Been there....done that
I am currently storing 3 cars and have the means to drive another 4WD SUV when there is salt on the road, which is about 4 months of the year around here.
I spent many years driving my "manly" rust eaten, got anywhere car in mud, -40F snow, rain....
That was back in my younger years when 5 years was a lifetime.
I began by storing my 79 Formula every winter since I bought it. It is, as it was.....no, much better, than brand new.
So is my Bonne.
Even if my 1970 Tempest didn't get wrapped around a tree.
it wouldn't be with me now because it was my manly car. Looked great on the outside when I washed and waxed it but if you jacked it up and got underneath....
It didn't take much force to bend that car into a horseshoe, the rust was so bad.
I was like that with my Jeep when I first bought it in 1988. I would crawl underneath to clean it every day. It got very muddy so I would spend more time cleaning it than driving it.
That lasted for about 12 years. Now I use it to take the winter bullets and it is in mint condition due to it'* low 150 K kilometers of clean driving.
The first year, I had the Bonne, I drove it on a trip, in the rain, in the salt, in the dirt, for a whole weekend.
It took a whole week to clean it after that.
Had to disassemble half the car to clean it.
The front half shafts are not painted, as are so other misc. hardware on the front suspension. In that one excursion, they rusted. I had to remove, clean and paint.
I just didn't like the way it looked.
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