North American Turbocoupe Organization

Winter Prep?
Pony Boy Offline
Hey guys! I unfortunately have to drive my TC through the winter this year, and I was wondering if there is anything extra I can do to protect the car from rust. It's very solid right now, with only one spot of rust underneath the battery tray( leaking Battery apparently ). The clearcoat has peeled in spots, but otherwise, the car is in nice shape. Any suggestions for protecting the paint, besides washing it every week and avoiding driving the car on wet, salty roads?
1986 Turbo Coupe,K&N Cone Filter,Gillis Boost Valve,3-Speed Automatic,1987 Turbo Coupe Hood,Stock 1987 Intercooler,LA2, Big VAM.

Mike C Offline
Senior Member
A good coat of good wax for the top and look underneath for any bad spots and touch them up with paint or undercoating.
Mike C
86 5 speed TC black with MS spats and spoiler since 88, 3.73 8.8 since 89. Fresh rebuild at 240K with new Racer Walsh roller cam, 88 hood. All 3" exhaust w/3" performance cat. 13" Cobra brakes,SFC, Max/Motorsport C/C plates,adjustable lower control arms w/ double adjustable uppers. Konis & Eibachs.

1BadBird Offline
Also, when washing your car weekly, be sure to wash the underside as well.
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86XR7auto Offline
two words....snow tires....with snow tires and some weight in the should be able to get around ok.

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shays88tc Offline
Senior Member
definitely make sure you wash the under carriage very good. not sure if they salt the roads in NY but the salt gets into every litle nook and cranny and thats what makes the rust bad. Also watch the strut towers, as they seem to rot out really easily too.
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Pony Boy Offline
Yeah, New York uses salt,ALOT. I just undercoated the back fenders and quarterpanels, so that should help a little. Now I have to do the front. I have to buy some more undercoat though. The strut towers you're right about. I just hate trying to get at them to sand and paint. Thanks for all of your suggestions guys!
1986 Turbo Coupe,K&N Cone Filter,Gillis Boost Valve,3-Speed Automatic,1987 Turbo Coupe Hood,Stock 1987 Intercooler,LA2, Big VAM.

Pete D Offline
If you got rust under the battery tray, it may extend back to or beyond the strut tower. Saw that on one of mine. I removed the tray, cleaned it off, treated with POR-15 and then painted to color
Pete Dunham


jmthunderbirdturbo Offline
Posting Freak
WD40 spray works well in the nooks and crannys to keep the water and salt from settling, also works well under the window edges where the chrome/rubber meets the metal.

ive HEARD of a 'kerosene and chassis grease' mix doing the same, but dont quote me on that.

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Gary F Offline
Senior Member
I would recommend something a little stronger than wax. There are polyurethane polishes on the market that would protect your paint much better. Turtlewax has a brand but I forget what it's called. It's in a green bottle. You'd have to read the label to make sure it has polyurethane in it. Liquid Glass (a little pricey) and NuFinish are also good. You can get them at any parts store.
Gary Fraser

I used to be normal...then I got a Turbo Coupe.
'88 T5 Bone Stock w/3G Alt.

BJL Offline
i always try to after it snows i always clean the car at the pressure wash using the wax rinse as a final rise and getting all under the car, and then after that i drive it for about 30mins to get air flow to dry it completely, don't want the water to sit anywhere for long
Brian J Larkin
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