Well, this is literally a rust free body now because it goes through a few processes during the dips. Basically everything that is not metal, gets eaten away. Again, due to the amount of rust, I thought this was the best way to go. Although coloring/lighting in the photos is a bit weird and may not illustrate everything quite as well as in person.letank wrote: ↑Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:54 pmthank you for the picts, great job.
How are the A pillars, this is a real weak point on most older rigs as the windshield gasket shrinks, the poorly treated metal rust really fast... at the base and the roof mount as well to avoid more surprises. Looks decent from the picts... a lot of putty was used in those roof areas as well as the cowl on the assembly line.
Yes the rear wheel wells are exactly that: deep wells, check the thickness by the rear bench pedestal at the rear wheel well forward area
The A pillars aren't as bad as I thought. Some damage, but not terrible. The rear wheel wells are absolutely chewed up. We're replacing the lower quarter panel and will have to fab some more metal into the wells.
There are areas on the body where there is metal, but it is too thin for our liking so we'll replace. There are no more surprises since it is is what it is. It is taken apart and stripped. Pricey and laborious, but the best way for a proper restore I think.
My next quest is to find someone to make new leaf springs for this thing, and going through everything on and in the axles/rebuilding/resealing.