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How much rust is too much?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hey_Pauly, Jun 16, 2010.


How much rust is ok?

Poll closed Jun 21, 2010.
  1. Lots of rust is ok with me

    36 vote(s)
  2. A little surface rust is nice

    56 vote(s)
  3. The paint has to be perfect

    14 vote(s)
  4. I want to be able to eat off the bottom of the car

    23 vote(s)
  1. Hey_Pauly
    Joined: Oct 1, 2007
    Posts: 330


    I am curious to hear people's opinions on this subject. What about underneath the car/truck? Is it ok there?
  2. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,448

    Kevin Lee
    Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Too much for what? To fix? To bother with saving the car? To leave as you drive it?
  3. so long as it's not dangerous to drive, it's fine. the one thing you can count on with rust is if there's a little now, it's best to knock it out before it grows because it WILL become a problem eventually. a little patina on the sheet metal looks great on some cars, though. not that fake, "fauxtina" bullshit, though. patina is earned, not bought. some will disagree, but that's just how i feel.
  4. poboyross
    Joined: Apr 29, 2009
    Posts: 2,142

    from West TN

    Whenever I see any, even if I don't have time to address it immediately, I wire brush it and hit it with some rust converter. It may look like crap for now, but I'd rather someone laugh at the black spots on my ride than me cry a river when I can stick my fist through it. Paint is temporary....rust is forever :p

  5. You'll have to take what I tell you with a grain of salt because there are more opinions than arm pits.

    Never the less any rust is too much. It will eventually eat your vehicle.

    That said I'm not real big on the whole frame off resto thing. So I'm probably not going to remove the body from the chassis and put it on a rotisserie on one of my own vehicles. To me that's more of a show car thing than a driver thing.

    If you are having a problem with one rusting through then that is a different problem altogether. Or if its something that bothers you then you should sure deal with it.
  6. nwaringa
    Joined: Oct 1, 2009
    Posts: 173


    I don't believe in trailer queens... I like to drive my vehicles. That being said, I am from Upstate NY and have seen what rust does to cars in one of the worst parts of the country for it. I throw everything I have at rust spots and try to completely minimize them (almost to an obsession like a guy with a trailer queen). The more you minimize it the longer you will have your vehicle without major repair.
  7. HRod 50
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 760

    HRod 50

    I'm not a builder. I'm barely a car guy, hahahah.. Just kidding, but what I am is a guy with alittle experience with rust... I've owned cars with lots of it. My first car when I was 16 had so much rust you could poke your finger wherever you wanted through the metal.. Because of that I've been traumatized by it.. Just ask Rick of Extreme Kustoms, he'll tell you..

    As far as I'm concerned any rust is too much rust.. It's like saying if you know something is just going to get worse why not resolve it now???? I understand time, and money can be the reason but aside from that if you can do something about it, why not do something about it??? The more knowledgable guys will have lots to say, and listen to them, but for me. F Rust!!!!

    Here's a picture of too much rust I found on my Merc....

    Attached Files:

  8. mike1951
    Joined: Jul 15, 2007
    Posts: 706

    from Colorado

    GAH!!! That was/ is a car part?

  9. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,504

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    easy answer,,depends on your abilities ,,and if it compromises the structural integrity and safe
  10. blt2go
    Joined: Oct 27, 2009
    Posts: 551


    rust is the enemy, any is too much. i know alot of people that call it cancer and that is what it is to a car. for the guys that like patina, don't get in a tizzy. i can appreciate a real survivor with nice patina and respect the self control it takes to keep from effing it up. the ones that get my goat are the guys that defend keeping all the rust and think bullet holes add character. there is a cure for rust use it. preserve these fine pieces of history for the future, or else they will go the way of the dinosaur.
  11. really depends on the car!
  12. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,708

    from Hypocrisy

    Another unanswerable question.
  13. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    This one is going to test my patience and my wallet but certainly not too much rust. Now if it were a 4dr '54 Chevy or something along the like only a little bit is far too much. Depends on the car....or the person.....or both. Have you seen flamedabone's work?

  14. It depends on what magazine you're reading.
  15. abone1930
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 1,322


    Man thats in good shape, some patch panels, quaters, and floor:D
    You wanna sell?
  16. I can't stand rust, that shit is nasty. I know to each their own but I just dont get leaving your car all rusty and shithouse. I think it's more of a trendy thing to purposely leave rust all over a car and it will come to pass eventually once the "rat rod" trend is dead. To me there is nothing as beautiful as a perfectly sprayed satin or pearl. But thats just my opinion.
  17. boldventure
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,766


    I don't like any of the choices, don't like rust much either. In most climates if left unchecked all you'll have is rust.
    Back east I too many cars disappear from the bottom up once rust got started.
  18. Mudslinger
    Joined: Aug 3, 2005
    Posts: 1,964


    You need to weigh out what it costs to fix a rusted out basket case compared to buying a better project. Even if you work you ass off for a year or more you still might have a rusted out shit box on your hands. Usually the younger more eager group is willing to work on the extreme cases. I been there done that now I just dont want to deal with extreme cases anymore.
  19. loco_gringo
    Joined: Sep 2, 2009
    Posts: 583


    I hate rust, and this question. Knowing what is too much rust is like recognizing porn, you just know it when you see it.
  20. fordcragar
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 3,179

    from Yakima WA.

    What's the rest of the question?

    I don't have a problem with fixing rusted out sections, because I have all of the tools and knowledge to fix it.

    I don't like to have rust out in my cars, a little surface rust isn't a problem though.
  21. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    I'm like Boldadventure...........any rust is too much.

  22. nwaringa
    Joined: Oct 1, 2009
    Posts: 173


    It will end when their vehicles rust to the ground.... then they will be after ours...
  23. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    It's not rust...
    It's organic louvers.
  24. Francisco Plumbero
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,533

    Francisco Plumbero
    from il.

    I think you mean how much rust is fashionable to drive around with on your car for styles sake, considering the fact that rust is one of those things that just occurs like B.O., hairy legged chicks, neck cheese, toe nail fungus, bvd crack stripe, unibrow, puss eye, or feminine mustache, I would say that its generally not too stylish, now there are those out there who may actively seek out any of the above characteristics as a style statement as well as some thing that is rusty and in some cases, well maybe it could look tolerable but in the end most would feel rust is the sign of the unkept or hard to keep control of.
  25. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,792

    Atwater Mike

    I see builds and read lots of posts about rust in Ford crossmembers, rust underneath shoebox Chevs, and all the rust of it.
    Don't see much of it here in California, though...but I'll go out after lunch and take a look. Nothing newer than '63 out there, and that's the new Galaxie...I'll check 'em all.
  26. grimmfalcon138
    Joined: Jan 14, 2010
    Posts: 164

    from az

    I hate rust! every car i get always has it, and i work hard to get rid of it. So it upsets me to see a perfectly good car that just needs some rust repair and paint and the owner say's " no way, its cool, its patina!" ITS RUST! FIX THE RUST!
  27. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

  28. ZRX61
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 175

    from The AV

    When I was kneeling next to the trans tunnel of my former '70 429GT Ranchero & fell through the floor so I actualy ended up kneeling on the ground I realised "this is too much rust"
  29. skullhat
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 892


    no rust.......rust is you have my opinion, lol

  30. garagerods
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 451

    from Omaha

    If it's on the bottom it's ok.

    It worked for Fred Flintstone!! :)

    Saves on AC too!

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