my old beloved 4door had an encounter with a tree.
here it is in better days
it wasn't without its problems, had been rear ended in the same spot twice causing the leafspring to smack the chassis over most bumps, the rockers were rusted through in multiple locations, as well as the bottoms of the doors. passenger side floor pan had a giant hole that i never got around to fixing. despite all this i loved the car, and im sad to see it go.
fortunately ive got a shell, the plan is to move my running drivetrain and basically everything else from the 4door to the 2door shell. a herculean task for a weekend mechanic with very limited tools, and working in the backyard. nothing fancy, this car is meant for the road not the showroom, so i will be cutting a lot of corners(yes im painting over instead or replacing the metal, where possible). ive got a potential l20 for a swap but my priority is to just get the car in running/streetworthy condition.
i may be cutting corners but i still want to at least slow the rust down a bit, heres the floor i started with
after dry icing the tar, which ill say, wasn't as easy as youtube made it out to be. maybe i got some bunk dry ice, but there was still a lot of chiseling.
after the por15 metal etch
and finally por-15d, and topcoated.
for all the hate i read about por15 being an "the easy way out," of rust treatment, it sure took a ton of work. i put about 4 full days into stripping the paint/seam sealer, grinding and sanding. and then there was the day of prepping and another day of painting. i guess i didnt have to top coat it because i plan on laying dynomat and carpet, but i figured i might as well while the paint was still tacky. haven't put in new sealer yet, although it looks like the por took care of most of the seams for me.
here are some close ups of the rust spot before painted
ill probably use filler for these spots unless i find a better idea.
all in all im pleased with the way it turned out, the engine bay on the other hand...
looks in the pictures, but what you cant really see is that i laid it on too think in some places and it dried bubbly. id never worked with this paint before and should have started with my floorpans(this post out of sequence). also, i was overly ambitious for what i could accomplish in a single day and was still painting while the sun was setting so there were shadows everywhere . terrible idea. i will remove the bubbles where i can, and apply more paint. also it has no top coat yet so im either going to either buy the self etching primer they make, or just sand by hand. haven't decided