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Old 09-09-2010, 12:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trunk..left and right sides collapsing?

My left and right sides of my camry 1997's trunk are held up with cardboard...any quick fixes to make it more solid like the middle of the trunk?


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Old 09-09-2010, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I guess you could step up from cardboard to plywood.
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It's like this for everyone...right? xD
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It's like this for everyone...right? xD
No dude I have no idea what yor taling about. (seriously) these cars dont rust out that bad, thats why theres tons of them still on the road.
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I mean inside the trunk, underneath the carpet on the left and right side.
__/------\__
|00..........00|

That's what it looks like when you are standing and looking into the trunk, 00 = cardboard spots.

Picture in original post

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Old 09-09-2010, 10:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I guess you could step up from cardboard to plywood.
No really do it! That's what a lot of users do. Trace the old ones on plywood... and cut out new ones. Easyyyyyy and affective.
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It is indeeeeeeed.
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No dude I have no idea what yor taling about. (seriously) these cars dont rust out that bad, thats why theres tons of them still on the road.
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How big of a piece you think I should buy?

I'm not too handy with wood, I don't even know how to cut it, but I know someone who could help in my family lol.

After it's cut, do I clip it in, drill it in, or just let it sit like the original piece?

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First, what's in there is hardboard, not cardboard.

Second, hardboard is very susceptible to moisture. The one piece shown seems to have a liquid stain. Is there more moisture??

You can replace with 1/4 in plywood found at HD, Lowes or any lumber yard. Get exterior, not lauan. While sold in 4' x 8' sheets, many places also sell cuts as small as 2' x 4'. Put your two panels next to each other and measure how small a piece will cover your two. You may find a damaged piece cheap.

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I had a 4x4 piece of wood, is more than enough to replace your center, and your two side pieces, though I didn't replace them on mine. It really is as simple as tracing it out and then I used a jig-saw to cut it. It's definitely the way to go! I ended up using some pop-rivets so I could keep the stock pieces attached, and to take off the foam I just used a knife to pry it off and then a little white glue to put it on the new piece. Good luck!
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The pics are EXACTLY what needs to be done. Except the OP has a gen 4....not a gen 3.
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The plywood is a great idea... especially if you ever haul anything very heavy in the trunk.
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You could fill around the tire with this expanding foaMmmmmmmm!!!


J/K!

Boneyard might be an option if cutting and hauling plywood is not an option. Some places do sell 1/2 sheets of 4X8 =>> 4X4 should fit in the trunk.
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Ah I knew it wasn't cardboard, just seems like it, but tougher...so hardwood works lol.

I don't think it's ever gotten wet...? It's just the lighting in the picture, it just doesn't sit properly so that's why it's at an angle and looks like it's collapsing to me...

I'll do the plywood thing one day, as of now it's not 'too' important but it's annoying to look at when I open my trunk >_<.

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hey is it possible to get an idea of the layout of your trunk like a few pictures? My '98 doesnt have anything but carpting in it, and the three plastic panels for the lip and the sides, but they have nothing holding them in place, I need to know what is supposed to be under the carpeting as I want to do the same with plywood or hardyboard in my trunk.
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