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From what I see, the trunk had water in it & got rusty, & for some time. By the looks of things, the previous owner didn't bother to clean & remove the rust but painted it over with whatever that stuff is (pitch?). Just on a curious note Kirsten, how long was the Bird sitting around for before you bought it? It wouldn't surprise me if you found rust under the carpets inside the car as well. Hopefully you won't find any. I don't know how much you paid for it, but it's what it's going to cost you to complete the project that counts.
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Why would he not have cleaned out the rust that makes no sense.

The trunk leaks when it rains I've had to soak it up and leave it open to dry in the sun several times.

I honestly don't know how long the car sat around. I do know he had a garage he kept the car in and saw it in person. He said the car doesn't run well in the rain and he seemed to feel bad taking it out to show me when I bought the car because it was raining the day I went to buy it. I should call him to get more history on it because I couldn't really take in all the info he was sharing that day.
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Originally Posted by jopizz View Post
...I guess somebody had some extra roofing cement laying around. That's what it looks like to me unless it's very heavy undercoating...
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...By the looks of things, the previous owner didn't bother to clean & remove the rust but painted it over with whatever that stuff is (pitch?)...
It's too thin to be undercoating or pitch. Looks like POR-15 (rust converter), then it sat under water for an extended time.

Kirsten, I hope your leak is not due to holes around the backlite. Get inside the trunk with a flashlight while someone hoses the outside, to find out where water is coming in. If waster is coming in around the trunk lid, buy trunk weather-stripping and a tube of 3-M weatherstrip cement from one of our parts houses. A leak through sheet metal will require body work. I don't care who fixes the leak but that needs to happen first.

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