I had no idea just how much time it takes to fix the body of a 50 year old car. I thought that getting reproduction sheet metal, and I mean the good stuff, would mean very little body work. I mean, after all, they didn’t have to mess with filler and fixing all the little dings that accumulate over the years. This has been my education in auto body art.
With all of the warts exposed, it’s time to start cleaning it up. As it turns out, the majority if the exterior sheet metal needed replacing. The frame was straight, only needing minor dings removed. The rust in the rear went to the base of the wheel well as well as the surface metal. The doors had enough issues with both the interior and exterior that getting a new shell was the cheaper option. Fenders and rear deck were an obvious need. With the previous damage to the hood, I opted to replace it with a new hood with directionals in it.