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rust suck's!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by gotmud?, Aug 22, 2002.

  1. gotmud?

    gotmud? 1/2 ton status

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    rust suck\'s!

    just how rust free are vehicles(mid 80's or older) out west R-E-A-L-Y? thinking about selling my 86 flying out west and driving one back, I love my truck /forums/images/icons/smile.gif but by the time you replace all the rotted out part's you will have a fortune invested in just body work /forums/images/icons/mad.gifso just how clean are they out there? think I could get a pretty nice one for 6K or less?I have family in AZ. so I'm thinking somthing from AZ.maybe. That way I could spend a couple of day's checking out whatever I buy before driving it 2K mile's home. GRIM: meant to post this in non-4x4 feel free to move if you like.
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Re: rust suck\'s!

    I bought an 82 Blazer from Austin Texas last year. I crawled underneath and it looked like it had just rolled off the assembly line yesterday.../forums/images/icons/cool.gif That truck had absolutely zero rust anywhere!

    AZ, NM, TX and S. Cali are great places to find absolutely rust free trucks.

    Rene
     
  3. YtseJam

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    Re: rust suck\'s!

    My buddy just went to Arizona and said he saw a truck just like my 74 and it was all original, not a spec of rust on it, and it had never been restored. He said they were everywhere! So I'm sure they're out there.
    Here's something I've seen a lot of guys doing, After repairing the underside of all rust. They get it undercoated with spray on bed liner material. A friend of mine did that 4 years ago and hasn't had a spec of rust return.

    P.S. I live in New England where they salt and sand the streets.
     
  4. Monster

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    Re: rust suck\'s!

    I live in New Jersey and a man from Az moved up here and had a 86 K5 which I bought off him. It had no rust what so ever.I lucked out. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Re: rust suck\'s!

    you can find them in nj without rust.. I bought a 1982 chevy diesel pickup and the only rust I have is behind the rear wheel well and it is a tiny spot.. look at my pics.. I dented up the drivers side door though and new ones are only $75... so there is my $58... /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
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    Re: rust suck\'s!

    I live in Michigan also and I just bought a '78 Blazer that just came up from either north or south carolina ( I forget which one ) and I can not believe the shape it is in. There are a couple of little spots of surface rust underneith the hood and underneith the truck but that is it! I wish my '91 toyota was in half as good of shape.
    My blazer will probably never see a Michigan winter as long as I own it, those older vehicles did not use the same sheet metal as newer vehicles do today. I am not sure exactly when they switched but I think they use some kind of galvanized sheet metal these days. I'll bet It would take about 3 years for my blazer to turn into a rusted out piece of crap if I drove it during the winter. Salt on the roads sucks.So I would say go for it, Fly down there and pick something up. They don't know how good they have it down south of the snow belt.
     
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    Re: rust suck\'s!

    I bought an AZ truck 3 years ago and there was like zero rust anywhere. The paint was fried and cracked and there still wasn't any rust where stuff was exposed. That 0.01% humidity is awfully kind to old iron. Since I drive it year-round in Michigan, I had all the paint fixed and healthy undercoating done. Now after 3 winters here where they salt the roads like McDonald's does their fries at any hint of snow, I am getting my first bits of rust in front of the tailgate and inside the rockers. But that's about the same thing that would have happened if I had bought it new in 1984 and drove it the same way.

    It's a lot better to get a body that's never had rust, then to "fix" the rust on a body that's already seen some corrosion. Maybe it's just me, but I also hate any rust on the frame, axles and everything else underneath.

    It's also got to be easier and cheaper to sell a truck and buy a new one that bolt on new body parts and paint, etc. It's also easy enough to swap over a lift, tires, etc. that you have on the old truck.
     

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