Now that the coupe is back from the stripper, there are 3 things that I want to accomplish before I start spreading the body filler in earnest.
First I want to protect the metal by applying etch primer (also called e-coat or, if there is some thickness needed for small rough patches in the metal, I use an epoxy primer) to the entire body inside and out.
Secondly, I want to make sure the body is mounted to the frame properly. After all the wooded body mounts are in place, it is likely they will need to be shimmed in places to assure primarily that the doors are aligned so that they open and shut without dragging on the body. Of course the rumble seat lid (trunk or deck lid), cowl section, and rear fenders need to be aligned and bolted on completely to be confident that the final assembly goes smoothly after it is painted.
Finally, there are still three places where I need to weld patch panels to repair rust. The cowl panel has a large rust hole on the right side and both doors have a degree of rust along the bottom edge of the door skin.
I’m going to start with the cowl section because I need to patch the rust before I can install the cowl bracing (subrail extensions) then button down the body and fit the doors. My next post will show me installing the cowl patch panel. Thanks for reading. -Kevin