Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Northfield, Illinois
Once completely disassembled, down to the shell, (which can be carried around by two people!) many send the shell out to be chemical dipped. This is good as it exposes all corrosion, but bad in that the chemical can be trapped in boxed in areas. It does allow a thorough analysis of corrosion damage, or poorly repaired sheet metal damage.
Another preferred method is "dry-ice blasting", good for removal of fillers or plastic coatings. It leaves no residue other than material removed.
"Soda-blasting" is another good one, soda residue dissolves in water.
Finally, many use chemical strippers, then hand labor to get down to solid metal. Very labor intensive.
Walnut, or fine glass media collects in hidden areas and can later become a moisture trap unless removed.
Remember that these cars were designed with a service life of 3 to 5 years, and "sealed passages" in the body structure were not sealed well.
There will be plenty of corrosion.
As you disassemble, photograph and catalog everything, including fasteners. Use tags on wire loom components. Document everything done and seen in a notebook.
Eventually you need to put it back together again correctly!
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