Upgrading to 16" Rims, Baby!
We upgraded to 16" wheels this weekend. We found a deal on GoWesty and decided to go for it. The larger wheels make our car more stable and will be better for our gas mileage. We went to the friendly shop we've been working with and they helped us put the car on the lift and replace the wheels.
They fit great - we'll just need to figure out what type of hub caps we'd like to cover them with now. I am a tiny bit sad that our 14" "VW" logo-ed caps don't fit these new wheels. Decisions, decisions..;
We Found the Rust!
Until today, we thought we had been very lucky and avoided any chances of rust issues in Burt. Turns out, there was some hiding in front of the driver seat. We had avoided removing the front carpet because we had been deciding what exactly to do on the floor of the front seats. We're still not 100% sure, but we have decided that we don't want that carpet anymore. It's a good thing because if we hadn't seen this rust, we may have been running a Flinstone's car with a hole through the floor soon! :p
Mike rubbed some Rust Dissolver on the rusty areas and the before and after turned out great! We'll just have to paint over it in a few weeks. You can toggle through the before/after below:
Cleaning Out the Interior
The original plan with the interior of the van was to take it to a car wash and power wash out all of the GUNK! Believe me, it was pretty gnarly in some of those 30-year old nooks and crannies. We quickly learned that the self-washes in Chicago are few and far between, as well as packed! [crazy long lines]
So, while Mike treated the front-seat rust, I just started using adhesive remover [this one by 3M] chased by a lot of windex in the main interior. with a scrub brush and a lot of elbow grease, I was able to get the floors squeaky clean! So worth the work! I would eat a meal on that metal floor now [maybe??].