My friend Chester bought this 2006 Taurus from an online auction in Ohio. Luckily it was cheap for the year and low mileage, but what’s cheap for such a rusty car?. After it was trucked here, he discovered the rust in the floor boards. There is no recourse or possible return. Oddly, the rest of the car is really very nice. There is no rust in the areas where we sometimes see it. Actually we seldom see much rust at all around here on a vehicle this new.
Is this sort of rust common in other areas, AKA the rust belt? Is floor rust common in Tauruses that don’t show rust in other places? Is it possibly a flood car that was not disclosed? Did it possibly get water inside, and rust from inside to outside? That seems rare.
Chester brought it to me to see if it can be saved. I told him that I don’t think the car can be made safe, even if “new” floorboards can be welded or riveted in. He’s thinking aluminum sheet. I’m thinking floor sections cut from a wrecked Taurus. I stomped and twisted the worst of the rust out of the floors to see if I could get to reasonably good material. The picture, if it loaded correctly, shows what is left.
The other option is to sell it to someone named Flintstone.