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1975 911S - Preventing rust

Hi folks,

I'm considering purchasing a 1975 911S. The car appears to have zero rust. The weather here in Vancouver BC is quite wet. Will our damp climate pose a problem to the longevity of the car? I don't plan to drive the car in the rain often but I'm sure it will happen. I do have a garage however it is not climate controlled and does feel quite damp in the winter. I'd hate to be the owner that lets rust creep into this great looking car. Will sitting in a damp but dry garage result in rust? What are the normal precautions to prevent rust in a non-anodized car?

Thanks for your input.

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yep it will ! there are some things to do . a dehumidifier will help also big sheets of cardboard under the car will also soak up moisture from the floor . you will have to change the cardboard every 4 weeks or so .
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I recently purchased a 73 911 that sat on a wooden floor in a barn for 10 years. There is no rust underneath, anywhere. It was sitting on 3" thick x 6" to maybe 8" wide rough sawed planks (oak I think) and I'm still amazed at how little rust there is on the car. The only real rust is where the spare tire resided and I'm guessing it just rubbed the paint off over the 25+ years it was on the road. Don't know if I just had some dumb luck or the wood actually prevented the rust, but it sure appears to have worked. The rotors barely showed surface rust, although the calipers were frozen.. to be expected. Even the tires didn't dry-rot, they look brand new and still hold the correct amount of air. Although we don't live on the west coast, we do experience the 3 H's and it's damp even in the winter, especially this past one.
Just my 2 cents, not very scientific!
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In the past I put a sheet of thin Mil plastic down on the concrete floor and then took a heavy canvas tarp, folded it in half, and put it down on top of the plastic. I parked the car on top of that and covered the car with a blanket

I then wired a 40 watt bulb inside a metal coffee can with no lid. I sat this on top of a piece of floor tile and put it on the passenger side floor. The light stayed on all winter. on the coldest days when I would go out to check, the interior was nice and dry and warm.

A little quirkey, sure. But I think it helped.

Last year I insulated the garage walls and put foam insulation on the garage doors. I also installed a 6 foot baseboard heater and kept the thermostat set low. I still used the plastic and canvas tarp. That made a huge difference.

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