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Watching truck rust

Ford F-150 rusted panel.

Our 1997 truck has quickly become a valuable part of our homesteading team.

I took this picture to document the worst section of rust.

Eventually I should try something that might help slow the rust from spreading but I guess I'm curious at what rate the hole will get bigger and if I'm okay putting it off for another year or so.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Maybe an oz of prevention is worth a lb of cure?
Comment by adrianne Tue Apr 10 09:04:24 2018

Hi Anna and Mark,

Periodically spraying with motor oil used or not helps a lot.


Comment by John Tue Apr 10 09:39:02 2018
If the truck's still running and is a valuable part of your homestead then just FIX IT! I had a similar problem with a car. Went to an auto store, bought the "paste" they sell and "plastered" over the hole, sanded same, painted same. Sold the car a few years later.
Comment by Nayan Tue Apr 10 10:47:31 2018
I wouldn't be as concerned about the body panel holes on a twenty year old rust belt truck, but frame rust..I have seen that generation Ford frame rust in half right behind the cab. Keep an eye on brake lines too, but I am sure you know that from your old S10 in VA.
Comment by Eric Thu Apr 12 20:45:16 2018

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