Post by Phil Gibson on Jun 22, 2016 7:43:41 GMT -5
That rust looks to be mostly just surface/bare metal rust to me, so it is simply exposed parts that have a coating of rust on them from just being exposed to air.
Having said that, I would highly advise to NOT use this as a daily driver in winter. If you think there is rust on it now, give it one year of driving it in a Michigan winter and see how much damage gets done to an older car from the salt. Add to that the modern conveniences that the classics are missing, like a rear window defroster, dealing with a carburetor in winter, a light rear wheel drive car in snow even with winter tires will be harder to handle, plus just the fact that rust will happen, are all things I wouldn't want to take a car, which seems to be in pretty darn good shape, and let it get a lot of rust damage in the course of a few years.
I think that as a daily driver during non-winter months, it would probably be great for you. But the salt has a way of ruining the older cars very quickly with rust. I wouldn't recommend getting it if it is going to be your only car. If you have a place to keep a second car, try to talk them down on this a few grand then put that money into a winter beater. =)
Thank you very much for the advice, Phil. What if I coat the bottom of the car with some kind of a paint (the ones which are said to be anti-rust in some way)? Are you aware of any? And how effective do you think that would be?
Best bet would be buy a winter beater and save the Mustang. You won't have much of a Mustang left after driving it in the winter. Also you can find a nice "driver" in Michigan for under $10,000. Get a Beater Not even driving a 20 year old car would be like a 50 year old one. It just won't handle like a modern car. Best of luck.