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Old 08-02-2006, 09:07 PM
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My cars are the older variety, and I've always wondered why the driver's side always seems to suffer worse rust problems. For example, I'm in the middle of a rehab of the '72 El Camino and the driver's side of the radiator support, brackets, door, etc all seem to be in worse condition than the other side.

Could this be some alien plot?

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The weight of the driver causes water to run to that side and pool up. Then the springs sag and make it a permanent list, and the water makes its own drain outlet exactly where it needs to be.

Old Chevys never die, they just go faster, because the floorboards & fenders rust out and they get lighter, right?
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Old 08-02-2006, 10:26 PM
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Is that a speed secret?
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I would venture a guess that because you open the drivers door every time you use the car, and the passenger side gets used less frequently, The drivers side would get more exposure to moisture from inside. Also when you get in the car and put your wet feet, shoes, flippers , whatever on the floor you dump some more water in there. I would think also that when you drive on two way streets the oncoming cars splash more water and abrasive material such as sand and salt up into the drivers side of the car than what you get splashed from the curb. (do they salt roads there?)

Perhaps an easy way to test this theory would be to see if cars that RH drive and are driven on the left side of the road, such as in europe rust out more on the RH side.

If the theory is disproven then I would say alien involvement was certain.

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Old 08-03-2006, 09:03 AM
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No, Thursday is cookie day.

Any comments from our British friends?


PS: Only a CA guy would ask if they use salt here!
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One thought came to mind..........The drivers door is the most used on a car so it stands to reason that the door gasket will get a lot more wear and tear on it ( being compressed...un-compressed etc). Also the door latch and hinges are getting more wear also and as they wear the door does not close or seal as tight.
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No, Thursday is cookie day.

Any comments from our British friends?


PS: Only a CA guy would ask if they use salt here!

I ,consider myself more of a nowhere man.
Although I like it here, I only live in California.

I was born in Brooklyn NY, I also lived in Vermont , Maine, and I (almost) finished my last 2 years of high school in New Hampshire.
I know they used salt in NH.

Cookies are ok too
Please send skippy over with some.
hahahaha
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