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Old 08-18-2008, 08:03 PM   #11
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:36 PM   #12
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I recently looked at a 1971 Carpenter/Dodge in western Iowa. Overall, the body was in excellent condition. I didn't buy it because I decided to wait and find a longer rig.

One thing, though, is that the underside had surface rust throughout. Looked pretty light, not crusty, no holes anywhere. Any thoughts on how to evaluate for what level of work needed to deal with this? Would "Ospho" be sufficient as long as the metal was solid? (As for the outer body, I'd want to strip the paint until I had a good substrate for my own paint job.)

The engine was recently rebuilt and the clutch plate replaced. The 4-speed stick worked great. I drove it on a farm road and it felt like it was smithed out of one hunk of steel.

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Awesome! I live in nearby Omaha. I hope they're still in business by the time I eventually get a bus.
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Here is a photo of the undercarrage of a 2000 model year bus I just saw on eBay. The picture is from the listing. (The bus is in New York State.)

If memory serves me correctly, the 1971 bus I looked at last year was actually better. Any thoughts on how whether this can be dealt with? I still would rather fix up a classic, so info for future reference would be useful, since "rust-free oldie" is something of an oxymoron.
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a light sandblasting and undercoating is all i can recommend...
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Here is a photo of the undercarrage of a 2000 model year bus I just saw on eBay. The picture is from the listing. (The bus is in New York State.)

If memory serves me correctly, the 1971 bus I looked at last year was actually better. Any thoughts on how whether this can be dealt with? I still would rather fix up a classic, so info for future reference would be useful, since "rust-free oldie" is something of an oxymoron.
Here's a 1966 bus I just saw in Iowa: Just an interesting example (combined with the Y2K bus pictured above) of age not predicting degree of rust. I think what's there would sandblast off well.
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hey the older the bus the cooler it is,just look out for ROT AND mold
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