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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2324 times:
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I just felt like posting something stupid. Do you have a rusty truck? Nothing like a rusted out pile of junk truck, such as this 1986 Chevrolet 3/4 ton. This is my third pitiful truck. There is something satisfying about it. You can throw junk in it and run over curbs and such and not worry about it. Michigan is great because we have no inspection at all so as long as you can buy a license plate you can drive it. I have a rusty 85 Honda too, but nothing beats a old sad truck. I have two rust free cars. 1980 Mercedes 300TD and 2005 Dodge Magnum.

This truck is so sad it was free. It had no rear brakes, no lights, no signals, and a rusted out fuel tank. I was able to fix it with junk I had laying around the shop and a gas tank from a buddy, who had it laying around the farm. If you have a rusty truck or car post a pick. I always wanted to have a car show full of junk.

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1986 Chevy 3/4 ton, with a 350 and a THM-400
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Bryan in a rust hole of an 86 Chevy 3/4 ton, fixing fuel tank sending unit



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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Thread starter):
Nothing like a rusted out pile of junk truck, such as this 1986 Chevrolet 3/4 ton.

Perfect for running around on the old ranch and oilfield roads around here! I learned to drive in a 1976 Chevy 1/2 ton with a 350. Lots of fun!


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

I have a '79 GMC Jimmy thats has some rust. Trying to find some pictures of when I attempted a half ass restoration, but can't find any.


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2298 times:
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Quoting Queso (Reply 1):
learned to drive in a 1976 Chevy 1/2 ton with a 350. Lots of fun!

The gas tank in my 86 came from a 76 1/2 ton. My buddy Zac put a new bed on his 76, it was from an 83 with only a single tank. So the other tank came out and into my truck. It was like an organ donation.

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 2):
I have a '79 GMC Jimmy thats has some rust

When I was a kid a friend of mine's dad had a 78 Blazer, with the cool woodgrain dash, with a rotary dial phone in it. He was lawyer and I remember I got to use it twice to call my parents when we were late coming home from boy scout functions. I would love to have a rotary dial phone in my car.



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

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User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Well right now my truck would best be considered frozen as it is -42 outside, I have it plugged in though and hopefully it will start when I leave here. But secondly it would be considered rusty and with multi-colored body panels it is a good Alaskan bush truck.

User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2293 times:

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 5):
Well right now my truck would best be considered frozen as it is -42 outside, I have it plugged in though and hopefully it will start when I leave here.

I sure hope the heater works in it.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
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Quoting Matt D (Reply 4):
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That is a sweet International. I would drive that. My 66 F-100, which I painted with a brush, had a horn like that. I took it off my old boat. That Ford wrecker and Chevy Greenbrier van are cool too.

Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 5):
But secondly it would be considered rusty and with multi-colored body panels it is a good Alaskan bush truck.

That would be a good truck anywhere. You can't beat a truck that has been put together from other trucks.

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 6):
I sure hope the heater works in it.

Me too. A buddy of mine has a 78 Ford F-250 from Canada and it has a little sign on the dash near the heater controls that says Super Heater. I have never seen that on a US model. NAPA does list it in their computer for heater cores. It is a larger core. I saw it when I bought a core for my 77 F-150.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14142 posts, RR: 62
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

Yes!

Though I've spent much of last summer welding up the rust holes on my 1989 Suzuki Samurai.

Jan


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2276 times:
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Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 8):
Though I've spent much of last summer welding up the rust holes on my 1989 Suzuki Samurai.

Those are a notoriously rusty vehicle. You never see them in Detroit, they rusted away years ago.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14142 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2274 times:

They are actually quite popular with hunters, forestry workers and farmers around here. Small, cheap, but quite good off roads.
I want mine to make it to tax reduced veteran car status, 12 years to go!

Jan


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
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Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
I want mine to make it to tax reduced veteran car status, 12 years to go!

What is that?

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
Small, cheap, but quite good off roads.

That is always what I have heard about them. Not a bad little rig. I'd drive one. Of course I'll drive just about anything.



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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
but quite good off roads.

The mud holes must not be very deep over there I guess.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
I want mine to make it to tax reduced veteran car status, 12 years to go!

It only takes 25 years to reach antique status here. A special permenant plate for a one time only fee, no inspection required, and only taxed $20-25 depending on gross weight.



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2265 times:
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Quoting Go3Team (Reply 12):
It only takes 25 years to reach antique status here. A special permenant plate for a one time only fee, no inspection required, and only taxed $20-25 depending on gross weight.

Same in Michigan and Missouri. The only downside is that you you have to keep a log and are limited to 3000 miles per year. You are only allowed to drive to/from repair shops, cars shows, races, club events etc. The state doesn't check but some cops will ask for the log book if you get pulled over. It happened to me in St. Louis once.

In Michigan we can even use an old plate from the year of your car/truck. So if you have a 1955 Chevy and you find a 55 plate you can take it to the Secretary of State office and get it registered to your car. I am looking for a 1980 Michigan tag by the way. I am a bit concerned if the cops will give me trouble when I drive it in another state. It would be legal, but I wonder if the average cop in another state would know Michigan allows that kind of plate.



