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Hey guys,

I couldn't resist. A buddy was in a tough spot and had to sell his truck quick. I bought this very good condition F-250 on the cheap. At first I thought I might just flip it but on the drive to get it home I fell in love.

460, C6, NP208. Sterling rear with a Detroit Locker, HD D44 upfront.

I have too many trucks already and so this one needs to live outside if I keep it. That said, I'd like to protect it from the elements (mostly intense sun and seasonal rain). It seems like I should invest in a cover but we get pretty high winds here. Any advice about car covers in a somewhat windy area? If it just flaps around and causes paint damage maybe I am better off with the exposure. Thanks, let me know if you have any experience that can help. If I end up keeping this truck I want it to stay as nice as possible.

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That is nice! If you wash it, polish the paint to remove the oxidation then put down 2 or 3 coats of carnauba wax, that white paint will do well in the weather.
 

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carport with sides

That truck looks great, Im going to be looking for something like that soon.
 

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If you love it, let it go. ;) Seriously - if you can't take care of it the way you want it to be taken care of, sell it to someone who will. :shrug
You always offer an alternative perspective, lol. But that is actually the point. After spending most of my life in Syracuse NY, I am like the rescue home for rust free Fords in Flagstaff. People here just can't have the same perspective, I am used to less than 10 year old trucks with rust holes big enough to throw a cat through!

My buddy sold me this truck because he knew I'd love on it and not flog it.
 

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x2 on the carport. To deal with the high winds... try bolting it down to some rail road ties.
I started doing that after loosing a carport and having to go pick up the pieces across 700 ft. of field.
 

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The sad part is we have a nice big carport on the property. I'm to scared to tell the boss she needs to get her horses out of there! We have a horse property with a nice big carport that protects our stalls and hay storage. Some day we'll build a proper barn and I can load up the carport with old Fords!
 

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Sweet looking truck, I second the carnuba wax mention. That stuff is a really good protectant (although if you're dealing with high winds blowing stuff around clearly wax isn't going to stop flying rocks or sticks).
 

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He lives in Arizona, so 2 or 3 layers of wax will protect against dust, but if it's trapped in a dust storm, say bye-bye to those layers. It's the only downside to my suggestion, but I think the paint would be recoverable after said storm.
 

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He lives in Arizona, so 2 or 3 layers of wax will protect against dust, but if it's trapped in a dust storm, say bye-bye to those layers. It's the only downside to my suggestion, but I think the paint would be recoverable after said storm.


Yeah I've never been out to AZ but I hear the dust storms can be really brutal. It would probably strip the wax layers off I agree...I guess it would be better than nothing though.

Great thing about AZ though is how well old cars survive out there since there's just no real humidity to speak of. Not like here in VA where they turn to rust buckets.
 

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We don't get much snow here in VA. But we are on the east coast and it's super humid...the air itself just eats up older cars here. The salt sure doesn't help though on the occasion we get it.
 

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They drop salt here maybe 2-3 times a year tops. But I'll agree they definitely leave it down for a long time, no spray trucks to clean it or anything like that. It can be a mess for a while.
 

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Humidity isn't the problem - I used to live in SW Louisiana with 150% humidity, and my truck never had a speck of rust. The body tub still doesn't, and it's been sitting in the woods for a couple of years now on a trailer.
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/931975
http://www.supermotors.net/registry/media/998927

It's the salt that gets used on the roads in winter that eats vehicles away. If the owners allow it to just build up & soak in, the vehicles don't stand a chance. It has to be washed away frequently & thoroughly.
brine is used on bridges in dfw. They started that a few years ago.
 
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