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The RUST thread

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by trustyrusty, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. trustyrusty

    trustyrusty Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    Ok, guys. Let's see your rust.

    I'm from south Idaho where the humidity is very low and rust is something we seldom worry about. However, I read you guys' posts about rusted out trucks, rotted dump bodies, cancerous moldboards, etc., and I'd like to see how bad it really gets.

    Could be interesting for everyone if you all share your worst.
     
  2. MWSAI

    MWSAI Member
    Messages: 54

    Oh, give me some time and I'll get you some pics!
     
  3. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    It's funny to hear this. I really do t even see cars more than 15 years old because they are so rusty by that point people just junk them when a mechanical issue comes up.

    To prevent rust on my Dodge I have a great technique that seems to be working. Right before the first snow or state salting I pull it in the garage, put a cover on it and set the garage temp at about 55. No rust yetThumbs Up
     
  4. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,996

  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,096

    I specialize in it
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    this truck never even plowed, cut the floor out and welded a new one in
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  6. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,996

    These are from my previous dodge

    Drivers side floor.... or should I say hole...

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    Who needs a fuel tank strap anyway ?

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  7. subydude

    subydude Junior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 19

    move to new england. its impossible to get away from the stuff!
     
  8. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Rust is my middle name. I wake up and there's rust. I work, eat, and breathe rust. I go to bed and there's rust. I dream of rust...well it's really more of a nightmare. Rust is the bane of my existence.

    I have to say there's one thing that may be worse than general rust and rot, though: Flare nuts that seize to their lines. You can break the threads free easily enough but then all you can accomplish is to twist the line. These days before I go near a flare nut I wirebrush up against it, spray PB Blaster, wait, repeat, until I have no more time and gotta rush through the job...occasionally one even turns.

    A good traditional asphalt undercoating can really help. My undercoated 1980 Buick, which probably wasn't washed for a 25 year stretch and was driven locally in winters for 15 years, has surprisingly little rust. My non-undercoated 2002 GMC, which I didn't wash for probably 5 years (and, granted, drove a LOT of miles on salty roads), is a damn mess.

    Here's the locking ring that holds my 2002's fuel pump in place:
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    Some mild rust on the 2002's undercarriage from some years ago:
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    Rear frame after some wirebrushing:
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    Found this bumper at the junkyard. I was stoked that it had so little rust.
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    Mine had holes rotted through.
     
  9. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Looks a little better after wirebrushing more, spraying rust converter, then spraying undercoating.
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    Brake drum adjuster has tumored into a solid mass:
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    Brake backing plates, gone:
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    A little bit improved:
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  10. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Some nice trustworthy steel high-pressure lines, right?
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    The undercoated 1980:
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    (Little bit of rust peeking through there)
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    (Undercoating doesn't go on exhaust)
     
  11. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    A 1994 S10 that valiantly gave its transmission so that my Buick could have three pedals:
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    Looks like someone replaced that brake line.
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    My little boat's trailer held up long enough for me to get home, then broke when I was backing it up.
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  12. unhcp

    unhcp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,244

    that is some serious rust
     
  13. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    my frame front hanger area for rear springs. over 300k miles in upstate ny rust belt.

    i made the holes with my finger. :eek:

    last year for this setup. next year some parts off and reused on newer frame / body / 4l80 tranny swap in / full redo basicly.

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  14. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Here are some.

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  15. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

  16. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    Oh man, I'm not looking forward to body rust. I've got a little bit showing where (after treating it) I can cover it with wheel flares and a small amount of rot at the bottom inside edge of my passenger front door...the weatherstrip came off and I wirebrushed it then forgot to treat it before gluing the weatherstrip back on.

    I really regret not giving the undercarriage an occasional spray with the lawn sprinkler or, budget forbid, going through a real car wash.

    I wish I knew who did the undercoating on my 1980, I'd recommend him to everybody.
     
  17. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Here we go! I replaced this engine due to rotted glow plugs!

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  18. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Here are more.

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  19. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Last few. I hate CNY salt!

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  20. DieselSlug

    DieselSlug PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Sadly, 3 years later, the new engine does not resemble anything of how it went in....

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