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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-19-2015, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Does this hole in the trunk belong there???

While finally getting to clean out on of my 9C1s from the mice damage, I inspected the trunk to see if the weatherstrip was compromised.........and found the weatherstrip to be intact and the trunk to be virtually clean. Except for a dropping or two, no damage, no smells, as if no mice had been there.

Then I lift the carpet, and find this........a huge chunk of the body sealant missing, almost as if it had been kicked in.....what's up with GM???? Should this part be welded??????? There is nothing in that section but sealant? And now a gaping hole when the dried out sealant breaks off?

It's a small hole, but I'm sure a small mouse can make it through, I even found small chunks of the sealant under the rest of the trunk mat, as if it had been shoved there.......
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-19-2015, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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two more pics...

The last pic shows the sealant on the right side of the trunk floor starting to also break apart............I think there is a gap there too.
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two more pics...

The last pic shows the sealant on the right side of the trunk floor starting to also break apart............I think there is a gap there too.
the rear wheel wells where they connect to the trunk floor are a spot that rusts out. on the driver side exterior hard to get at to fix/remove the damaged metal but possible. using some fiberglass long hair type material after rotten metal removal makes a good long lasting hole fix. then smooth out and paint or apply some short hair fiberglass to then smooth it out even more. long hair is stronger.... so that makes the repair of the hole a good fix.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-20-2015, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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That' not part of the rear wheel well, its the rear left corner of the trunk . This car Is very clean, I don't see any rust damage at all. The two edges of the metal, between the gap, are vey straight an clean...not rotted, and there is no brown on the underside the sealant caulk piece that came off.

I have to get under the car, haven't had a chance to do that, but it just seems like this section was never welded together...........
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That' not part of the rear wheel well, its the rear left corner of the trunk . This car Is very clean, I don't see any rust damage at all. The two edges of the metal, between the gap, are vey straight an clean...not rotted, and there is no brown on the underside the sealant caulk piece that came off.

I have to get under the car, haven't had a chance to do that, but it just seems like this section was never welded together...........
trunk picture 2 looks chewed / rusted. the seams are straight and over LAP..
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No the pictures were taken at night. The edges are very clean. I assume they are supposed to over lap and possibly welded. Hence why I was asking how others are.

First I suspected previous body work, but the sealant looks factory, even with black overspray.

the bottom of the dried up chunk of sealant also fits (shape wise) that opening.

Could someone at the factory just get so lazy?
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No the pictures were taken at night. The edges are very clean. I assume they are supposed to over lap and possibly welded. Hence why I was asking how others are.

First I suspected previous body work, but the sealant looks factory, even with black overspray.

the bottom of the dried up chunk of sealant also fits (shape wise) that opening.

Could someone at the factory just get so lazy?
look I just had my 1996 impala painted. even the trunk inside. the rear bumper removed ETC>>>>><<....

what you got there is NOT proper or in any way a factory job.

again I say the seams are ALL over lapped by 1/2 inch tack welded and then seam sealed period.
since your NOT the original owner then this was a half azz body shop repair job....

Just so you know about body shops what cannot be seen easy they will not spend the time to do a factory OEM repair on the metal....

lets say some idiot hits your parked car in the trunk area. the body shop will make the exterior look perfect.. however inside it will look very bad unless you bust balls..
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My 96 has similar sealer in the corners of the trunk. Bought the car new so I know it has never been molested...much. :-)
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two more pics...

The last pic shows the sealant on the right side of the trunk floor starting to also break apart............I think there is a gap there too.
Looking again at the hole picture that is NOT OEM GM sealer material .. looks like some aftermarket white putty type product.

body shop used that to hide their half aZZ repair. IMO>>>.
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