10 signs that your classic muscle car is rusting; this is one of those articles that could encompass a lot of different ideas. I will stick to the things that I have seen over the years restoring classic cars. I hope you don’t mind if I ramble on a bit I always get back to the theme of the article.
Over the years I have dealt with rust in a lot of different forms, and I may present this articles in a way that is a bit different but by the time you read it Stop Rust you will know if your car is beginning to rust, or if it has full blown body cancer.
First I will forge on with a numbered list of the 10 signs that your classic muscle car is rusting.
1. Paint bubbling this is always a tell tail sign that rust has started in your car
2. Paint flaking is another definite sign of rust, these two are the obvious ones
3. Rock chips are turning black or brown
4. The edges of doors, hoods, or trunk lid are starting to crack
5. Small pin holes in the body of your car (any body panel)
6. Any area that feels weak to the touch has rusted from the inside (Body Cancer)
7. Paint changing colors, and you can’t fix it, this is a sign of the beginning of body cancer
8. Bigger holes in the floor board, rocker panels, or trunk floor (Body Cancer)
9. Fender wells are a common spot to get Body Cancer, they will develop holes
10. The fire wall in your engine compartment is a common place to rust, it will usually come from between the areas where they join two pieces of metal together.
The one thing that you need to remember about rust is that it is very hard to stop it from destroying your car once it has started the process. The biggest reason that rust starts in the first place is that people don’t wash their cars enough.
Dirt; leafs and road grime will get in every crack and cranny of your car; these things hold moisture in and cause your car to rust. There are always things like rock chips in the paint, or bad body work that can cause rust also, so make sure that any work done on your car is done right.
In every case with body cancer the affected area must be cut out and replaced there is no easier, or shorter way to do it. Surface rust can be fixed by grinding the affected area clean, and repainting it. I know it all sounds like a ton of work, that is because it is.
Your best bet is to wash your car at least once per week if you drive it. In my next article I will talk more about rust prevention. This happens during the restoration of a car, you can make cars almost rust proof if you do it right, but that is in the next article.
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