Classic American

Basic Rust Repair


Living in the Chicago area means rust is a fact of life. From my perspective, metal repair is on the level of buying tyres. It’s necessary maintenance. My beloved ’66 Coronet 500, for instance, has been ravaged by the elements. There’s rust in both quarters, the dutchman panel (the section of metal between the rear window and trunk lid), tail panel, fenders, floors and roof. The roof even! No sheet metal vendor makes full replacement quarters for my car, so for that reason, I recently acquired a roofless parts car from California for $1200.

The rust-free beauty had been hit on the driver-side door and quarter, but it has a perfect passenger quarter, dutchman panel, tail panel, nice passenger door, perfect floors and rust-free fenders. It’s a gold mine! Over the past two years I have also

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