On the Subject of Rust

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On the Subject of Rust

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Informative article on why cars from the 50's & 60s rust so much. Doesn't make me feel any better though.

https://www.hagerty.com/media/automotiv ... ge-of-rust

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Yup anti-corrosion steps and galvanizing etc. were not common back in the day.
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At least they did not make the chassis out of wood, so that held up better than the older wagons. But they still used old-fashioned things like carburetors and distributors with ignition points instead of computer-controlled Electronic Fuel Injection and distributorless computer-controlled electronic ignition, so you are still confronted with frequent tune-ups and less reliability. The first Corvairs (1960-62) only had road draft tubes instead of Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) systems, which produced more air pollution and were more-prone to crankcase engine sludge build up if you did failed to change the oil frequently. 1960's tires weren't so good either, and all Corvairs benefit from improved tire reliability, improved handling, and improved braking performance that modern tire technology automatically provides to the old Corvair. Seat belts came along too, in the mid-1960's. But you still have to crank the side windows...

But... you can't buy the class and fun of a 1960's vintage classic Corvair at the modern car showroom today, so if you opt to drive a Corvair, you will likely find yourself to be the center of attention when you simply stop at a gas station or pass through a McDonald's drive-thru!

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Re: "... you will likely find yourself to be the center of attention when you simply stop at a gas station or pass through a McDonald's drive-thru!"

Yes, that exact thought occurs to me going through McD's drive thrus now in my electric Leaf. Whether they know or appreciate it, the drive-thru workers are breathing no exhaust fumes or carbon monoxide from my EV. But the tide will turn when my gross polluter Corvair gets rolling and storms the drive thru. That stinky diesel truck is NOTHING compared my '67 140's rich exhaust.

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When i go through the McDonald's drive thru in my Corvair, I've had the employees hanging out of the drive thru window with their cell phone cameras trying to take a picture of it! They don't seem to mind the exhaust fumes.
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