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User currently offlineJBo From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 2381 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

I drive a '93 Sunbird in the winters and a '93 Jimmy in the summer. Both have a bit of rust on them, but the Sunbird is worse, so I let that get eaten away by the Michigan road salt in the winter rather than the 4x4 Jimmy.

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 13):
In Michigan we can even use an old plate from the year of your car/truck. So if you have a 1955 Chevy and you find a 55 plate you can take it to the Secretary of State office and get it registered to your car. I am looking for a 1980 Michigan tag by the way. I am a bit concerned if the cops will give me trouble when I drive it in another state. It would be legal, but I wonder if the average cop in another state would know Michigan allows that kind of plate.

I'm not sure if you can get just a 1980 sticker tag for Michigan. I believe in 1980 they simply renewed the black-and-white 1979 plates with a sticker. If you can find one of those, you're in luck. The blue plates started in 1983.

(Fun fact: I have at least one Michigan plate from every year from 1966 til 1979 ... and of course a bunch of blue plates)

[Edited 2007-01-06 06:09:14]


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
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Quoting JBo (Reply 14):
Fun fact: I have at least one Michigan plate from every year from 1966 til 1979 ... and of course a bunch of blue plates

A know a guy, Dave Van Hine, from Frankenmuth, who has a Michigan plate from every year. They are all tacked up in his garage. I met the guy collecting brewery memorabilia and I have given him three plates, 2001, 2002, and 2004. He also has a bar made entirely out of Carling Black label cans from the 70s that he drank. He is an interesting character.

Quoting JBo (Reply 14):
I believe in 1980 they simply renewed the black-and-white 1979 plates with a sticker. If you can find one of those, you're in luck

That is true. I have seen 81 and 82s but I have not run across one with an 80 sticker. I always keep my eyes peeled.



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3649 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

We've got a 1996 F-150. It's not too old and rusty yet, but we plan on keeping it until the wheels fall off.

Its great for hauling junk and camping.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14142 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 12):
Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 10):
but quite good off roads.

The mud holes must not be very deep over there I guess.

With the right springs and wheels about a foot clearance.

Jan


User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2224 times:

Well, you're not a real Alaskan unless you have a rusted out truck in the yard, and I have 2. (Used to be 2 and a rusted out kitchen trailer, but somebody bought the trailer). They're not mine, but the owner of the duplex, but she's in Korea for the winter, so I can pretend they're mine for now. If it wasn't dark and freakin' cold out (-30F), I would go take a pic because they're special trucks. One is an old (20 years maybe) grey GMC Jimmy that has definitely seen better days. The other is my favorite, a really old purple/pink Land Cruiser or something like that with spectaclar rust holes. I think it's from the late 60's/early 70's. I have no clue if it runs, but no vehicle truly dies in Alaska, so someone around here can make it run.

As a side note, Fairbanks does not salt the roads, so used vehicles up here may be beat to hell, but they usually aren't rusted too badly.



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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 13):
You are only allowed to drive to/from repair shops, cars shows, races, club events etc. The state doesn't check but some cops will ask for the log book if you get pulled over.

Almost the same rules, but allowed some recreational driving. A 150 or 250 mile radius is the farthest you can supposedly drive from your house. I don't have the nads to take mine that far. While not allowed to drive to/from work, I figure that 1 trip each way a week is ok. A log isn't required. I have never been stopped and checked either. As for driving out of state, it isn't allowed in the rules, but those are the rules of my state. All states would have to have the same rules in order for that to work, but they don't.

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 17):
With the right springs and wheels about a foot clearance.

Yep, I didn't know if the US had the only people who did that to their trucks. Mine is lifted 4 inches, and has 35 inch tires on it.



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User currently offlineCharger From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 13):
In Michigan we can even use an old plate from the year of your car/truck. So if you have a 1955 Chevy and you find a 55 plate you can take it to the Secretary of State office and get it registered to your car. I am looking for a 1980 Michigan tag by the way. I am a bit concerned if the cops will give me trouble when I drive it in another state. It would be legal, but I wonder if the average cop in another state would know Michigan allows that kind of plate.

We have the same thing here in NY.


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

I've had three of them. I tend to keep a truck for a long time.

1939 Dodge, flathead six three on the floor. Bought it for fifty bucks, licensed, insured, street-legal and in showroom condition except the frame and engine were browned with surface rust. I let the insurance lapse because I only drove it on the ranch. Sold it to my stepfather. He was going down a logging road one day and met a truck. He'd neglected the brakes so he couldn't stop and I think the truck driver just didn't like him. He drove the pickup up the bank and the Kenworth sideswiped him, smashing in the cab and tearing the bed off the frame. I got it back but pushed it off a cliff when I went in the Army.

1961 Dodge 3/4 ton, long-bed with a 318 V-8. Ugliest vehicle I've ever owned. I stripped a hundred feet of useless electrical wire out of it including some Romex. One day the throttle stuck wide open but I drove it home anyway. I just turned the key off when it got going too fast and back on before it stopped. Finally sold it to a struggling kid for one dollar.

