Best way to protect car from rust?

schelini

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I am buying an 88 lx in a couple days and will probably have to drive it home. I live in NY and salt and snow is gonna get everywhere so what is the best way to protect it from rusting? Will 1 4 hour drive home cause any rust issues in the future?
 
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90sickfox

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Rinse the bottom of the car off as soon as possible. If you can get an above freezing day a lawn sprinkler will work if the car isn't too low.

Rinse the wheel wells and strut tower area if nothing else.
 

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Don't drive it in the winter?

I only say that because back in 2006 I picked up an'87 notch with 14,000 miles on it from Massachusetts. The owner swore it was rust free except a tiny little bit on the roof and door, and the worst of it on the bottom lip of the deck lid.

Turns out the rust on the undercarriage was so bad I've seen submerged WWII planes that were in better shape.

Thankfully, most of the sheet metal wasn't rusted through except for the lip of the deck lid and a tiny spot on the trunk opening. The springs and other chassis components were another story — but those are easier and cheaper to replace.

I still haven't gotten it back on the road and is currently in pieces and waiting for me to get back to it — but the weather out there can be harsh on them even with only 14,000 miles of exposure.

I know Eastwood sells a Road Salt Neutralizer, but I've never used it myself. They seem to be out of stock at the moment.
 

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Rent an enclosed trailer or ship it enclosed.

Otherwise wash the hell out of it when you get home including the underside.
 

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I am buying an 88 lx in a couple days and will probably have to drive it home. I live in NY and salt and snow is gonna get everywhere so what is the best way to protect it from rusting? Will 1 4 hour drive home cause any rust issues in the future?
I’m in NY myself and even though I may get the urge on those nice Feb days, I won’t drive it with all the sand and salt on the roads. April will be here soon enough !
 

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I am buying an 88 lx in a couple days and will probably have to drive it home. I live in NY and salt and snow is gonna get everywhere so what is the best way to protect it from rusting? Will 1 4 hour drive home cause any rust issues in the future?
If there’s no rust right now there’s probably no problem. If you’re worried take to a full service car wash on a dry day and get the underbody wash.
 

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Rinsing will get most of the salt off but it will I doubt you can reach everywhere. Like above the fuel tank and behind the bumper covers.
Also oil or greasing can't reach everywhere. I do both but only to slow the rusting on daily drivers. On a true never winter driven car. It must NEVER be winter driven.
 

90sickfox

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Ziebart coatings have worked on a bunch if my older cars. You set an appointment and they coat the inside of the panels and undercarriage of the car. My 84 had ziebart and never rusted except for a very small spot where the exhaust rubbed the rear frame rail. My 88 econoline has it too and has no rust under the van ( other than normal surface rust on bare frame ). No scaling and this has been my winter storm driver for about 5 years in maryland. The stuff works. The factory used to use it....if it has blue plastic plugs in the rockers it's been ziebarted.
 
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schelini

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Thanks for all the tips! Ended up not buying the car but there are some more I'll be checking out soon. I'll probably just get it shipped home when I buy one