Well... It's a really nice car and I'm sure it'll look fabulous when completed. However.... Those floor pans and rockers are totally trashed. I wouldn't consider at all a type of repair. This is a 100% replacement from edge to edge. When you do the rockers, put the doors and fenders on and align them with the quarters before you do any cutting. That way you'll know if something is not right with the rockers. Also, it would be a good idea to weld in support struts after you've aligned the doors to quarters, fenders to doors. this will help to keep the body in alignment when the rockers are removed... Leave the doors on when aligning the outer rocker skin. Once aligned, use tech screws to hold it in place before tack welding. check door gap to quarter is still even then if all is good, then before welding, be sure the the rocker is parallel with the bottom of the door edge. Also, don't try to make the gaps abnormally tight. The door hinge geometry is not designed for 1/8in gaps. If that's what you're after? you will need to do much more to make that work.I just brought home a 1953 Chevy convertible Monday that is 100% there. 100% there except for the bottom 6 inches that is. I have always built rusty cars no one else wanted but have tried to do a quality job of repairing them on a budget.
The key wordhere is budget. I admit to being frugal but friends all say I am cheap. Whatever, for me to be able to enjoy this hobby I must be able to build the car and have my money invested, not just spent
The cost of replacement floor pans, floor braces, inner rockers, outer rockers, lower quarter panels, tow boards, trunk pan, rear pan extension, tail pan, and rear splash apron is well over 3000 dollars. That is money that will buy front suspension, rear axle, and good buildable engine. Maybe even a complete parts car.
I have basic sheet metal tools but nothing exotic. Small 3' brake, Shrinker/stretcher jaws, home made slip roll, and a home made english wheel and 110v mig welder.
My purpose here is to show the new hot rodder who is apprehensive about what he can do what is possible with a little time and patience and not much money.
Below is the patient. She has stage four cancer but we are going to try to save her. If we don't who will? :mwink:
So far I have stripped the inside, removed the front fenders and adjusted the doors. If the body shifts or moves during the build process I want to know it before everything gets welded together. Frequently checking door gaps will let me make sure it has not moved.
Tomorrow I plan to cut the toe boards loose from the front floor brace and expose the brace. The first job will be to remove the brace and reproduce it.
I hope you guys follow along and feel free to comment share thoughts, opinions, etc.