My Latest Project, a '55 Chevy Hardtop (Updated Sep, 2013)

PAGE 2: Now that the trunk is done, have been working over the floor. The condition is not too bad, but I did do some sheet metal replacement work, mostly in the front seat area....

I've had pretty good success wire wheel brushing all of it, get it as clean as I can after welding in the replacement panels where needed, then applying a good quality seam sealer where needed, and hit it with Ospho (phosphoric acid) to "fix" any remaining rust, and then do a good quality paint job....

This is how it looks just before the paint....

Instead of paint, have been using a Rustoleum rubber coating of some sort, will list what it is in the next update...

I've got these holes in the foot well in the front seat on both sides, that I guess require rubber plugs, so I did not weld them up....

I might just make some cover plates that I can screw down with a couple of screws and some seam sealers around the edges to make them weather proof...

Now I'm onto the front clip and the firewall....

The drain boxes in the firewall from the cowl vent were full of trash, still getting them cleaned out, and will weld up the rust damage. Then clean it up and apply some good paint...

I just started poking a screwdriver up there and it's amazing how much stuff is jammed in there, this is just the beginning....

The previous owner had "calked" up a bunch of rust damage with "roofing tar", so scraping off this crap has been the order of the day....

And even more crap comes pouring out as I jam a screwdriver up the other drain hole...

I'm considering making some sort of a removable plate to put over the bottom of the two drains so they can be easily opened up and cleaned out in the future. Let's see what I end up with....

More Later....

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