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Rust under the truck but no rust on body, bad?

I picked up my new to me ford ranger. The body is in great shape with no rust on it but underneath its pretty bad. It passed a safety and I only needed to get the ball joints done. Just wondering how much life I can expect out of a truck that's pretty rusty underneath but has nothing on the body?
 
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well is it surface rust or can you poke your finger into the cab? i mean mine is rusty and flaky underneath but there is good metal there.
 
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Its mostly surface but it is flaky, looks like there is some good size flakes. There's definitely no fingers going through anything. My concern is I'd like to get 4 or 5 years out of the truck.
 
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Well sand everything down then throw some paint under there.
 
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Really? Your in Ontario, My truck is 10 years old, underneath there is not a spec of paint left for rust but the body is almost perfect. Don't worry about it, its natural here, just drive it.
 
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Do the screwdriver test, Every year or so, take a screwdriver and poke the important spots under your truck with a screwdriver, if it sticks then fix it. if not, don't worry about it
 
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I would sand and paint the areas that are most concerning.
 
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I get a 3lb drilling hammer when testing frames. A few good whacks in one spot, no dent=good to go.
 
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I think he is talking just underbody. not frame.
 
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