Salt protection?

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    1963dartgt Well-Known Member

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    I know we are still months away from the winter months but i have a question about salt. I moved from california to kansas about 3 months ago and just thinking about the winters here. My car is a 63 dart with the only rust being wheel wells and lower rear quarters. I plan on fixing the trouble spots in the fall. This is my DD and by no means a show car is there any way to protect the floors and frame rail from the loads of salt they put on the road. My car is driven 5 days a week 60 miles a day and id like to keep it that way and not stash it for the winter. Thanks for the help.
     
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    Use the coin op car wash and flush the undercarriage often.
     
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    My understanding is fluid film will help protect the underside from corrosion.
    Have to get it on a hoist and use something like an undercoating type applicator to get good coverage. And would be best to get it in all the nooks and crannies.
     
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    The coin op washes are shut down for the winter out here but thats an idea. If i can rig up a pvc setup to wash the undercarriage it might work.
     
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    I also thought about a gallon of wd-40 in a garden sprayer but I dont know how long it would last.
     
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    How about the stuff we use to flush out our boat engines after being in the ocean!!! It has a cup reservoir that holds the Salt Buster liquid that attaches to your water hose?
    Maybe even try Camping World for an RV wash as well that will cut Salt!!!

    Just a suggestion as I live here in South Carolina and don’t have to deal with salty roads! Hope this helps!!!
     
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    WD40 would be worse than salt don't even consider it
     
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    The salt will kill it sooner or later, it just will.

    Buy a winter beater.
     
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      Winter beater wont do we are in the process of buying a house and its pretty much gonna drain our savings. Next year ill get one. And ill check out the boat and rv stuff thanks.
       
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        Listen to Tooljunkie! Fluid Film is amazing. Plow operators and farmers use it on their equipment up here in the rust belt. It's somewhat expensive but it creeps into every nook and cranny and displaces water. It won't hurt rubber or plastic as some oils do (think I've read it's Lanolin based).

        You apply it with an undercoating (Shultz) gun and I make my own wands out of PVC tubing to get into rockers etc. I've bought Fluid Film at John Deere dealers by the gallon, but now I see it on Amazon.

        I have a '95 Dakota plow truck that has 190K on it and up here that's extremely rare. most of them have been scrapped with rusted out frames and worse. Knock on wood, but my old Dak hasn't had a fuel or brake line replaced yet! Plows out 1200 feet of driveway and parking areas at 3 residences and a barn. And it is my winter road machine (they turn the blacktop white with salt up here), While my Cummins sits in the barn :)

        Worst thing you can repeatedly do is wash the undercarriage of a salty vehicle. I keeps the salt wet and it penetrates seams, rockers etc. and keeps chomping away at the metal 24/7.

        Seriously, Google "Fluid Film"

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        I use this stuff called Signal Film. The company that makes it sells it to G.E. when they ship locomotives over seas. It is alot like fluid film. I used a round up weed sprayer to put it on. I also had to warm it up and cut it a little with stoddard solvent. When it dries, it turns into a wax type film. I used it on my Jeep 2 years ago and it is still on ! We get about 150 inches of snow a year so the battery acid, ooops I mean salt brine they put down is quite a bit and will destroy a car in a few of years.