Yep, I am hoping that all the cataloguing will pay dividends later.it takes what i takes time wise and all the time spent organizing will pay off in refurbing n reassembly
ive never stripped a car fully to the shell all in one pass, or kept track of time as it is what it is
The reassemby takes 3-4x longer maybe longer if cleaning up as you go as I do
just had my 59 media blasted n powder coat primed n really happy with the results and the fact it will curb rust for awhile
you'll appreciate seeing it on its return, try not to worry to much on the warts, just make it straight and tackle a section at a time
oh, removing front bumper nuts should be easier, try them first and if they are fighting you, heat them up if needed or soak with penetrating oil
I plan on tackling the cleanup of mechanical parts myself, but will send out the SPICA and engine for rebuilds. As for the stainless, chrome, and interior, I'm not sure of the best approach yet. I want to learn new skills, and will probably try to tackle some tasks until/unless it's just beyond my ability, and then find the experts who do this for a living.
This restoration is rather like eating an elephant, one spoonful at a time. I'm just trying to spend a minimum of 4 hours daily to make progress, rather than risking frustration burnout. Some who have restored some very fine motorcars on this forum have advised this approach, and it makes sense.