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Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 11:57 am 
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Early AU's, ford made some with a full galvanised bodies (zincanneal) it is a very light coating of zinc galvanised to the steel by BHP (now Bluescope Steel) ford then press their panels out of it. We had a unpainted AU shell outside at work for over 12 months with no rust.
Now I believe Ford dropped Zincanneal outer panels but mantained it for the inner panels.

 

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Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 8:26 pm 
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Early AU's, ford made some with a full galvanised bodies (zincanneal) it is a very light coating of zinc galvanised to the steel by BHP (now Bluescope Steel) ford then press their panels out of it. We had a unpainted AU shell outside at work for over 12 months with no rust.
Now I believe Ford dropped Zincanneal outer panels but mantained it for the inner panels.


so u saying my aug 98 au may have this?
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Posted: Wed May 04, 2005 9:48 pm 
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I'm not sure exactly the date it was introduced, I know it was done for a while, then dropped, mainly the because of the cost and the surface quality of the steel.
I do know it was during early AU just not exactly how early. I can tell you Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi and Toyota have at some stage used it on outer panels and most still do on inner panels where surface quality is not so much of an issue.

 

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Posted: Thu May 05, 2005 1:57 pm 
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yeah well consider yourselves lucky, back in canada, during winter the roads are covered in salt to remove ice, so yeah the amount of rust you build on ure car is ridiculous, most cars don't last more than a few years. not to mention it acutally gets the body panels pretty damn bad, and its not like its a smart idea to wash off the salt in the middle of winter, unless your retarded

 

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Posted: Thu May 05, 2005 2:06 pm 
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I know i need to take my spoiler off and treat the boot! Thats about the only place on my car that i reckon needs to get treated- and i have a white car too :shock: :) Na actually im going over the XR with paint doctor today decided to do a bit of detailing, hopefully it all goes well... :)

 

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Posted: Fri May 06, 2005 11:03 pm 
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I have a couple of pin pricks of rust on my roof. Anyone else notice some on theirs, looks like a stain but it surely doesn't always end up being one?
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Posted: Sun May 08, 2005 5:05 pm 
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its funny you should be saying about the zineallum (or whatever its called)

i work at GMH and the cars are e-coated after being welded together, they go through tanks and they are then primed, painted and so on, We have made a number of VE commodores (2006/7) and these are made with e-coat not needed, Using the Zinc based metal that fod used 7 years ago...

Something tells me they are a bit behind the 8 ball hehehe :D

On a side note..... would anyone be interested in a photo of a VE/WM.... complete new commodore..... i might be able to get a couple shots, but only of the raw shell....
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Posted: Sun May 08, 2005 5:21 pm 
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On a side note..... would anyone be interested in a photo of a VE/WM.... complete new commodore..... i might be able to get a couple shots, but only of the raw shell....


Hell no.

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2005 5:32 pm 
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Ive completely gone over my XR now, and rust treated it all. Not ONE bit of rust on the body work ne more!! :) except for the underbody, but i cant get underneath thier ne way lol :roll:

Its sweet, engine bay, door frames, boot, roof, spoiler etc all rust free. Looks like a new car, just need to revitalise the red strips and the black strips all around the doors/windows etc and the car will look in showroom condition just about :)

 

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Posted: Sun May 08, 2005 5:37 pm 
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AU_C2R wrote:
its funny you should be saying about the zineallum (or whatever its called)

i work at GMH and the cars are e-coated after being welded together, they go through tanks and they are then primed, painted and so on, We have made a number of VE commodores (2006/7) and these are made with e-coat not needed, Using the Zinc based metal that fod used 7 years ago...

Something tells me they are a bit behind the 8 ball hehehe :D


Story I heard was Ford tried to get the steel cheaper, and BHP refused, the deal went sour for a while, now I think they only buy it for inner panels where the surface quality is less critical, therefore cheaper.

 

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