Turning Our Attention to the Rear of the Body...
Dan is fabricating patch panels to match the existing contours of the body and tack welding them in place. This is a slow, tedious, demanding process.
And Some Very Exciting News!...
Here, Dan is working on the pan that goes between the frame rails under the rumble seat cushion. It was somewhat pock-marked from rust, especially on the underside. Dan wanted to smooth it out as much as possible prior to painting it. You can see here that he has applied body filler in thin layers and sanded each coat to eventually produce a smooth, paintable surface:
11-2-2011 - Dan has just about finished dressing up the rear lower body panels that had suffered substantial rust damage. After a little more sanding, he'll be ready to reprime this area.
And now (11-28-2011), Dan has painted the floor panel shown above on this page, using a two-part polyurethane paint. The side you see here is the side that faces down! It will be visible to anyone willing to crawl under the car. You can click on this image to see it full size. You had to see what condition this panel was in to start with to fully appreciate what Dan has accomplished. I feel very grateful to have both Dan and Deron working on this car. They are both extremely talented craftsmen.
12-1-2011 -- The rear floor panel (under the rumble seat forward to the rear of the passenger seat) is now installed in the wood body framing! Here are some pictures. Black is so-o-o-o hard to photograph. It looks better than new!
12-5-2011 The rear body "skin" is back in position on the wooden framework and Dan is fastening it in position! The body is held in place (believe it or not!) with dozens of tiny brads that go through holes in the sheet metal into the wooden structure.
And today (12-6-2011) the doors are mounted!