which there will be.
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Bodywork repairs can be and usually are more expensive than mechanical repairs on a lot of cars and to fix the rust problems properly on your Fiesta will cost as much as you paid for it. Always a difficult choice on a car which was cheap to buy. It depends on how much you like your car and how long you intend to keep it. If the rest of the car is in really good condition and you can afford it I would get it done and that way you will have nothing to worry about long term.
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A long time ago I cut out much more rust than that on a mates mk 2 escort rs2000 and fibreglassed it, a proper botch but he had no money, it lasted years.
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The thing with rust is that it's starts off ok then as soon as you start to remove 8t holes appear. You could try kurust but I think it will just come back.

to me the bottom of the arch looks the worst and I bet this ends up being a hole.

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