I feel bad for you guys that don't live in the rust belt...
Ok, I'm kidding...but...
Like the famous Frank Sinatra quote:
“I feel sorry for people that don't drink because when they wake up in the morning, that is the best they're going to feel all day.”
I bought this 5spd crossmember from a junkyard in Georgia, and even at 26 years old, it still has the factory paint on it.
Around here, parts like this crossmember actually rust to the point that they will break in two or one side will break completely off the frame. I had been looking for one of these crossmembers for months and every time I came across a 1988-1996 F150 being parted out the frames and crossmembers were rusted to the point they were not usable. They were either full of holes or already broken.
1984 F150 4X2 Flareside. Mild 302 w/GT40 heads, BBK headers, Holley 4bbl, Comp Cam, M5R2 5spd swap, Magnaflow full duals. Blotchy paint, original bare bones stripper.
2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI My new fuel sippin' mile-eater for work.
2015 Lexus IS250 AWD F-Sport Mrs. Rembrant's ride. Far too fancy for me. All I do is wash it for her.
Re: I feel bad for you guys that don't live in the rust belt...
I can only imagine. I remember driving through Ohio a few years ago and even relatively new vehicles had major rust problems. I couldn't live there as it would just kill me to see things falling apart, literally before my eyes.
As for “I feel sorry for people that don't drink because when they wake up in the morning, that is the best they're going to feel all day”, my two cups of Starbucks makes me feel better each morning. And the one I'm drinking now will give me a boost this afternoon. (Boy, do I need it!)
Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in bac, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI