The horror of discovering my rear fenders hid 2in-thick bondo

People, please. I implore you to stop using body filler (AKA bog, bondo, etc) instead of hammering out dents and fixing car bodies properly. While sanding the rear fenders (guards) on my Pontiac I discovered filler over 2in-thick in places. Digging these panels out has taken nearly 20 hours over three days (and 12 hours … More The horror of discovering my rear fenders hid 2in-thick bondo

Cutting out the rot in the roof isn’t for the faint of heart….

Fixing the rust under the roof rail turned out to require way more cutting than I’d envisaged, but all that digging was worth it once the rot was gone! The gutter was welded in before stitching the two roof sections together along the body line, grinding the weld down to provide the same lip as … More Cutting out the rot in the roof isn’t for the faint of heart….

Paint stripping is much easier than sanding paint off but isn’t without its own hazards.

I’ll say this straight up – I liked the white-over-blue two-tone paint my car wore when I bought it. Originally delivered in Pontiac’s very early/mid 1960s colour “Aquamarine”, at some point my car was resprayed with more blue in the mix, and a pearl white roof. The resprayed blue works well with all the chrome … More Paint stripping is much easier than sanding paint off but isn’t without its own hazards.

Being a self-taught amateur mechanic means I know it is OK to screw-up and have to redo work.

I have zero training when it comes to fixing or modifying cars. My father was a property manager, not a mechanic, and I never grew up around guys in the automotive trade. When my cars broke, generally I was too poor to afford to pay someone to fix them for me, so I had to … More Being a self-taught amateur mechanic means I know it is OK to screw-up and have to redo work.