My pop had a 72 Dodge pick-up. Talk about rust...... Were Dodge autos back then as bad about rust?1982 Red Ford Escort five-door station wagon; 4-speed manual 1.6L four-banger, 68 Hp.
I had brought this car brand new in 1982. Although I liked the handling and pep and how much interior space there was for a small car, I had some reservation as Ford had a serious problem with cars pre-maturely rusting in the 70’s. The salesman convinced me that Ford had solved this problem, “Quality is Job 1”, and even told me that rust proofing was not required. At that point of time, I was living in the Maritimes where a lot of road salt was used during the winter months (and back then, road salt was particularly hard on cars).
Well, the first two years, the car ran well and I was generally pleased with my purchase. It wasn’t until the third winter that rust started to appear with the process accelerating, with a vengeance, each following winter. By the end of the fifth winter, my car had numerous rust holes and I swear I would leave rust dust on my snowy driveway when I left for work.
One winter, when I was away for an extended period of time, my wife noticed that the front passenger floor carpet seem to depress somewhat whenever the children stepped on it. Taking the car for a normal servicing, it was discovered that approximately 6” x 6” piece of the flooring was missing – fixed quite nicely by a steel plate. Of course it was my fault – in that “it happen while you were gone” type of fault (lol).
By 1987, notwithstanding the dubious state of the body, I was determine to get one more winter out of this car as we had built a house and money was tight. I figured, notwithstanding the number of holes in the right front fender, as long as the radio antenna was still standing, the car was good to go. However, one day I hit the brakes hard. While stop, the radio antenna slowly started to lean forward stopping at a 45 degree angle (interesting enough, radio reception improved).
Admitting defeat, I traded my Escort in for a ……… 1987 Dodge Aries (sigh).
Granted back in those days snow was a common occurrence, even in SE TN.