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Old 12-04-2015, 07:51 PM   #1
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I want to convert aluminum body shuttle or bus?

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I want to convert a shuttle or bus that has an aluminum body, or partly aluminum. I will be near salty water a lot and I don't want it to rust away. I would go fiberglass but was hoping for aluminum first. Do you know any shuttles or buses that consists of this type of body?

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Old 12-04-2015, 10:34 PM   #2
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The Eldorado Aerotech shuttles have well built fiberglass bodies that laugh at salty air, but all shuttles have a steel frame that will rust.
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Fiberglass will handle salty conditions much better than aluminum which is HIGHLY reactive to salt.
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Thank you both for your replies. I'll check out the Eldorado, and how is aluminum highly reactive to salt, I thought it's immune to it? Thanks!
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Aluminum doesn't rust but it does corrode.
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Good article here. Aluminum issues typically involve pitting where salt is concerned but there are other considerations as well. Most common & destructive being improper use of dissimilar metals which basically forms a battery through electrolysis. Living on the Gulf Coast I have seen a lot of both.

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