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Old May 1st, 2008, 02:58 PM
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Robert Bees
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To rust, or not to rust ?

Here's a question...

Let's say you have a 90 with a frame in great shape, but you live in sodium enriched New England. You drive the truck during no salt months only and baby it in the barn all winter.

Now suppose you're tired of not driving it 6 months out of the year. You have two choices (I think):
(1) Drive it as is and wait until rust eats the frame away, then replace it (how long I wonder ?)
(2) Be procative and do a galvanized chassis swap now

Not wanting to spend the 8-10k right now, how long do you think the frame will last, and will it be any more costly to replace in the (x) years that it takes to become rotted ? Any guess how many years that might be ?

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Old May 1st, 2008, 03:19 PM
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(3) clean the frame and waxoyl it inside and out so it doesn't rust.

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Old May 1st, 2008, 03:21 PM
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Old May 1st, 2008, 03:35 PM
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Old May 1st, 2008, 03:41 PM
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If you were seriously dilligent about it, you could make it not rust for all intents and purposes with waxoyl and some frequent washings.

To me, the frame is not the issue, it is EVERYTHING ELSE that RUSTS--bulkhead, cappings, door frames, axle casings, brake lines, fuel tank skid plate, shock towers, seat box, brackets everywhere, bumpers, cage, bolts etc.

If it was "just" the frame, it would be a relative "no biggy" at $3500 for a new one.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 03:51 PM
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My truck has been in Chicago for 6 years now. Daily Driver. Waxoyl the frame and enjoy the truck. Letting a D sit for any extended preiod is asking for other problems. Like leaks. It's a truck. Enjoy it.

Just keep it clean in the winter and make sure you hose the frame off.

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Old May 1st, 2008, 05:43 PM
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option 4?

Since your frame is still in good shape have it galvanized. Having it dipped is not that expensive and normally they charge by the pound so you can throw in all of the little extra parts and even your bulkhead.

Replacing it after all of the parts are rusted will cost more, take longer and the labor will be much higher.
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Old May 1st, 2008, 08:14 PM
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option 5? Move to AZ nice temps, sunny, no rust. With all of the money you will save from not having to galvanize, waxoyle, or replace your frame etc. you can even afford a pool.
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 07:39 AM
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David Marchand
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I did option 4 or 5 or 12. dipped the existing frame as my truck was an AZ special. I would do it again.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 06:14 AM
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Originally Posted by evilfij
If it was "just" the frame, it would be a relative "no biggy" at $3500 for a new one.
that's not very usefull info considering a new galvanised frame does one not much good unless atached to the rest of the truck which will cost considerably more.
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Old May 8th, 2008, 09:40 AM
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This is good news. I sold my jeep wrangler which I used as a daily driver in winter in order to buy a defender. I have intended to use it in winter & hopefully not worry too much about rusting. I would like to apply the waxyol. & see if that works! I am trying for the defender to not be a garage queen.

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