Ed on the Ridge
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- May 14, 2011
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- On the Ridge, TN
These two get the coveted garage parking. Both exhibit no sign of corrosion as a result:The battery "insulation blanket" is there to keep most of the acid contained in case of total battery failure. It's useless. I had a 2002 and two , 2004's. I kept the 4 door 2004 till about three years ago. When I sold it it still didn't have rust around the rear wheel well lip and the bottom looked great, rust free. I have always had yearly unlimited car wash packages for all my cars from these car wash places and they stay looking new everyday of their lives. Most importantly the bottoms get bottom blasted weekly. My truck stayed out in my driveway everyday of it's life in the open with the weather on it, good or bad.
The huge, open carport you built over a decade ago to shelter the truck and your tractor from the elements now appears to
be an environment where unimpeded humidity/ground soak has been slowly corroding the underside of the truck instead.
Totally open on all sides and with a gravel floor, it now appears there's unintended results to such sheltering,............. that's exactly what happened!!
My Coronet sits on a carpeted garage floor for that reason and I only wash it once a year and to keep the dust off it and looking new, I use a cheap light weight car cover. The idea is to NOT trap moisture in or around my car. You wash those old car, top and bottom constantly, they'll fall apart if parked inside a dark moist garage.
I know a guy who bought two early 80's Corvettes, new, one he drove everyday for about 90 thousand miles and sold and the other was to be a replacement when the time came. When he went to use the other vet, which had 4800 miles on it, it was shot underneath. The radiator, everything rubber and everything that could rust or rot, did. It sat in a garage, about 4 inches off the ground everyday of it's life. It had cobwebs covering the whole bottom. It cost a fortune to fix. That's where I learned my lesson. I will say when you opened the door the interior smelled brand new and that was about it!! LOL. He used one of those Big dollar California waterproof moisture trap car covers on it too, no thanks.
My truck four years ago, except I dropped it 2 inches right after this picture was taken. Sold three years ago. The other 2004 was a two door, short bed 4x4. Two door was useless to me, that's why I had two 2004's, another lessen learned.
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My cheap Budge car cover and carpet under my car. Remember, I bought this car cover to fit loose and only for dust. It's 5 years old and was on another car before this one.
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Ironically, the garage doors are wider than todays' standard sizes just to allow the Ram to fit in with mirrors extended...