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Episode 30: Project-COVID 1953 – Starting On The Body Work

Project-COVID 1953 Bel Air Restoration – Starting On The Body Work

Rick Drewry

Welcome back everybody to project COVID 1953. It is our 1953 Chevrolet project and wanted to let you know where I was and what I was doing. I’ve got a lot of the mechanical parts done that I wanted to. And then from there, I decided to go ahead and start on the bodywork. The bodywork was gonna be a challenge because there was a lot of rust and that was from it being in a fire, a garage caught on fire. I had two sets of fenders. It turns out the original fenders were actually a better candidate for repair than the two that I purchased. It had the rust from where it burnt the paint off, but it didn’t have a whole lot of bodywork that needed to be done.

Compared to the other ones, they were much better. So getting ready to strip those down, strip the rust out of the inside as well as the outside. Then also the hood, the hood significant amount of rust. I’m gonna be doing a lot of chemical stripping there. So a lot of fast edge, spray-on acid that will actually reduce or eliminate a lot of the rust. And you basically wire brush it off, put some more on back and forth, back and forth until you get it down to where you want. If I would sandblast or grind it, I think it would take too much good material away. It would make the panel too thin to even use. A lot of that’s going into it and you’ll see that. I’ll let you know how it goes, but we’re moving on to some good stuff with the bodywork. 

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