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Grtechguy SuperDork
10/27/08 11:57 a.m.

Can anyone think of a vehicle that rusted faster than:

A mid-late 70's IHC pickup?

Tim Baxter
Tim Baxter Online Editor
10/27/08 12:01 p.m.

Fiat had a pretty high-profile recall in 70s. Some of their cars were rusting before they ever got off the boat and were terminal within a year or two.

914Driver GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/27/08 12:03 p.m.

Most Toyota frames.

Autolex Reader
10/27/08 12:08 p.m.

anything with the subaru nameplate on it. early 350z (hardtop) roofs.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA Reader
10/27/08 12:19 p.m.
Tim Baxter wrote: Fiat had a pretty high-profile recall in 70s. Some of their cars were rusting before they ever got off the boat and were terminal within a year or two.

Yeah, there is no such thing as the Italian steel industry. Most of the steel in those early '70s FIATs was recycled. They weren't particularly careful about the process so there were rust molecules embedded in the steel directly from the factory. Add a little salt air on the boat over here and......the paint started bubbling in the showroom. I don't know if any car can beat built-in rust.

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/27/08 12:23 p.m.

When I read the thread title I thought it would be some sort of event for rustbuckets

Woody GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/27/08 12:33 p.m.

82-85 Celica and Supra Liftback.

Keith GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
10/27/08 12:53 p.m.

Hyundai Pony.

Classic Mini, especially the later Rover models.


Carson Reader
10/27/08 1:01 p.m.

What's rust? I'm from NC, we don't know that word. Please, someone let me in on this.*

On the other hand, I can tell you about which rubber products dry-rot the fastest.

*No comments about the unintelligent people who live in the south, please, haha.

Feedyurhed Reader
10/27/08 1:02 p.m.

Chevy Vega. I think they just started with rusty sheet metal and applied paint to it.

ddavidv SuperDork
10/27/08 1:02 p.m.

I've got a photo of a horribly rotted Mini on my screensaver. They could give any Fiat a run for it's rust recall.

Ford Pintos and Chevy Vegas were in a race to see which was worse. I think Vegas won that contest.

Nothing has engineered obsolescence built into it's panels like a mid 70s Chevy pickup, though early Broncos come close.

Jeeps. I giant tub built to contain water with a leaky roof.

Carson Reader
10/27/08 1:04 p.m.

What about Mopar F bodies? Aspen/Volare

I heard they started rusting on the showroom floor.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn Dork
10/27/08 1:18 p.m.

1957 Fords. The headlights had an 'eyebrow' above them that would collect moisture and dirt, and the headlights would eventually fall right out of the car.

As far as late model cars go, Geo Storms were really terrible - they're pretty much all gone around here.

Twin_Cam Dork
10/27/08 1:34 p.m.

I was gonna say '80s Toyota or Nissan.

sachilles New Reader
10/27/08 1:58 p.m.

I think it was the south african minis that were the worst.

Fiat is right up there. Early toyota trucks rusted pretty easily.

Type Q
Type Q Reader
10/27/08 2:00 p.m.

I think Karmann Ghias were shipped with rust from the factories as well.

Autolex Reader
10/27/08 2:13 p.m.

rocker panels in front of rear wheels on miata?

wetpossum New Reader
10/27/08 2:15 p.m.

There was a movie back in the day about the production of Porsche 356's. In the beginning of the film, there's a scene of the sheet metal being stored outside in the rain, then brought in and placed directly in the stamping dies. If your Porsche was made from a piece of steel that was in the middle of the stack, it was likely to be ok, but if you got one from the top or bottom, your car was screwed.

Toyota FJ55 Land Crusiers have several built in rust traps underneath the car that allows mud to pack in and not escape, even with judicious power washing.

spitfirebill HalfDork
10/27/08 2:16 p.m.

Fiats an Alfas. But I think the IH stuff may have been worse. I guess their usage helped that along a lot.

I may have dreamed this, but I think I heard the some Spitfires were destroyed because they were rusted when they came off the boat. When I restored my MkI Spitfire, there was a belt of unprimed and unpainted metal inside the fenders and sills. Guess where the rust was the worst.

Apexcarver SuperDork
10/27/08 2:16 p.m.

any datsun?

ignorant SuperDork
10/27/08 2:22 p.m.

the american made pickup truck beds on the early toyota pickups..

frames on toyotas.. past and present.

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/27/08 2:22 p.m.

I think Samurais have to qualify if Jeeps do, and for the same reasons.

PubBurgers HalfDork
10/27/08 2:24 p.m.

Old VW Bug's and Honda CRX's.

I've had 6 CRX's and roughly 0 of them had no significant rust.

bravenrace HalfDork
10/27/08 2:26 p.m.

1969 AMC Rebel for sure. At least it was in my Dad's case, although Ford gave him a bunch of money because his '71 Ford Country Squire self-destructed in about 2 years. On the flip side, I think '70-'72 Monte Carlos were some of the least rust prone cars of that era, based on how many are still driving around in the rust belt.

bravenrace HalfDork
10/27/08 2:28 p.m.
ddavidv wrote: ...Nothing has engineered obsolescence built into it's panels like a mid 70s Chevy pickup,...

My '77 rusted while sitting in the garage, literally. There were piles of rust under it! I still have that truck, and I still love it nevertheless.

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