Originally Posted by boltuprite
If it was in 88 I doubt the technoogy was very sound. They use this on the trucks that spread road salt here in Canada and I also have heard this technology is in place on the oil pipelines to prevent rust building in the joints.
Anyway I had the module installed in my new Honda. Attaches to the battery and sends a low impulse electrical current down the body panels which prevent the rust molecules from bonding.
The package supposedly retailed for $1599.00 Canadian (I payed $599.00) and included fabric protection treartment and an acid rain protectant sealer on the paint.
The car is guranteed for life against rust perforation damage to any body panel and the warranty is transferable if you sell the car. Honda supposedly administers the warranty. We shall see how it works.
I hope it works out for you - I've seen where companies offered two kits, a cheaper one with fewer anodes and a more expensive with several. I think the key is getting the current to all parts where rust can form, but when you get salt in corners and seams and edges if there's no current it might not work so well.
I have to admit though when I saw that you got $1000 off the cost and they threw in 'fabric protection treatment' (basically a couple cans of 3m Scotchgard) and an acid rain protectant sealer (glorified wax job) I got a bit less impressed. The fabric protection has been a huge profit thing for car dealers for 30 years, and just as long ago they used to sell "Polyglycoat" or "MING" (Masters In Natural Glazing) treatments to "seal" the surface of the paint and you never, ever had to wax the car! (So they said.) And they got a ton of money for that stuff too. Back in 1979 I had the car dealer do the complete rustproofing thing to my brand new Trail Duster (cost me $9986 loaded, including tax, sigh) and when I removed the door panels to install speakers I found that they had sprayed the rustproofing at least 8 inches up from the bottom of the doors. Lots of good that would have done. Dealers make lots of money selling rustproofing, 'protectant' treatments, pinstriping, and other miscellany of questionable value.
Good luck with the anti rust system - I know the basic technology works, it's the implementation that determines if it does any good. By the way, when I lived in Vermont a very popular anti-rust treatment they used was to spray bar and chain oil all on the underside of the vehicle and inside the doors and fenders. One guy up there had a 72 Chev pickup and it looked new - pretty impressive in a place where most cars rot to hell quickly. The bar and chain oil, at least some brands, have an additive, maybe zinc chromate or something I forget, which really puts the kibosh on the rusting process. They did it every fall and used some sort of spray gun or something to do the job.
The car would drip for a little while, but it did really seem to work.
(Look - back in 1979 - dark tinted 'privacy glass' - did anyone think that was a modern, cool new idea?)