Holland, MI........... rust problems

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Found an 80 in Holland, MI that I'm initially interested in. It's a 95 and has been there it's whole life.

I'm from Az and don't fully understand what types of conditions or places create rust.

Any input? Can I expect significant rust on this vehicle?

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Larry
 
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Larry,

>> Can I expect significant rust on this vehicle? <<

A well cared for truck that lives in areas with signficant snow and salted roads can still be rust-free if the PO took care of the vehicle. If not, you can have a bad problem with rust underneath and possibly on the body. Older cruisers and models before the 80's were worse about rusting, but it can still be an issue.

Get someone to take some pics for you and decide for yourself.
-B-
 

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Yes, expect significant rust. Body panels survive much better than they did 20 years ago with galvanized steel, plastics and aluminum, but every nut and bolt that you try to loosen will have a high probability of snapping off. I lived the first 21 years of my life in western Michigan two of those in Holland. Being right on the shores of Lake Michigan they usually get much more snow than twenty miles inland. They like to use lots of salt on the roads. We always called the cars cancer infected. I had a brand new 1979 Z28 there for one winter and when mechanics in California would work on the car in later years they couldn't believe the amount of rust underneath. Being from AZ. I think you would be very disappointed.
 
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Scott, I really appreciate you looking at this vehicle for me. Unfortunately the lack of diff-locks is a deal breaker. I'm just sort of blown away that someone across the country was willing to help me. I think that it so cool. If you are ever in Az, let me know and I'll make it up to you.

Doug, thanks as well.
 

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