well hey all,finally the weather has turned and its light until 9:00 pm so 've been spending a few more hours out in the garage tinkering away on the 54.But as always when you do body work you always find more than you thought was there.I am just ordering a new set of rear wheelwell housings as the last few inches of mine have rotted away.I was going to hand make them but since I actually found a pair I think I may bite the 500.00 bullet and just get them.I really only need the last two inches.Anyways I got the roof stripped to bare metal and other than a few bondo'd dents nothing to suprising.Took all the frone end apart and started stripping the front fenders.There is actually four layers of paint and primer on her and I actually found the sunsand beige original roof color under the grey primer.Lots to do still and I am sure more surprises along the way,a shoddy patch on the driver side lower paner,some bondo around the head light opening which has me searching for more patch panels.Soon it will be time for the doors to come off and get stripped as well.I am almost contemplating taking the body off the frame as I have to replace the rear trunk support and one floor brace and it may just be easier to do.Of course that means out comes the motor and trans,wiring ,steering column or lord what have I got into.And of course I still have the 49 to reassemble.I think they may switch places for a bit and the 49 may come home for reassembly and the 54 to work for the body work.Oh one final other thing,the front fender spears.First of all they weigh like 5 pounds each,but mine have a few broken studs on the rear.Not a biggie as I can just maybe tack weld new ones on,but all the ones I see on ebay don't seem to have the rear studs.Did someone jimmyrig mine in the past or do they actualy come with studs?
Looking good Brian, continued good luck with your 54.
1957 Pontiac Pathfinder Deluxe sedan restored 261 six
1974 Chevrolet Caprice Estate wagon low milage original 400 V-8
This car look nice under the paint, worth it to restore.
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