Neil Young's "Rust Never Sleeps" came out in 1979. First time I heard the phrase was about five years before that, when i was at Car and Drive and Pat Bedard used it. "Hey, rust never sleeps" he said to me, though damned if I can remember why.
Had my MG Ziebarted way back in the 70's. The undercarriage was then a sea of black icicles. But especially with an MG 'Rust Never Sleeps', in fact it's wide awake for the life of the car. The interiors even rust on MG's.
Front section of an S-10 frame (also widened) grafted on to the original frame, rear leaf springs from the S-10, 57 Chevy rear end. Power booster, master cylinder, proportioning valve, brake pedal assembly tilt steering column and seat from the S-10, "paint" on most of the car is original (there is poorly done repair to the body on the right rear quarter panel that appears to have been done early in the cars life), so the car has power brakes, power steering, computer controlled fuel injection and computer controlled auto trans with overdrive. Drives like a modern car, will have AC soon
I think it's gorgeous!...But I'm a rat rod guy. Quite a stretch calling it "rusted out". In the pics it looks plenty solid with surface discoloration. It's what I think of when I hear "patina". Here in New England it's not rusted out until there are holes in it.
Interesting ride. I just bought a 37 coupe, older total build with a chevy fast burn create engine with mod's. T350. 67 chevy r.end, mustang 2 front end. Cutom interior, gauges. AZ car, no rust that I could find. Takes me back to 38 coupe, late 50's early 60's. Really felt good to be back. Way back.
Years ago, a friend of mine became "homeless" and used the very long trunk of his 1937 Chevy coupe as a "camper". His coupe had no back seat, but rather a package tray that ran from the rear window to the top of the seat back. He modified the package tray so that it opened with hinges and used it as a trap door to sneak in and out of the trunk. This way, no one saw him open and close the trunk lid to access his special place. He lived that way for several months and no one became aware of his "motor home". The car was powered by a highly modified 292 cubic inch GMC inline six. FAST and Stealthy.
A north central thing: that car is rusted, not "rusted out." Rusted out involves holes in the body (which means holes in the frame). Few places in the South, and most of the West, you can achieve that, as "a look." For the rest, it's terminal.
I'd beg to differ. All along the tropical southern rain belt e.g. Louisiana, TX, Alabama, MS, FL, AR, parts of GA etc. I've definitely seen and almost purchased a few "rusted-out" vehicles. I mean where you can see clean through and sunlight pouring in from many angles.