PART 3: COSMETIC FLUFF
Just Can't Be Seen Driving a Rust Bucket...I Just Can't
While waiting on the emissions test notification I decided to clean up Rusty a
bit being the obsessive compulsive anal retentive kinda guy that I am. What a great
opportunity to give body work a shot. Having never used Bondo before I figured this
is as good a chance as any to work on a car with rust. So the rust holes in the roof
panel were repaired and the rubber door moldings removed and the rust underneath was
That doesn't looks so bad.
Wire wheel and the extent of the rot becomes clear.
Some more grinding (look at all that rust) and some bondo.
A few layers of primer and wetsanding, a shot a Dupli-color and PRESTO-CHANGO...
Under the rubber door strips...MORE RUST
A littel bit more primer and a shot a paint and a halfway decent door again.
I dismantled the door and pulled out he “punched” door lock and repaired the
damage there. I used factory colored spray paint which of course didn’t match the 17
year old original paint but it was close enough.
If you are going to break into a car...don't do it with a slide hammer!
I removed and resprayed the rear lip
spoiler too. The whole car was given a good wash and a wax and the wheels were scrubbed
with navel jelly to remove decades of brake dust and whataya know? From 15 feet the car
actually looked pretty good!Me Likes Clean
Not bad from 15 feet.
to Hotrod: Part 1
Metal: Part 2
Gravy: Part 4
Work: Part 5
and Some Oil Cleanup: Part 6
Hacks: Part 7
Miscellaneous: Part 8
Gauges Plus: Part 9
a Lincoln? Suspension Upgrades: Part 10
Shoes: Part 11
Next: Part 12
Twist: Part 13
to the Oldies: Part 14
Suspension Work: Part 15
Heart and Soul: Part 16
II: To Jump to the Next Series of Installments: Begins with Part 17 - A Good Rear End
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