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    Angry Looks like the T-Bird is gonna have a taste of winter

    As much as it breaks my heart it looks as though I may have to drive the T-Bird for at least a portion of the winter. The rear end is going south in the Cherokee, getting noisier with every mile. I checked the fluid when it first started getting noisey and it was empty (took 1.5 liters of 80W90). Unfortunately topping it up didn't help.

    If it was in better shape I'[d fix the rear, but given that the engine has a whole lot of blowby, the floor is rotted out, the rocker panels are completely missing, the front driveshaft is worn, the front axle joints are bad, three of the four doors don't open from the outside, and I've already repaired the frame on one side the ol' girl just isn't worth fixing anymore. I'll just drive it until it stops driving, then throw it away. In the meantime I'm trying to gather $2k together to replace it with another 4X4 beater (gonna try for a compact pick-em-up this time), and with Christmas it's hard to save. It all boils down to this: If the Cherokee gasps it's last breath before I scrimp up enough dough and find a suitable replacement I'll be forced to drive the Thunder Chicken in the salt

    Of course, this unforseen expense is also gonna cut into my plans on getting the 'Bird painted this winter, and driving it in the salt will accelerate the need to do so. Everything sucks
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    Default Re: Looks like the T-Bird is gonna have a taste of winter

    mines been out in the snow for the first time since ive owned it tonight, so i know the feeling...but its so fun!
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    I've literally driven through a hurricane.. I've driven in monsoon-like thunderstorms that had people crashing near me.. but I'm absolutely petrified over the thought of driving on ice and snow.. worse with a RWD car now. Last time I came close to it was with a '78 Corolla 5-speed (also RWD) driving up to visit family, and the temperature was hovering just around freezing while it was raining. I hated that trip.

    I honestly don't know, so please forgive me if this is an idiotic question, but.. is there anything you can apply to the car to minimize the effects of the salt?

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    Default Re: Looks like the T-Bird is gonna have a taste of winter

    i have heard form friends that moved out to chicago that cars dont last verry long bc of the salt. but you can get them treated withsomething like they drill holes or something (hard to rember it was a while ago) but what ever they do i know it makes them last longer than untreated.

    i was thinking of bringing the cougar on a trip and get it treated and the so the car would last longer. bc nj we dont get lots of the snow but we do sometimes. the car would last for a longer time. but i dont know now i have to play this waiting game.
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    My bird was my driver the first 6 or so years I owned it (1988-1994) and it included all weather. It has no noteable rust. I would say just hit car washes as much as possible, and hopefully get a beater as soon as $ lets you.

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    I've heard a crazy theory about putting diesel fuel all over the car, sticky, and resists rust due to the fact of it's petroleum nature. Don't wanna try it, though.

    Shawn, fun driving in the snow? Take my car for a drive, then we'll see how much fun you have. I have mismatched tires on the rear, a 15" 255 and a 14" 185. In addition niether has good tread, it's a peg-leg, and to top it all off, the car won't idle down at a normal idle speed, the high-idle is stuck on making it near impossible to stop or make turns.

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    Default Re: Looks like the T-Bird is gonna have a taste of winter

    That sucks man! I drove the Cougar last winter and I did not like it!

    I'm not rubbing it in or anything, but my Cougar has been sitting in the garage since winter set in and will do so for the remaining of winter! I hope so anyway; as long as the '91 Bronco holds out. lol

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    Wow I live next to chicago. we had about 1/2 inch in the past two days, but they must have though it was going to be a blizzard, bc the streets are white whith all the salt. My cat is covered. Living around here my hole life has made me expect this. I dont know of any special treatments to prevent rust other then good old rust proofing out of the dealer, however always having a couple of good coats of wax on the car always helps. For having 140,000 miles all around Chicago, my cougar is not very rusty. The underside is typical, and there are two spots by the passenger wheel well about the size if my fist, and some at the bottoms of the doors. it is all just surface rust. As for driving a RWD in the snow and ice, it just takes some getting used to and some patients, because the is NO getting somewhere in a hurry.

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    4" of snow here and coming down wet, it's so fun!

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    Default Re: Looks like the T-Bird is gonna have a taste of winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Ifixyawata
    I've heard a crazy theory about putting diesel fuel all over the car, sticky, and resists rust due to the fact of it's petroleum nature. Don't wanna try it, though.

    Shawn, fun driving in the snow? Take my car for a drive, then we'll see how much fun you have. I have mismatched tires on the rear, a 15" 255 and a 14" 185. In addition niether has good tread, it's a peg-leg, and to top it all off, the car won't idle down at a normal idle speed, the high-idle is stuck on making it near impossible to stop or make turns.
    Oh, lots of people do that back east. It's a shame too. Not diesel fuel, though, just motor oil around the door jams and rocker pannels. It looks like crap. Super lazy, when all it takes is regular washing.
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