Well, the car is now back in my garage and in a building for the first time in at least 20 years. On Saturday, with the help of some mates, she was pulled out from her bush, lifted into a cattle trailer (hence the straw!), then brought home. The reinforcing bars I bolted in did their job, and there didn't seem to be any movement and the door apetures are the same size as they were.
I had planned on taking the car to a blasters first, but couldn;t arrange time off work, people to lift it and the blasting place being open all at once. My new plan is to start to stabilise the chassis, welding up the crossmembers and sills (rockers) and floor. Then I will decide whether to blast or mecanically strip.
Virus Alfa- well and truly infected.