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Episodes of a rust belt (hack) mechanic

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Same. Every now and then I look around to see if I can find one similar to mine. It was my first new vehicle. Despite the body rot, you couldn't kill this thing. That 4.3 was indestructible. I had it probably three feet in the air jumping motorcycle moguls while off roading. I sold it around ~215,000 and, despite all that, it still had the original engine and transmission. These are pictures I took when I listed it for sale. I still miss those seats. They were so much more comfortable than what I have in the Avy.

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oh man!! i love that. it reminds me of my first car when i turned 16, a 1992 s-10. it had the little 2.8 v6.

its funny to me to think about the fact that when i was turning 16, i got an 11 year old truck and i felt like it was old!! yet now i drive an 18 year old truck, and it feels brand new to me.

just a fun thought on how our perspectives change as we (and our vehicles) age.
 

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I think we all had blazers before a AV here's my 1988 s10 K5 on the day I brought home the Avy. The 2.8 ran like crap because I glutted the cats ended up donating it to the VOA. Way back in the garage was my bonneville.

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Nice work Frito, proud of your efforts! (y)

My first Avalanche (2003) had succumb to rust (I live in New England). My 2003 was mechanically perfect, but lost it to rust under the cladding by the C-pillars, wheel wells and rocker panels; failed inspection for rockers. In 2018, I bought a used, but mint 2013 from the south with zero rust. I now treat it with corrsion free every year. We will see how this works out. The Avalanche is by FAR, my favorite vehicle.
 

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Nice work Frito, proud of your efforts! (y)

My first Avalanche (2003) had succumb to rust (I live in New England). My 2003 was mechanically perfect, but lost it to rust under the cladding by the C-pillars, wheel wells and rocker panels; failed inspection for rockers. In 2018, I bought a used, but mint 2013 from the south with zero rust. I now treat it with corrsion free every year. We will see how this works out. The Avalanche is by FAR, my favorite vehicle.
So how do you like the Corrosion Free? That is what I'm leaning towards on this and all our vehicles that see winter driving. Any tricks or tips you'd recommend?
 

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Been using CF since 2018, so too early to tell. But reports/reseach shows it is superior to other products (fluid film, oiling the frame). I suspect you have read the Canadian Military Amphibious vehicles study that compared a bunch of treatments. It is on the Fluid Film website.
 

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Here is the report on Corrosion Free:


And per their site (Caveat Emptor):

Formula 3000 with CSC850 is clean, clear, drip-free, solvent-free, odor-free, non-toxic, a super lubricating metal conditioner with creeping and penetrating benefits – all in one formula. It is not a sealant that traps moisture, or an oil spray that rots rubber, damages plastic and tend to be messy and drippy. It contains active moisture displacers that last up to 18 months. Because it is clean and transparent you can actually see it preserving the original “factory new” appearance. It does not dry out, chip or peel off and its lubricating benefits continue indefinitely.
 

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Personally, I'm thinking about going with crc 6026. Project farm tested it along with other undercoat choices such as fluid film, flex seal, motor oil, ect. From what his examples show, the crc should be a longer lasting alternative even though it's more expensive. (~$35 for 4 cans)

It's designed for marine applications, so it should hold up to salt water and it seems to be pretty resistant to pressure washing. Which is my personal issue with fluid film and wool wax. They work great, but they can get washed away. Generally speaking you shouldn't have to reapply crc nearly as frequently or worry as much about it washing away with a car wash or general road spray. Plus, it dries less tacky than alternatives so you don't hasve as much grime to try and rinse off in the first place.


I plan to brush off the loose rust, toss on some rust converter, let it cure then apply the crc, and then pipe fluid film or similar product inside the panels. Hopefully that can help catch me up a bit with the structural frame. I've got some patching to do with the rockers and passenger side wheel wells.
 
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