Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Early 1600 ?
What other rust can you see
Is the paint original or a re spray (hiding more rust)
Is it complete
Is it the original engine
Does/did it run
The good news is the reproduction parts/panels that you need (4x floors minimum) are relatively cheap, a good fit and easy to source. It will likely need attention to the sills (rockers) too
The construction (spot welds) is fairly simple when you understand how it goes together. Easy to deconstruct and repair.
I suggest you buy a TIG/MIG, angle grinder and spot weld drill bits and jump right in.
Outsourcing good metal work will be very expensive. You may not have the skills now, but they're easy to perfect
Work from the floors up, ie. transmission tunnel out and up.
Replace panels as whole factory pieces, it works out cheaper (time and capital) than patching in the long run.
Be realistic with your project timeline (years)
There's nothing complicated here, but it is a big job. Rewarding and far simpler if done correctly.
Last edited by Craig_m67; 11-15-2014 at 07:14 AM.