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Old 04-22-2020, 09:27 AM   #1
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How much rust is too much

Hey all,

Iím looking for a bus and Iím having a hell of a time figuring out how much rust is too much. Iíve read that surface level rust is ok but not if you can poke something and it falls off. Any helpful hints??

Some Iíve looked at here and Iím feeling totally lost finding one completely rust free.

The pictures are all different busses.
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Old 04-22-2020, 11:48 AM   #2
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Looks real good to me. You aren't going to find a rust free bus unless its new. I live in the rust belt and that would be considered rust free here in Ohio.
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Old 05-15-2020, 02:04 PM   #3
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The frame is not the part you have to worry about, its the stringers that are sandwiched between the frame and the floor, if they are sound (no holes) you should be ok
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Old 05-15-2020, 06:00 PM   #4
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Don't look bad at all.
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Old 05-15-2020, 06:10 PM   #5
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@musigenesis, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
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Old 05-15-2020, 07:10 PM   #6
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@musigenesis, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh Rust Maaaaaaannn!!!

I think this person posted this on reddit as well and I gave my usual spiel there about how rust on the chassis doesn't matter.
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Old 05-16-2020, 01:14 AM   #7
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