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Username Post: Comfort with rust        (Topic#347089)
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09-10-17 09:52 PM - Post#2707349    

As my handle implies, I'm a newbie who got bit by the classic car bug the last couple years. That's my fair warning on what may be a rookie question.

I'm looking at a 62 Impala that was advertised as a no rust car. I got some pics including the one attached here. It looks to me like that's at least some decent surface level rust. I'm out in California and the car is in the South and I've seen different regions have different takes on what's actually rusty or not.

I'll get someone out there to take a look at the car anyways but wondering if any on here wanted to throw in there two cents on what's in the pic and level of effort on "cleaning it up".

Thanks in advance and I'm sure this won't be my last rookie question!


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09-11-17 06:24 PM - Post#2707423    
    In response to OldRookie72

thats nothing to be concerned about. It is typical light surface rust of an unpainted metal surface. It can be easily removed, primed and painted as you like. The primary areas to look for rust are in the frame rails, floor pans and sheet metal. Check the lower rear section of the front fenders, rear quarter panels behind the rear wheels. Also the rear window channels at the bottom and corners. Water sits in there and has a tendancy to rust through (eventually finding its way to the trunk floor). Ask questions and get as many pictures as can of those areas.

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09-11-17 07:33 PM - Post#2707438    
    In response to 66cayne

That is perfectly fine. Usually when a car is advertised as rust free, the seller is referring mainly to the body panels.

Some days it's not worth chewing through the restraints.

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09-13-17 03:06 PM - Post#2707581    
    In response to wagonman100

I agree with the last 2 guys...the frame and suspension looks fine in these pics...surface rust only.

But it's the body that you need to be most concerned with. Rocker panels, lower fenders, under windows, around the driprail on wagons, etc. These are all thin sheetmetal and will rust over 60 years. Some worse than others.

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10-19-17 06:54 PM - Post#2711429    
    In response to WagonCrazy

Obviously not a NY vehicle.

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11-26-17 11:39 AM - Post#2715795    
    In response to OldRookie72

I think I'd like to see more pics. Initial impression is that it's ok - the suspension wishbone etc don't appear to have been attacked by salt, so the rest of the rust is probably superficial. But you can tell the whole car from this one pic. I'm from the UK, so I know all about alt! It just destroys everything! But it normally leaves a brighter red rust than the brown rust in this pic.


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