It took 18 months but I finally got "Betty Anne" to the place where I could get the body fixed and painted.
I did as little to the body as possible as this is not a concourse or trailer queen car. Far from it I wanted to keep her original lines and imperfections. This meant not getting the doors and fender to perfectly align nor to have every dent and ding knocked out. The Divers door was fixed where it was damaged by a prior owner. There were a couple of other small rust spots that were fixed also. Some areas were rubbed out where the paint had oxidized or the paint had faded. All in all it there was not a lot of body work done to "Betty Anne".
I will repeat this is a drivers car not a concourse or show car, this means it still retained it's original paint, I didn't want to loose that value. Hence we only painted the drives door, and blended it into the front left fender and rear fender. I had the paint shop use Q-Tips to touchup small chips and scratches. Then the final protection layer of clear coat. All in all only about 20% of the car was actually painted, which means 80% is original paint under the clear coat.
The trim is all original except for the drivers door where I had to replace the stainless steel trim which was missing after prior damage. Lucky for me most of the trim on the Falcon is stainless steel, consequently there is very little to actually rust. I did replace the passenger side emblem and name badge that is on the front fender as I found better condition ones.
All the seals on the car will need replacing. I have the main door, hood, and trunk seals on hand and will replace them next. Then comes the window felt seals which all need replacing too.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 10:38:00 AM
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