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Galvanization sensation: How automakers fought off the scourge of rust
Exposing older cars to winter’s unfavorable elements—specifically, the dual-pronged attack of moisture and road salt—is a quick way to end up facing off with metal’s age-old nemesis: rust. Any classic car fan calling the Northeastern or Midwestern half of the country home has felt more than a passing twinge of envy for their compatriots in many southern and western states, who enjoy a drier climate that allows for year-round enjoyment of their rides without living in constant fear of the tin worm.
Corrosion, however, tends to attack vehicles of a certain vintage far more aggressively than their modern counterparts. It’s not just a question of being “old,” either. In certain eras, brand-new cars could shed their metallic skins while still sitting in the showroom.
The answer as to why today’s vehicles are more resistant to such a sudden fate is somewhat complex. Automotive industry’s long, slow march toward more durable materials is the result of advancements in design, engineering, and manufacturing, as well as the corporate buy-in required to implement an actual anti-corrosion plan.
What a load of crap. You don't recall the Hondas and Toyotas with structural problems due to rust? Is the author from California?? Everybody had issues and it was because cars were cheap. Always the hate America routine from these totally biased "journalists".
Why don't you talk about some of the coating technology and application methods that have been used since era of throw away cars. Probable beyond your capability. Talking about galvanizing as a modern rust preventative is what I call a throw away article. I hope Hagerty drops you!