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Technical Anyone been on the salt with chrome suspension parts?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by hotdamn, May 1, 2021.

  1. I’ll be heading to the salt with my Bro @hotdamn this year and wondered if any one had any recommendations for a pre treatment to spray the underside down. I’ll be covering the bottom of the floor on my 39 with spray on bed liner and have been looking at things that could be done right before we make the trek.
    I’was looking at Fluid Film and Wool Wax as it doesn’t appear to be permanent but a yearly application. Or would we be better off just spraying everything down with a couple cans of Gibbs? Any recommendations?
     
  2. Ducbsa
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    A friend told me that he took his 155 mph Bonneville bike apart to clean away the salt.
     
  3. I used fluid film on my OT truck before I went to the salt in '19....sprayed it every where I thought salt might go. It did keep the salt from sticking, but the salt/water can creep into places the fluid film wont go...like seams.
     
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  4. theHIGHLANDER
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    If you're done painting for good (mostly) good ol cheap silicone spray works for seams. Spray all the housing joints and let it dribble. Pam cooking spray keeps grass off mower decks, wonder how well it works for salt. FWIW, and not to be too Mr Science about it, salt becomes corrosive mixed with water at anything above 34 deg F. Some good wax or silicone coatings, liberal and judicious washing, and when you think you got it all do it again. Dry salt doesn't corrode, needs water. Water is shed by waxes and silicones. Cheap waxes are best, don't waste money on big dollar shit. I had a 6-figure Packard on the salt in 91. Yeah, I spent 2 days + cleaning it. Never saw any rust but would I do it again? Maybe if I had help. Did I say wash it a lot? Yup. But also DRY IT WELL in hot sun (not hard for us, right?). Salt needs water to corrode steel. Brain food...
     
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  5. 5window
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    The US Dollar was based on the Spanish dollar,well known from the 16th century. It was worth 8 "reales" and to make change was generally cut up into 8 bits-Long John Silver's "Pieces of Eight". Our quarter of a dollar is equal to Two Bits-aka the famous "Shave and a Haircut..."
     
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  6. Stan Back
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    Here're a couple tricks I learned too late. If you're driving around with your windows down, cover the top of the door opening. I wasn't that bright. And drill some holes in the door bottoms to release the salt water. Not bright there, either.

    If you're still scared, just paint some numbers and letters on your doors and stay in the casino parking lot. Most of your admirers won't know the difference.
     
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  7. Dennis D
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    Two bits, or a quarter
     
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  8. The37Kid
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    All the Rolling Bones cars exist, right?


    Bob
     
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  9. 5window
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    !
     
  10. jimmy six
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    I should say it’s way easier to take apart a race car than the pickups. My race car came apart easily. Pickups don’t...my chrome front end has been on our roadster since 1985...
     
  11. Misbehaven
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    Sure it sucks on the chrome


    I JB weld almost everything the rest I use bubble gum.
    Life is to short to do it right the first time
     
  12. Happydaze
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    I have some bolts frozen in the sleeves of urethene bushes. My bad; not sure if they had anti seize when assembled and it would only have been a mornings work to disassemble and clean following a trip to the salt in 2005. Thankfully I haven't needed to replace any worn bushes since, despite many tens of thousands of miles, but I can hear a clock ticking! Now if I'd have used clevices and tie rod ends I wouldn't have that problem.

    Chris
     
  13. I've been going to Bonneville for years, it's almost in my backyard. The cars I have taken have all been finished top and bottom, painted, polished & chrome.
    The way you drive on the salt will have a lot to do with how much salt you get underneath and on top.
    I take my time getting out on salt and leaving, try to avoid the water filled potholes as much as possible and drive a sensible speed. Stay in the areas that are packed down and stay away from the wetter outer areas.
    When I get home I hose the car down good, jack it up and crawl around underneath for a couple of days with a spray bottle of water and clean what the hose missed.
    Use a little common sense and you won't get as much salt on the undercarriage as you think.

    Mick
     
  14. Stan Back
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    Ya mean you don't get it covered with salt so you can be so kool at the car show?
     
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  15. Tman
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    You are on a roll Jim with the zingers ;) How many miles does your Merc Sedan have on the Salt?
     
  16. SilverJimmy
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    My wife and I have taken this every year except 2011 and drive it everywhere. 7C9EE0E5-12E8-4897-BA3C-D03369CADABE.jpeg We haul it in a trailer to The Bend in the Road, then we haul the trailer out on the salt with it.
    We took it to ElMo last weekend and it got so filthy that I decided to give the old Sami a bath today. Salt came pouring out from all four wheel wells! I know I washed her down good when we got home last August! Good thing we got it for FREE!!! The rust isn’t that bad considering it’s been to Bonneville over 10 times. In 2011 because of scheduling with work we couldn’t do our regular plan. We had to take the wife’s 2002 Toyota Tacoma, HER Tacoma! Somebody either on LandRacing or one of our RodRider friends suggested spraying the underside of the truck with diesel fuel a couple times, letting it kinda dry out between spraying. Wife cried when we had to drive thru the flood at Lands End, but 10 years later, it’s not any rustier than our 2004 F-350 that’s never been on the salt. YMMV!
     
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  17. Stan Back
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    Wheel1.jpg "You are on a roll Jim with the zingers ;) How many miles does your Merc Sedan have on the Salt?"

    On and off for 30 years. Trailered it once from Southern California after one of the 18" Halibrands failed on I-15. Never had it on the salt when I was running the roadster. Never went thru water unless I had to.
     
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  18. Tman
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    I remeber when the Halibrands faild
     

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