1948 Desoto as delivered
Bondo in rust holes in both front fenders
inner front fender with bondo pushed thru rust holes
1/2 inch bondo on left rear fender
both rear fenders rusted out under stone gaurds, making new piece
inner lip is the hard part
new steel welded and ground smooth
Also had a small rust hole in rocker
chunks of bondo from holes in fender
rust holes thru both inner and outer metal
new steel tack welded in place
After sanding found small rust holes in both front doors
worst of the rust is under the rear fenders
sheet metal around 5 cage nuts just crumbled when unbolting the fenders
rust holes in the fender
trial fitting patch
patch welded and ground smooth
tack welded in place
tack welded patches with cage nuts
filler removed from trunk, holes welded shut, stud welder to pull more of dents out
filler removed, hammered out crease, shrunk stretched area, put thru English wheel to smooth out
modified after market visor to fit
rear valance panel loaded with filler from side to side
found new panel with no dents, 2 small holes to weld, next to no filler needed
First coat of primer
All interior pieces painted
front fenders and hood done
Trunk and interior floors sealed with POR-15 rust seal
undercoating in wheelwells
First chrome to go back on.
Cleaned all traces of blue off grill, polished and start buffing 28 pieces of stainless steel trim, 9 have dents to be removed and 3 have holes to be welded shut.
Reflective aluminum tape added behind light, should be brighter.
Lights and trim installed
All chrome and glove box door installed
New hood lace installed
Fenders, braces and front trim installed
Shinny trim installed around all side windows
3rd person stopped by, had them help put the hood on. Grill and side fender trim partially installed, need some new bolts/nuts to replace damages pieces.
Straightened and repaired stone guards.
Repainted air cleaner base and little polishing of the aluminum top.
Removed paint from latches and strikers from last paint job. Details make a difference in overall appearance.
Door buttons are too pretty to leave painted
Finished, and ready for upholstery .