Thank you all for your interest and support. We have a local professional builder that we met at the "Crusin The Coast" event last October. He will likely do most of the most visible exterior metal work and the paint. We hav been looking for advice and information where ever we can get it. My wife gave usa DVD set from Car Restoration Videos - Antique Auto, Car Restoration Videos and DVD
. If has a lot of good information, much of it I have seen in the advice on this forum.
We plan to separate the frame from the body. Our builder did recommend having the body and frame dipped in acid to get it all to bare metal. He also has an "agreement" with the local Nissan plant to dip the entire body, frame, etc... in their metal sealer. This is the same sealer used on their new cars. He didn't give us a price and I have a feeling that he feels it is out of our budget.
I do have the media blaster and plan to practice with that on a couple other small projects before trying on the car. I will likely try it on areas of thecar that will not be visible when finished like the floor or trunk. Have any of you tried a media blaster on the exterior panels of a classic car? This is not a sand blaster but uses different biodegradable media. I believe the media I was given it ground up corn husks. The other choices were ground walnut shells, glass beads, and a few other natural options. What does the powder coating of the frame cost in your area? I am just trying to get a ball park figure.
We do have both bumpers, but I am afraid the rear bumper is beyond repair. Our builder gave me contacts for local chromers, trim polishers, radiator shops, that he does business with on his cars. His recommendation was that since we had a fairly long time to complete the car that we woudl get a much more resonible cost if we sent the parts early to the chromer and polisher and they didn't have to rush on them.
I think our major hurdle to completing the car, other than money of course, if lack of an enclosed area to work on the car. We would be much further along if it were in an enclosed garage, but I am not going to let that stop us.
Have any of you added shoulder (3 point) seat belts to your project cars? I want the car to be safe and this is one area where I haven't seen much if any discussion.
I will keep you posted on our progress. It wil be slow going since I work out of town every other week.