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

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.