“A Roman philosopher, Pliny, AD 23-79, wrote about ferrum corrumpitur, or spoiled iron. The Roman Empire had been established as the world’s foremost civilization. This discovery was due to the fact they used iron for weaponry and many other things”
Rust is defined as;
1/ To deteriorate or degenerate through inactivity or neglect
2/ Any of various powdery or scaly reddish-brown or reddish-yellow hydrated ferric oxides formed on iron and iron-containing materials by low-temperature oxidation in the presence of water
3/ To impair or spoil, as by misuse or inactivity
Rust is unsightly, it is unsafe and it seriously depreciates a vehicle, it is detrimental to ensure that you treat rust properly. Rust proofing technologies have been around for a very long time it is a very basic thing to treat. It’s impossible to not know that a car needs rust proofing in this day and age! Most paint places and even auto paint places have all that anyone could ever need to achieve satisfactory long-term repairs! They even have all the required information too!!
Rust proofing technologies have been around for thousands of years, throughout the history it has been used to protect many many things. Readily available consumer based products have been on the market since the 1800’s. Patents for such products have been around since the early 1930’s!!! We all know that we need to look after our cars and our homes and those whom live in sea-side areas know this all to well!! It’s common knowledge really!
Failure to treat rust correctly or in this case just covering it up is not only lazy but exceptionally poor. It endangered the lives, safety and wellbeing of the people in the vehicle and any person that may have had any incident with the vehicle. It was recommended to rust proof and treat the van on many occasions, this was very readily ignored and dismissed as slopping on a bit of paint was the easiest, fastest and by far laziest method! This act of ignorance and laziness turned a simple repair into what quickly became something very sinister indeed! The result over a short time was the destruction of the crucial structural integrity and thus the van became a very serious safety hazard.
The Bull-Bar was only held in by the barest of threads and the windscreen was very loose as the entire window surround has rusted through!
The floor had major holes in it and so did the doors! There was literally nothing to stop or save the occupants if even a minor incident happened!
If we also factor in that the passenger seat was also poorly fitted by only a couple of small screws and the seatbelt also attached. If there was a front end incident the chances of the front end crumpling, the bull bar piercing inwards and the passenger seat would have launched outwards…… Think about it………….not a place anyone would want to be!!!
The slideshow shows the severity of the rust and the beginning of all the extensive bodywork.