<VV> rustproofing a '64 convertible

FrankDuVal corvairduval at cox.net
Sun Mar 3 12:52:08 EST 2019

And, where does all that salted water go that lands on the convertible 
top? It flows between the top and the "firewall" behind the rear seat.

So, unless you weld a solid steel top on the car, water with salt still 
goes through it!

Only way to rustproof a convertible is to keep it in the garage , like 
it was for 40+ years, or live in the southwest of this country.

No way to keep the salty water from going through the doors and quarter 
windows, either, like Doug points out.

Frank DuVal

On 3/2/2019 12:57 PM, Doug Mackintosh via VirtualVairs wrote:
> I would not do that.
> While you are at it, you need to look at the defroster distribution tube
> that runs from the outside front of the inner rocker to the lower A-piller
> which directs air from the rocker heat channel to the defroster hose up
> front. The tube itself, and the joint to the rocker rust, allowing water to
> get into the tube/rocker from the cowl air vent plenum. Ordinarily the cowl
> and air vent stack area are sealed off from the front of the rocker, so no
> water can get in the rocker from the cowl. But when the defroster
> distribution tube and joint are rusted out water can enter the rocker; it
> then generally runs out the front heater outlet onto the front floorboards,
> which then rusts them. I also think water running past the the rear quarter
> windows can get into the outer rocker (outboard of the separate heat
> channel portion) and then runs out the rocker drain slot at the rear; be
> sure that slot is clear.
> The defroster distribution tube can be seen (with great difficulty) by
> looking into the heater floor outlet (you see the inside of the tube) and
> through the kick panel vent opening. But to actually repair the rust I
> understand you need to cut an opening in the outside of the fender to get
> to it.
> <<Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2019 15:48:27 -0500 (EST)
> From: JUDY HOOK <judynrandy at comcast.net>
> To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
> Subject: <VV> rustproofing a '64 convertible
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> ...      Anyhow, my question is this:  In order to keep the rockers of the
> '64 from ending up like the '63's, I decided to weld shut all the heater
> access holes when the car is painted and add to the rocker areas a couple
> gallons each of my homemade rust-proofing solution to live in there forever
> and ever.  As for heat, when needed, i'm going to install the gas heater I
> have in the '63.  So, has anyone ever done this?  If so, any pitfalls or
> problems?  Any thoughts and opinions welcome.  Thanks.
> Randy (Cap'n) Hook
> Hopewell,  PA>>
> -- Doug Mackintosh Corsa member since 1996 Corsa/NC member since 1996,
> Virtual Vairs member Corvair owner 1969-1971 and 1996-on
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