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Old 06-19-2011, 01:09 PM   #1
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Rust - normal?

I recently purchased a used 06 GT. My father always said "by a quality product, take care of it, and it can last you a lifetime."

Most of the vehicle looks in great condition with the exception of a few areas.

The exhaust system is an addition and I notice rust along the welds (any suggestions / concerns?), the rear drive of the vehicle also has rust (suggestions?).

I would like to get my GT into show "clean" condition eventually and I'm taking a guess in saying "rust should not be anywhere." Any suggestions on how to clean, restore, or replace?
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Old 06-19-2011, 01:59 PM   #2
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Umm, some parts get a little surface just and it's not a problem. And if anybody disagrees or has heard otherwise correct me when I say, some parts are made to get a little bit of rust to almost protect it a little. But who knows... For a show car though, idk...
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Umm, some parts get a little surface just and it's not a problem. And if anybody disagrees or has heard otherwise correct me when I say, some parts are made to get a little bit of rust to almost protect it a little. But who knows... For a show car though, idk...
yep ur correct, some parts such as the rear axle, and your stock headers will appear rusted, but this is only surface rust and is no big deal. I don't know about those after-market exhaust pieces though. If I was you I would maybe clean of the rust on the exhaust hangers and such and then hit it with some Rustoleum that can take the heat range of an exhaust pipe. That part (exhaust) might possibly be able to rust and cause no issues, but I don't think it is supposed. Somebody else might know tho.
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Re: Rust - normal?

I agree that rust in some areas is normal HOWEVER I know in the year '06 Ford has extra rust inclined parts underneath the trucks....more so than usual...I have no idea bout mustangs that year though...
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I have an 07...the rust is not that bad...actually not even close. You also gotta think if you just got it. Who knows how it was taken care of before u. But I do have some rust..It's expected..it is the underneath of a car lol
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Re: Rust - normal?

I know they make some spray paint that converts small, surface rust into black, non-rust. It's worth a shot. I don't know how it works

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Re: Rust - normal?

It looks pretty normal. My rear axle is that way maybe a tad worse.
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Re: Rust - normal?

yea fix the exhaust with good quality parts/setup for sure

those rust spots are normal on all GT's, only thing you could do is sand all the rust off and powdercoat it or paint the areas etc but its normal
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Good to know that the majority feels this is normal. It's easy enough to sand the differential, but some of the areas will most likely need to be removed for prep / paint. Since it's normal, I will keep an eye on it. Any spray type protectants that can be used to slow this down? What # sand paper would you use "250"?

Anyone know of a rust primer and paint that can be used for the exhaust that resists heat? (Until I can afford to replace the exhaust system). So no one has heard of "Spin Tech" exhaust systems?

Last question (for today); what's the best product to clean/detail the engine and what should I be concerned about when cleaning the engine?

I watched "OverHauling" over the weekend and am motivated to get the Mustang cleaned up!
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Re: Rust - normal?

they make a coating that can be put right on top of rust and kills it you can look into that, cant remember its name though
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they make a coating that can be put right on top of rust and kills it you can look into that, cant remember its name though
Look for rust converter. It will end up black, so you might plan on painting parts to match. I do not think it will worn on the exhaust though, for there you will need high-temp paint.
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yea but the exhaust pipe should be stainless so it wont rust (well OEM is)
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He said the exhaust was aftermarket. Many times welds will rust, which is what his looks like. Shooting that with some silver header paint would make it look better and last longer.
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Re: Rust - normal?

they never paint the rear axles from the factory ,they leave them raw cast and they rust ..
The first month I had the Mach 1 I removed the rear ,painted it with etching primer ,and then gave it a good coat of black engine enamel , they re installed it , I also painted the drive shaft , they both still look great
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Old 06-20-2011, 01:21 PM   #16
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Rust converter and silver header paint are great suggestions. I will start with those.

I will place new exhaust (stainless) as well as painting the bare parts on my list of upgrades.
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