The car is not so rusted, but of course attacked in the usual areas of these cars.
But very bad bodywork has been done with this car earlier, so this will take most of the time before paint. The bodywork done on this car in the USA dissapoints me a lot.
There's bondo everywhere on this car, so I call it the "bondo-machine"....and it's not funny.
I feel like an archiologist when I strip the car for paint, covering the original paint, but also very bad bodywork. I wish I had a time-machine so I could go back in time and knock the bodyman on the shoulder and say: "Don't do it like that!"
The doors on the car had rust in the front corners towards the front fenders. I have changed the door skins and even the door shells on both sides.
The left-hand side rear quarter panel is also replaced due to poor bodywork performed earlier. The trunk lid is also replaced. The right-hand side quarter panel has been replaced before, but here a lot of bondo was present, so I have to fix it some way.
It is obvious that the car has been crashed at the rear. The rear body panel has also been replaced.
And of course the rear body upper panel is all rotted out towards the trunk. This will also be replaced by fresh metal.
New door skins on used, rust-free door shells
The new door skins fitted very well and I now have rust-free doors!
No turning back....the car gets stripped for paint! The truth reveals....
Rear body panel, between the rear window and the trunk lid. Rust never sleeps....
New rear body panel from NPD test fitted before final adjustment and welding.
Front windshield - lower part towards dash panel. The double-wall sheetmetal tends to trap moisture and then this happens....
The spotwelds must be drilled out in order to release the dash panel
The spotwelds have been drilled out and it's time to release the dash panel from its rusty home
The dash panel is removed and time to inspect the rust damages
Took time to grind down and prime the inside of the dash while the panel was removed, hard to reach area otherwise
Finally some layers of black glossy paint
Harald made a nice piece of metal which replaces the rotted area under the upper dash panel. That way I didn't have to replace the whole cowl panel....
Removal of 1 1/2 inch of bondo on the left-hand side quarter panel.
Bad bodywork left quarter panel.
Dents and poor bodywork everywhere on my left quarter panel, that's why I deceided to attach new replacement sheetmetal here.
New quarter-panel from NPD test fitted before final welding. I was surprised over how thin the replacement sheetmetal was and actually disappointed about the quality.