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Re: Looking at a '72 CS (archive)

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Posted by laldog on October 09, 2001 at 08:38:23:

In Reply to: Looking at a '72 CS posted by nf on October 08, 2001 at 07:43:21:

I presently own both vehicles and although the coupe isn't on the road yet, I have learned a few lessons in the past month.
As the previuos posts have told you, rust is probably your biggest concern.

As with the 2002, the shock towers and front subframe are the most obvious spots for rust, but the front wheel wells seemed to have been designed to collect mud and dirt which will eventually lead to rust.

I also found a good amount of rust under the hood behind the shock mounts. There is a large amount of rustroofing material that seemed to trap the moisture and foster rust.

All four floorpans had rust holes, which hadn't detected before I bought the car. My biggest mistake was assuning that if the undercoating wasn't ripped or compromised, the metal it was protecting was solid. In a lot of cases, the metal rusted from inside the car. Iguess with a car that is 30 years old, these things aregoing to happen.

That's the bad side. With me, the car is in Massachusetts, and sat in a musty garage for 8 years. I don't know if the P.O. drove it in the winter, which I'm sure would cause major problems in a very short time.

The good side for you is that you're not in MA and snow and road salt is not a major concern.

I hope this helps. I have some pictures if you want to see some examples. Good luck.

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