Those of us in the "rust belt" will appreciate this!

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by gd2227, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    I'm using a Skylark convertible that was from Texas for parts and the frame. I needed to get going on this project and decided it was time to have the frame media blasted. All of the bodies I have pulled required the body bolts to be cut or torched off... I was expecting the same today. I was pleasantly surprised when ALL of the body bolts came off with a 3/8" hand ratchet (and an open ended wrench on the front four). I am still in shock and awe.... LOL

    It's the simple things with these projects. :)
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    BUICKRAT Torque Rules!

    Gotta love that southern stuff. I'm useta fixing rusty NH cars for a living, them guys down south have a cakewalk. I bought a 69 F100 from Georgia, even the brake lines came outta the wheel cylinders with no problem.
  3. 1969RIVI

    1969RIVI Well-Known Member

    Up here in Ontario, Canada the stuff the southerners deem as scrap is like new to us lol. The bolts are usually so rusty and corroded you can't even make out what they were, just a ball of rust.

    "Hey Johnny hand me a 1/2" wren...... ahh hell nevermind just pass me the grinder will ya"
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  4. SpecialWagon65

    SpecialWagon65 Ted Nagel

    My latest project lived in Wisconsin all its life. It had an amazing amount of rust
    Inhibitor and when taking the body apart is was like a California car, no bolt broken or rusty. All the pot metal is amazing. How the heck is this thing from Wisconsin is all I keep saying! Keep up the good work George, hope to se you in Bowling Green.
  5. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Ted- I've had my room booked at BG for 2 years now. So, barring a HUGE catastrophe, I WILL be there! I will be driving one of my Buicks, too! May not be the 4 speed... But it will be a Buick!
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  6. John Codman

    John Codman Platinum Level Contributor

    I have seen my share of rustbuckets here in SW Florida. I don't know why - maybe they drive them on the beach.
  7. Briz

    Briz Platinum Level Contributor

    Was expecting the same thing when I did the body mounts on the Riv and got the same results as you did. I was a northern car as well.
  8. marxjunk

    marxjunk Well-Known Member

    ive had a few colorado cars and a few oklahoma cars that where the same way, simple hand tools took them apart..even the bumpers pretty much fell off..
  9. Buicksky

    Buicksky Silver Level contributor

    George you are living a dream enjoy! I had one from California and one from South Carolina. the Cali car was the easiest the Carolina Car was still much better then any Ohio car by a mile. Enjoy the ride look forward to seeing you in BG .
  10. gd2227

    gd2227 Platinum Level Contributor

    Tony- looking forward to it!
  11. newmexguy

    newmexguy Well-Known Member

    The U Pull It's are finishing quite a bit of the remaining old cars down here.
  12. 12lives

    12lives Gravity is matter warping space-time - Einstein

    Got my red car from California and was thrilled with the "un-bolting" too! After 20 years in Virginia its starting to look more "native"!
  13. dynaflow

    dynaflow shiftless...

    ...when we lived about 30 air miles from gulf, salt air was hard on outside metal. Maybe it was the gulf breeze:rolleyes:...

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