It's been a long job, this door, smoothing over that major butt join of the bottom five inches replaced with new steel front to back. The time waiting between coats of high build primer and body filler to dry off before the next step is what is soaking up the time, but... Getting there with it.
Going around to do a check on the body after a long cold dry spell to see how it's faring down there, Dusty, but dry and free from rust, well, a light surface dusting here and there, expected, before it gets several coats of primer and top coat later on in the build.
looking down, under the front, again it's doing good under there. That tow eye stands out.... Modern vehicles have that as a screw on part with the socket hidden by a cap in the bumper.
that reminds me of a case I dealt with when I was a new SOCO 20 years back. A lad, old enough to know better, gets drunk and had a habit of using the road as a temporary bed, he's been warned on previous occasions how dangerous and stupid this is, on this occasion he has a skin-full and lays down in the East Bound Carriageway of the a27, along comes Miss Maypool, (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) in her 1970 VW Beetle, passing under a faulty street lamp, as what appeared to be a black rubbish sack passes under her wheels....Bumpety Bump. That was no Rubbish sack! Upon close examination under good lighting conditions of the P.M. table, what part of the smooth bottom of a VW beetle could have caused that massive rent in his groin? almost like a ragged hole three inches deep next to his tackle. All these Years later I've found the culprit.
Finally lifted the body shell up off the Chassis and placed it inside the workshop where I can do some more work on it.
there's lots still to be done. The odd dolly wheel finally gave up and broke off, so the body is resting on timbers on the floor for the time being, till I can re-model the body trolley and jack it up and slide the trolly underneath.
got some cans of etched primer and plain white primer, ready to use.
the areas of rust that has developed during the winter hold over are ready to be wire brushed off, krusted and ....
the rust reduced to a few pitts, converted to black by the krust. The etch primer working it's way in, let that dry off and then it's time for some sanding back.
Sanding back the surface and applying standard white primer over the etch. that should hold off the rust returning till I can get the paint gun at it, but there are a dozen spots still to be done first.