1940 Mercury Eight Convertible Sedan - Rust Repair
Once the Merc is apart it goes to the plastic media blast
booth to get stripped of it paint and surface rust. As you can see in the
above photos, rust had a pretty good start going under the paint. Once blasted
clean, the parts and body are sprayed with an epoxy primer to prtect the
bare metal while we repair the damage.
Bracing is important to keep the body from twisting or bending
during the restoration, especially on a convertible body that lacks a roof
structure to keep everything in place.
Floor boards and firewall will get a complete replacement.
Cancerous areas like these will be cut out and replaced by
new sheet metal.
Here you can see how a previous repair was done using sheet
metal that was riveted into place. This will be cut out and replaced by
clean metal that will be seam welded into place. The fabricator has even
included a new captive nut in the original spot.
On the left, the piece that was cut out is help up for viewing.
The finished repair is on the right.
Once the metal repair is completed, additional finish bodywork
will get everything smooth and ready for paint.
Arriving at the paint shop.
Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, 2324 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA.,
Hot Rods & Custom Stuff - builds, restores, paints, services and sells
parts for classic autos, cars, trucks and street rods.