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Old 05-04-2011, 01:21 PM
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Default Antique cars around the beach

Any of you guy carry your antique cars to leave around the coastal waters
for a few months in the summer if so do they tolerate the salt water well?
I have a old vw I would like to carry an leave but not to sure if it would
accumalate alot off rust that quick.I have no garage so it would be in the open.
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Salt air and water ruins houses and boats.

I wouldn't have any kind of valuable old car around if I liked it.
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I bought a new truck in June that came straight from the Ford factory to the dealer and sat on their lot for 3 days before I picked it up. Within a week and a half most of my underbody was starting to show some rust and that was before I'd ever even trailered my boat with it.

That salt air anywhere near the coast will take it's toll pretty quick so if I were you I'd avoid bringing my car near it at all costs if you don't absolutely have to, especially an antique that might be more prone to rust and the rust might have more of an effect on the aesthetic appeal than it does on my work truck for example.
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Pumped gas in a beach town during high school and college summers. We had an annual antique car show and each year the owners of some nice old cars would give us a pretty penny to park their cars in our service bays overnight. Salt air works the same as it did then, I wouldn't take a classic old car near the beach if I didn't have someplace put it inside at night.
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Lock it in an air-tight shipping container and it will not rust. Guaranteed.
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I call BS. I live 300 feet from saltwater, none, I repeat none of my cars have any rust or rot on them, I have been living here for 10 years now and have the same car. None of my neighbors cars have rust either. One guy has a 65 mustang and a mid 80s monte carlo. No rust, all original paint. Now, if you are parking so close that you are getting spray and mist from the ocean, thats a different story.


BTW, would you like to buy some undercoating?
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Humidity and salt are the killer like we have on the east coast. If you use one of those inflatable bubbles that encases the car in a large clear bag with constant air circulation you will have no issues. My uncle just bought a '69 ish Challenger that was kept in one of those in a garage next to the bay in southern NJ for years and had no issues.
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Originally Posted by GravyBoat View Post
Now, if you are parking so close that you are getting spray and mist from the ocean, thats a different story.
I'm in South Jersey where the barrier islands are only a mile or 2 wide at best. We'll get mist off the ocean anywhere on those islands. It's those "cool ocean breezes" that everyone wants to enjoy during the summer.
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Originally Posted by GravyBoat View Post
I call BS. I live 300 feet from saltwater, none, I repeat none of my cars have any rust or rot on them, I have been living here for 10 years now and have the same car. None of my neighbors cars have rust either. One guy has a 65 mustang and a mid 80s monte carlo. No rust, all original paint. Now, if you are parking so close that you are getting spray and mist from the ocean, thats a different story.


BTW, would you like to buy some undercoating?
Have the owner of the 65 Mustang crawl under the dash and look at the fresh air pot hats, especially behind the glove box. These areas were never painted from the factory and rusted out very quickly even away from the coastal areas. Other cars of that era never had paint applied inside of the doors either. Crank the side windows down and shine a flashlight into the cavity. I've seen some really bad rust inside of the doors but the car looked shiny as new on the outside.

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