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Electricity Protects Vehicles From Rust
Latest new way to protect cars and trucks from rust is the "Rustbuster" system developed by David McCready, president of A.C. Technology, Altoona, Penn. His system uses electricity from the car or truck's battery to stop rust, applying technology that's been used for years on ships, bridges and pipelines.
James Hayward, company representative in Canada, explains that rust is caused by the oxidation of metal: "More specifically, it's the attraction of oxygen electrons with a positive charge to metal electrons with a negative charge. Moisture acts as an Šelectrolyte' or conducter for this electron transfer. Heat, such as sunlight, makes the reaction more efficient. Once the metal electrons are released, you get rust.
"The Rustbuster system fights the electron transfer by circulating current from the vehicle battery through the surface moisture on the body of the vehicle. This electrical current satisfies the oxygen's need for electrons. The system works full time ¨even when the vehicle's shut off ¨ and protects the entire car against rusting, including the frame and underbody. It's 75 to 95% effective and is compatible with any existing rust-proofing treatment," says Hayward.
To install, two anodes (or contact points) mount on opposite ends and corners of the vehicle. Wires run from these anodes to a central control unit which is usually mounted under the hood. This unit is connected to the fuse box's direct power source feed-in. Once installed, the Rustbuster uses no more battery power than a car clock and can be transferred to a different vehicle when you sell or trade yours.
Rustbuster units also install on tractors and combines. A large system, with more anodes, is available for semi trucks.
Rustbuster sells for right at $220.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, AC Technology Inc., P.O. Box 1971, Altoona, Penn. 16603 (ph 814 944-8700).
In Canada, contact: Conroy Electronics, 11 Argyle St. N., P.O. Box 1090, Caledonia, Ont. N0A 1A0 (ph 416 765-6808).


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