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Old 08-16-2004, 09:54 PM
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My dad won't let me use the truck in the cow yard so i have to drive my car this winter, and i live in illinois which salts the roads like theres no tomarrow! Can anybody give me tips besides keep the under body clean? The thing that made me the madest is that my car is a 63' falcon and I don't believe that it should have to endure another classic car killer of a winter. So any tips would really help. Thanks

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Old 08-16-2004, 10:33 PM
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i know how ya feal... i drive a 66 chevy every winter up here in wisconsin... crawl under your car with a air hose and look for all the drain holes in the floor suports or any pockets and blow the crap outa em get em clean. so yeah keep her clean like ya said. also i know this is kinda sloppy, but before we get snow i covered some of chrome close to the road with a thin layer of grease. and since my truck is rusty already i soaked the rust spots with oil lol. also keep the paint on your car in good shape, wax her and fix any scratches in the paint. if you have any leaks around your windshield or truck fix those to... you will be happy you did it.. and lets not forget washer fluid and wipers... get yours working if its not.. not being able to see is the quickest way to ruin a car in the winter... other than that i am looking for sugestions as well.
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:40 PM
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Thanks a lot for the tips, this gives me something to do tomarrow before I go to work. Also is there any kind of spray (besides spray paint) that I could cover the whole under side of my car that would prevent any rust?
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:49 PM
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Spend a couple hundred bucks and get yourself a "beater" car for the winter. Save your ride the abuse. Couple hundred bucks for a POS for the winter vs. future repair costs (rust, paint, etc.). Just my opinion...
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Old 08-16-2004, 10:58 PM
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I think they still make body shutz, undercoating by 3m if I remember right. Guys around here will park over a sprinkler after a trip to the coast to rinse the undersides. Dan
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Get all of the drain holes cleaned out like Old School Nut said and then shoot tranny fluid into all of the doors and fenders. This will keep the water out of the seams. I've also used WD40 and just sprayed it in all of the drain holes until everything was soaked. You have to stay on top of the WD40 though cause it does evaporate. I usually spray down the cars every couple of weeks with the WD40 during the winter.
It makes a mess though so plan to do a lot of cleaning if you are going to paint it later.
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Old 08-17-2004, 08:13 AM
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Boy, I feel for you guys! I could ride a bike to work 365 days of the year if I felt like it. I have to admit you guys are pretty tough to take all that. My hat's off to you.
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I'm with Huckster. Winter Beater....

It's a tried and true, economical solution for us "salt belt" car guys.

You can usually get a few winters out of them too. Plus you can drive it like a rental, if you know what I mean :-)



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Thank you all for the tips, Im gonna try them all. But hopefully I can get a beater for the next couple winters. Thanks again!

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Old 08-17-2004, 04:41 PM
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Spend a couple hundred bucks and get yourself a "beater" car for the winter. Save your ride the abuse. Couple hundred bucks for a POS for the winter vs. future repair costs (rust, paint, etc.). Just my opinion...
Thats what I would do.
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