You mean you are not a body repair guy yet. You may be when finished. Jbugs has some nice videos on their website on restoration. First step is to spray every bolt you can see wih a rust buster type product. Then strip everything (fenders, hood, etc.) from body shell. I'm old and slow so I take photos of every step and keep hardware bagged and labeled. Generally patch panels are easier than fabricating your own unless you are patching smaller holes. Look through this forum for rustybug's posts. He has a very detailed step by step on a very rusted bug. Good luck to you and welcone to the group.