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Do you drive in the rain (have rust anxiety)?

  • 16-02-2022 3:06pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭

    I keep my classic in the underground carpark and check the weather forecast before going out in order to keep the dreaded rust at bay. Yet I see all sorts of classics being driven in bad rain (possibly got caught out?), and I see a Beetle parked up every time I go to a certain place come rain or shine, so that owner drives in the rain.

    This Sunday my owners club are having a run to Wicklow and it looks like it could be pretty wet, in two minds about it now, having said I'll go a few weeks back.

    So, what are your views on it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 698 ✭✭✭Tazio

    Good question... I personally try to avoid bad weather in my classics; but have been caught out over the years. It's not so much the rain/wet that bothers me. I live rural and the roads are generally covered in slurry / muck around here. This stuff is not good in hidden areas of the car left for long periods imo.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,020 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    What I can't understand is lads spending a fortune on a classic and then letting it sit outside the house to rot away.

  • Registered Users Posts: 222 ✭✭Ryano87

    Lol I used to be the exact same. Got my mgb GT resprayed in 2010 and have gone through 3 out door carcoons since!

    For me it depends on the car. My mg is in long term storage now and as a result I get little to no time I'm it but I don't like to see it left out on the rain as it will rust!

    Im currently daily driving an 86 mark 2 GTI golf. It lives outside and is driven in all conditions... And it's liberating not to be worrying about the weather! A good coat of polish and ensuring to clean the underneath/arches properly and apart from that I drive it on.

    From now on I'll just enjoy my classics and not worry about the weather.. I think opening them up on a dry day is as good as anything for preserving them

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,310 ✭✭✭w124man

    Mine are all rust proofed so I dont have an issue. I have an attachment for powerwashing the underside of the car so it cleans any muck or salt off. I once had to drive from Limogues to Bourgueil in France in absolutely torrential rain, three solid hours with 30 year old wipers on a 300SE!

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,742 ✭✭✭PsychoPete

    I very much believe cars are built to be driven and enjoyed. Whether its a modern daily or classic you should be cleaning the underneath of the car every so often anyway

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭MrCostington

    Thanks guys, I guess I should be less anxious about it, I guess we have to be, living here in Ireland.

  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,090 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman

    Whats the point in having them, if you cant drive them in the rain.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,742 ✭✭✭PsychoPete

    If you owned a convertible then I could understand people being a bit more protective over the car but if its a normal classic then just drive on, no point keeping them locked away

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭MrCostington

    Thanks for all the replies, I will try to relax a bit more about it :)

    The run on Sunday was posponed this morning due to weather!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,310 ✭✭✭w124man

    Yes it was, wasn't it! What car were you going to come in?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭MrCostington

    Oh, you're in the club too? In my C123. You have a few, yes? what were you going to take?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,310 ✭✭✭w124man

    I was going to bring the 300SE and I'm kinda glad its cancelled. The weather is rough today!

    Did you not read your last (but one) Gazette? I wrote an article on the concours competition

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭Thinkingaboutit

    I drive in the rain. If an area of rust is properly repaired (which is the difficulty), it'll never be an issue, particularly when parked afterwards under cover or in a garage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭MrCostington

    I vaguely remember something about a trip from Ireland to judge a concurs, that was you? Sure I just know you as w124man here :), so would not have made the connection. not What issue was it, Jan?

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,694 Mod ✭✭✭✭Henry Ford III

    I avoid driving my MKII Escort in wet conditions tbh. The car isn't rusty and I'd prefer to keep it that way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,310 ✭✭✭w124man

    Yeah that was me! I posted it first on the Club Forum and I was asked to rewrite it for the Club Gazette.

    I'm going to the Concours competition again this year and I'll be judging the Club Class, same as last year. The standard of prep on these cars is astonishing!

    Issue was December last

  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 13,474 ✭✭✭✭antodeco

    Typically I'll try and avoid the rain as much as I can. I've been caught out in it a few times though. I think that's stands to me though as 2 of mine (1976 and 1980) are in fairly decent nick. Saying that need a good detailer who does classic cars in Dublin!

  • Registered Users Posts: 400 ✭✭Conway635

    Mine is a 1957 Ford 100E, so not an everyday driver, but I like to use it most weekends for local running around. I try to make it "earn its keep" by using it for local running around that I would be doing in any case. I live in rural Westmeath, so the back roads are ideal round here for a car whose comfortable cruising speed is 40 MPH, but I have to be wary of potholes!

    If it's very wet I've leave it in the garage, but I won't sweat it if I'm caught out in a shower.

    Certainly for me, the fun is in driving it rather than having it.


  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 650 CMod ✭✭✭✭LIGHTNING

    Well my classics sit outside in the rain so yeah I take them out in the wet!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,261 ✭✭✭MrCostington

    Nice :) I'm the same, I drove into work this morning, and on Sunday used it to recycle an old CRT TV for a friend, as my boot was the biggest of all available cars.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 206 ✭✭_ptashek_

    I drive all my cars regardless of weather as they're stored in a climate controlled garage where rust has almost zero chance of forming.

    The restored one is laid up over winter when there's chance of salt on the roads, but that's about all the special treatment it gets.

    All are heavily protected with wax etc. in exposed spots or box sections.