This chapter finds us back at the body shop for
the goal of getting all four doors blasted, fixed, prepped, and primed. It will
make a milestone of getting the driver's side in primer from the fender to the
rear quarter panel if I can get the rocker done as well. Here is Sherman with no
Below is a hole in the passenger side rocket
which was the first thing fixed by the body shop. The picture at left shows a
"hunk of car" I bought in 2010 for around $100 to have a patch panel on hand
Below are all four doors as they came back from
the blaster's. The driver's side doors are all of the parts car as the originals
were wrecked, and both passenger side doors are original to the car.
Here is the driver's side door as delivered to
the body shop. I have no clue as to why there was so much filler on the door
from a previous repair.
Door cleaned up good except for the rot at the
Below is the driver's side rear door as it came
from the parts car.
I actually paid around $300 back in 2006 to
have it professionally repaired and put in primer at another shop than my
current one. It looked good for a number of years, and then rust started
dripping out the holes for the trim at the bottom.
Because of the dripping rust and since body
shop #2 will be painting the whole car, I decided to pay to have it stripped
again, fixed properly, and with primer that is chemically compatible with what
the shop is using. If you look at the bottom right, you'll notice even though I
paid for repair the previous body shop cut corners and just slathered filler
over the swiss cheese.
Below is the passenger side front door original
to the car.
The original cleaned up well.
Inside. A little swiss cheese at the bottom and
Here is the original passenger rear.
This is after the body shop sanded it to get a
good base line to compare it to a parts car door I had. The original door won.
Inside: swiss cheese at the bottom but as