Productive Monday night! The cooler weather is a big help.
The remaining 7 holes in the right rear fender were filled. The rear fenders still need the weld proud on the inside cleaned up a bit. Some minor tweaking should improve the alignment with the body slightly. The pits need to be blasted and filled. And, a decision about the gas fill hole is still to be made.
The car was set down on the ground and the engine and tranny were pulled.
The inner fenders were pulled off the shelf. The area around the openings for the control arms and spring hats had the paint removed. Filling those openings is next up.
The right rear fender was installed. Compared to the left fender, the right one fits better at the front and worse at the rear. I am reluctantly coming to terms with the fact the fenders are going to require welting. The alternative will be lengthy bouts of cutting, welding, grinding, and repeating. In the end they may still require welting. Or, they could be welded on and leaded in. I don't want this to drag on for more years. Welting it is.
The area around the gas fill tube opening was cleaned up. I am planning on filling this hole and installing a smaller filler built into the fender.
The front 11 holes were filled first. I got 8 of the 15 rear holes filled. I have lost about 80 lbs. over the last year. There are few things which were easier to do when I was heavier. One of them, however, was sitting on a non-padded creeper seat for hours. My bony behind just could not stand filling the remaining 7 holes, so they are left for another day.
Don couldn't come over so I started on the rear fenders.
The left rear came from ebay with two dents and undercoating.
The undercoating was removed. Most came off with a scraper. Easy but time consuming. Hammer and dolly work removed most of the dents. Eleven holes on the front section of the fender were filled and ground smooth. Just 15 holes to go (on the left fender - plus 26 on the right fender!).