This is Part 11 of our ongoing story of the Restoration of our 1969 Dodge Nuremberg Daytona Project Car. (Start with Part 1)
Last time we told you that once the paint started coming off we found a couple of surprises. We had mistakenly believed that Daytona body was rust free. We had gone around it with a magnet and felt very confident there was no rust in the car.
Once the paint was on the floor we did find a few small areas of rust that needed attention. The first area we discovered was the front top of both front fenders. There were several pin hole rust problems that needed attention. We also found some other rust along the lower driver side rear fender and another on the passenger side. None of these were significant and all were cut out and replaced with new metal. None of this rust was through the metal it was simply rust with some surface damage but we didn’t want anything left that even resembled rust. All areas with any hint of rust were removed and replaced with new treated metal. All of the metal cut out of the car would fit on a large diner plate.
The good news was that there was no other evidence of body damage other than what we had previously noted. The small dent in the upper driver side rear quarter panel was hammered out and only a skim coat of filler needed to finish it off. The rear tail light panel that had been damaged at a German stop light collision had been previously repaired with a heavy layer of bondo. No attempt had been made to straighten the metal underneath.
All of the bondo was removed from the panel and it was properly pulled back into place and again a small filler coat used to smooth it out to perfection. That was pretty much the extend of the required body work on the Daytona shell.
At this time we also began the creation of what would become a very long and very expensive list of parts needed to build our Project. Finding and selecting reproduction parts, original parts and refurbished parts, to me, is both exciting and irritating but most of all bank account draining! In Part 12 we will begin telling you where we sourced some of the more hard to find parts and summarize some of the costs involved. We will also give you our comments on the suppliers. We will also tell you all of them are!