View Full Version : Sad Tin-worm Incubator

09-23-2009, 08:05 PM
Today I drove about 40 miles to look at a truck offered to me at the meet last weekend. I was a bit skeptical when the owner said it was very rusty and in bad shape. I have often been told this about very restorable vehicles and was hoping this would be the case. However, this guy knew what he was talking about. The sad thing is that he told me that they had kept it covered with tarps. The problem with those "non-breathing" plastic tarps is that they are worse than no cover at all! They hold the moisture and air in and just incubate the rust. Here are a few of the pics.
Even the springs are so rusty as to be useless. The truck was an E2 -12 C4 cab. The owner said that this was their service truck when they operated a service station in Maryland near the Washington DC area. He said he wanted "Scrap" value. Years ago I was given a GT Hawk that was about this rusty. I saved a few parts and sold the rest to a guy that wanted the rest. He later told me that the scrap guy actually charged him a fee to haul the rest of it away! If any of you have a car or truck stored outside, do not cover it with a plastic tarp.

John Clary
Greer, SC
Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

09-23-2009, 08:17 PM
There's a guy down the street from me that's had a '68 Camaro under blue plastic for about 20 years now. Actually, I don't think there's a car under it anymore - just four tires holding up a Camaro-shaped pile of tarps.


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

09-23-2009, 09:00 PM
It'll buff out :)

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Doug M
09-23-2009, 10:43 PM
Lark Shine Obout 10 gallons

09-24-2009, 12:42 AM
Ya jus need ta re-arch them springs... thell be jus fine.


09-24-2009, 01:48 AM
What a shame , although from the picture the radiator core actually looks pretty good.

09-24-2009, 10:10 AM
The guy that owns the truck tried to protect it, but in the process, destroyed it. It's sad to see a good truck in that condition, but most people believe that plastic tarps will protect a car and don't think that moisture has no way of escaping once it's under the tarp. Bud

09-26-2016, 05:57 AM
I learned the same lesson in 1969 when I covered one of my Studebakers with plastic. I came home on leave after 6 months and found the paint starting to bubble on the roof. Luckily I caught it before more damage was done. Two years ago I looked at a 1950 Champion that was restored, then covered with plastic and parked in a metal shed with a dirt floor and no ventilation located in northern Minnesota in the middle of the woods. The mold inside the car probably would have killed a person not wearing a gas mask, and the bottom foot of the car was all gone.

Studebaker was no orphan when it comes to rust. The big 3 all have their problems also. I thought by the 90's GM had a better handle on the rust problem, but yesterday I was under my 1999 Olds and found this. What a stupid design to make the rear bumper reinforcement open to catch water, stones, dirt, and road salt, then have no drain holes for it to dry out.


09-26-2016, 06:34 AM
:!: You're exactly right on the plastic tarps / rust situation, John. Incubator is the precise word to describe the end result, every time. Nothing worse; as predictable as the sun coming up tomorrow morning...if not more so! ;) :cool: BP

Mrs K Corbin
09-26-2016, 08:42 AM
what a waste..... I see a few parts that could be used....