Mopars are common to rust out, it’s just by-product of the factory assembling cars with so many key components left untreated and in raw metal. Add to it the majority of Mopars being sold throughout the “rustbelt” and in areas where heavy snows are treated by dumping huge amounts of salt, and you’ve got a deadly combination.
On the other side of the spectrum to the “snow belt”, Mopars that have called areas like Florida home are even more prone to rust thanks to the salty air. Unless a car is locked inside a building its entire life, it’s always going to see some type of salt in the air. Most of the rustiest Mopars we’ve ever seen have been in Florida, especially near the coast. It sure is amazing what salt air will do to vintage metal!
We’ve seen a lot of rusty Mopars in our lifetime. Some better than others but there are always those memorable few that stand out. We recently came across a factory FJ5 Sublime 1970 Dodge Super Bee for sale on Facebook Marketplace down in Pensacola, Florida and we can simply not believe how much rust is has!
This will forever be one of the memorable few! A fellow named Ernie listed this Super Bee for sale with an asking price of $4,500 USD. The ad states, “Very, very badly rusted out, I mean everything is super bad, and I have a couple of Coronet shells to sell separately. The Bee does have a rally dash, 8 and 3/4 rear end. Glass is good except for windshield, tail panel is good, hood is bad but does have the center scoop that looks ok. 15 inch rally wheels.”
We can’t believe the amount of rust this poor Super Bee has! Every piece of metal has rust of some form. The quarters are so bad, there are chunks of rust falling off on the deck of the trailer and the trunk mat is even coming out the side of the quarter panel! By the looks of the bend at the door and fender gap, the frame rails are probably non-existent!
In all fairness, with a parts car and a whole ton of metal from Classic Muscle Metal and Auto Metal Direct (AMD), this Super Bee could be saved however; it would be a tough one! It would be one cool car finished!