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    I am working on a '52 Commander including all new brakes. I used 1200 to 2000 wet-dry sandpaper, then a cleaner with an air polisher and finally a wax to brighten the body color. The car had been stored 37 years. When I got it to fire for the first time out came the "motel" and a pile of rust all the way to the overhead door which was closed at the time......Brad

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    We once had gerbils (and other little creatures I'm sure) in our garage. They liked using mufflers to store food. One time after some storage I fired up the Parkview and had dogfood everywhere~ outta both pipes~ Good stuff it was- yup!!! [:0]

    StudeDave [8D]
    V/P San Diego County SDC
    San Diego, Ca


    '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
    '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
    '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
    '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
    '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
    '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
    StudeDave '57
    US Navy (retired)

    3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
    SDC Member since 1985

    past President
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    San Diego Chapter SDC

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    • #3
      We once had gerbils (and other little creatures I'm sure) in our garage. They liked using mufflers to store food. One time after some storage I fired up the Parkview and had dogfood everywhere~ outta both pipes~ Good stuff it was- yup!!! [:0]

      StudeDave [8D]
      V/P San Diego County SDC
      San Diego, Ca


      '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
      '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
      '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
      '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
      '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
      '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
      StudeDave '57
      US Navy (retired)

      3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
      SDC Member since 1985

      past President
      Whatcom County Chapter SDC
      San Diego Chapter SDC

      past Vice President
      San Diego Chapter SDC
      North Florida Chapter SDC

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      • #4
        I've seen it happen too. It sure is funny to gun it and see the mouse nest come flying out.

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        • #5
          I've seen it happen too. It sure is funny to gun it and see the mouse nest come flying out.

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          • #6
            Brad, can you post more pictures. I am also working on a 52 Commander.

            Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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            • #7
              Brad, can you post more pictures. I am also working on a 52 Commander.

              Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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              • #8
                I'll post more pics. This is why one should stuff the tailpipes with steel wool for storeage....Brad

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                • #9
                  I'll post more pics. This is why one should stuff the tailpipes with steel wool for storeage....Brad

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                  • #10
                    You'll always get weird looking stuff coming out the exhaust. Inside the muffler, there are a number of chemical combo's, commonly known as soot. Add a bit of condensating humidity and you'll have some corrosive acids. Once you start the car, the acids vaporise and leave by the tail pipe. On a daily driver, you therefore "clean" some of the gunk out each day.
                    A car parked for long periods of time will allow the acids to weaken the metal. The point of no return is usually not long before the tell-tale noise increase from a holed muffler.
                    /H

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                    • #11
                      You'll always get weird looking stuff coming out the exhaust. Inside the muffler, there are a number of chemical combo's, commonly known as soot. Add a bit of condensating humidity and you'll have some corrosive acids. Once you start the car, the acids vaporise and leave by the tail pipe. On a daily driver, you therefore "clean" some of the gunk out each day.
                      A car parked for long periods of time will allow the acids to weaken the metal. The point of no return is usually not long before the tell-tale noise increase from a holed muffler.
                      /H

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                      • #12
                        When I got my GT 4 years ago, it had been stored by the previous owner for at least ten years. Well, on itiitial start up, I'm gunning it a bit to clear her out, and out shoots a mouse nest out of the left exhaust, my family was just rolling with laughter seeing that happen. Fortunately it decided to build it's nest in there and no where else in the car!


                        Chris Kot
                        63 GT Hawk
                        37 Dictator

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                        • #13
                          When I got my GT 4 years ago, it had been stored by the previous owner for at least ten years. Well, on itiitial start up, I'm gunning it a bit to clear her out, and out shoots a mouse nest out of the left exhaust, my family was just rolling with laughter seeing that happen. Fortunately it decided to build it's nest in there and no where else in the car!


                          Chris Kot
                          63 GT Hawk
                          37 Dictator

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                          • #14
                            quote:Fortunately it decided to build it's nest in there and no where else in the car!
                            When I used to live on a farm, mice would build a nest in the heater of my truck. I wouldn't notice it until winter came and I would turn the heater on. It was a quite an odor! [xx(]

                            Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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                            • #15
                              quote:Fortunately it decided to build it's nest in there and no where else in the car!
                              When I used to live on a farm, mice would build a nest in the heater of my truck. I wouldn't notice it until winter came and I would turn the heater on. It was a quite an odor! [xx(]

                              Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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