Re: Oh no - another '69 Z/28 project...
I found out about a guy that does mobile bodywork - he comes to my house and works on the car in my garage for an hourly rate. And I schedule when I have the time (and money) to have him come over to work on it. Since I had bodywork that I didn't have the knowledge/expertise to do, this worked out great for me. I could help with various projects (metal prepping, sanding, etc) and he does the more difficult things. Here's some pics of the bodywork on the bare metal.
The biggest concern I had at the beginning when I started stripping the car was the 'repair' that was done before I bought the car in 1971. It appears the original owner wrecked the car, taking out the driver's side quarter panel, and putting a dent in the driver's side front fender. What someone did to repair these was to cut off the vertical section of the quarter panel from the door to the rear panel, and from just below to top of the quarter panel to just above the bottom of the panel. They left an inch or so of metal. Then they laid a new section of quarter panel over the top of the original panel and brazed it together. When I started stipping that section, there has at least a 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick layer of the old red bondo covering the ridge on top of the quarter panel to the sail panel and trunk gutter.
The solution we came up with was to take a thin cutoff disc and cut straight down thru the original panel at the edge of the lip of the 'new' quarter panel. This way he could butt weld the two pieces together and do away with the ridge that we had. I then got to climb in the trunk with my die grinder and grinding bits to strip the brazing and original sheetmetal off the bottom side of the 'new' panel. That was an experience!!! But it definitely made for a lot better looking repair job, and made it possible to mig weld the pieces together without the mess of the brazing.