1988 Ford F-150 4WD with the 300CI six. "The Bitch" Love this thing. Don't care what I throw in the back. Don't mind when the brush has grown in on the roads up in the mountains. Keep it mechanically solid and don't care what it looks like. Of course I wash and wax it often because that is good for preserving the bodywork, but I don't do this to make it pretty. That would be a lost cause. The rust is confined to the tailgate and one dent.

I wouldn't give a nickel for a new, pretty pickup. I'd rather drive a car if I have to be careful with the damn thing. The bitch is my lifeline to town when the snow piles up.



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User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

Here in AZ rust is a rare sight thankfully. I used to have a Land Rover that I used to offroad a lot and that thing was the ultimate rust bucket. Slam the doors too hard and rust flakes would fall off the chassis!

So I do have a couple of trucks and neither of them have rust. Yee-hah!



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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Quoting Falstaff (Thread starter):

By the way the rust you show in your pictures is exceedingly rare in other parts of the country. It is the result of your putting salt on your roads.

For those who have not seen this done, when there is a little snow or ice on the roads they spread salt on it. It melts the ice by lowering the freeze point of the water. Problem is it prevents your thousand dollar fender-bender by guaranteeing the total, uninsured loss of your car over about a ten year period due to rusting. That whole part of the world you can see cars driving down the highway with a fender flapping - held on by only a couple of bolts.

I just learned, to my horror and disgust, that due to the invasion of California refugees here in northern Nevada, NDoT has started salting the roads in some places. Way to go California! Destroy the Lake Tahoe / Truckee River watershed and Pyramid Lake with salt runoff just because you are too lazy or stupid to learn how to drive on ice.

Damn I hate that state!



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User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 23):
By the way the rust you show in your pictures is exceedingly rare in other parts of the country. It is the result of your putting salt on your roads.

The problem will only get worse with "liquid sunshine". It is a much more corrosive liquid form of the salt treatment. My 2003 model truck at work is suffering from it now.



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25 Post contains images Go3Team : Pictures of the beast:
26 ArmitageShanks : Why don't I see a WOW sticker?
27 Post contains images Go3Team : You have to look a little closer: And just to make sure... Car: [Edited 2007-01-06 21:11:07]
28 Post contains images Falstaff : That is a good motor. I had a 66 with that in it. Ran great. You didn't need a indicator to check for cylinder tapper, you could see it, especially i
29 MD11Engineer : I'm still looking for a WW2 era Dodge WC51 in need of restoration. Jan
30 Post contains images Adopim88 : Well, I have a 1988 Chevy Blazer. Sometimes I wonder if it's the rust that holds it together. Haha.
31 BristolFlyer : It was a real pain in the ar5e in England. Every year cars over a certain age have to pass a test called an 'MOT' which determines whether or not the
32 FlyingTexan : GAWD NOTHIN' LIKE A GOOD OLE PILE OF AH TRUCH!! My neighbor has a 1958 Chevy Apache (4 headlights, small window, 283/3 on the tree). Drove it since it
33 Go3Team : We can start the A.Net K5 Club.
34 Post contains images Adopim88 : Ooooh! Do I get a T-shirt?!
35 Post contains images Go3Team : How's this for a retort: Only if someone splashs water on it.
36 Post contains images Adopim88 : I'll take it!
37 KaiGywer : I'll take the picture
38 Post contains images Go3Team : Missed this one the first time.. Thanks, I guess. It's on its way!
39 Adopim88 : Okay, let's get it moving!
40 Go3Team : I was thinking the same thing.
41 Post contains images Adopim88 : And you can bring your rusty truck too!
42 Post contains images KaiGywer : Move what?!
43 Post contains images Go3Team : Remember the cartoon with the car with its tongue hanging out? Thats my Jimmy if it tried to make the trip. Each tank of gas requires the same amount
44 Post contains images Falstaff : Must be a two stroke
45 Adopim88 : My lovely rust bucket has an oil leak as of now. almost running at a quart a day...
46 Go3Team : Actually is a 5 stroke... The standard 4 + the one I have trying to get it places, smelling the fumes coming thru the floorboard, because the exhaust
47 Post contains images Falstaff : My Mercedes had that problem for a while. I would drive a 100 miles and use a quart of oil. Once I replaced the gasket between the engine block and t
48 Go3Team : Is it a diesel? If so, was it the style oil filter that had all those vacuum lines around it, and if you accidently caused a leak, the engine wouldn'
49 Adopim88 : I have a bunch of rocks for a driveway... it's gravel and my parking spot has just big purple rocks. Oh well... I'll get it fixed eventually.
50 Go3Team : You can look at it this way. The oil changes itself, all you have to do is put a new filter on every once in awhile.
51 Adopim88 : Haha, good way to look at it, except putting oil in it that often is quite a bit more expensive....
52 Go3Team : But think of how clean it is. Depending on where the leak is coming from, it's better off to let it leak.
53 JBo : Interesting, indeed. All the old plates I have were dug out of my grandpa's garage when we cleaned it out. Our old van came to more or less that fate
54 Falstaff : Thats the car. I had that happen on a 300D I was working on before I bought one. It was a head scratcher, until I talked to a mechanic with experienc
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