At the beginning of the restoration, I completely teared down the car to the last bolt. I made myself a carrier (which you can partially see on some photos) that made the car stand about 4 feet off the ground and that allowed me to rotate it 360 degrees. Very convenient!
Dismantling the bottom right door. The floor was already removed.
View from inside. Note the condition of the car.
Once the bottom door removed, I had to redo the end of the bar.
View of the back of the passenger seat.
The bottom of the door, the door jamb and the floor installed.
View from inside.
Bottom view with the driver side's floor removed. Rustproofing was applied to each place that was going to be closed. Note that the car is placed vertically on its carrier.
Removing the rear quarter panel and reconstruction of the quarter panel liner.
After being sandblasted.
Rustproofing before closing.
The new quarter panel is installed and partially welded.
Work in progress. The bottom left door was replaced.
The bottom of the grille was perforated. I had to cut it to rebuild.
Car reassembling beginning.
Reconstruction of the front of the bonnet that was eaten by rust.
The bonnet with the rebuilt completed.
Installation for sandblast (which causes a lot of dust!).
Other view. Here we can see the carrier, so convenient!
Engine compartment after sandblasting.
Underneath after sandblast treatment .
Another view of the underneath.
Engine compartment after etching primer treatment.
Photo taken from inside the paint room (makeshift) which I built in my basement. You can see the dust filters each side of the door. Inside this room, there was a furnace fan that pushed the air out when I was painting. Also, I took care to wet the floor before painting to avoid dust to the maximum.
First, I painted all internal sections. Then I applied a primer builder. This allowed to fill the tiny imperfections before applying color. Note that I used very few putty (exposed welds rear wings and other small places).
Another view of inside painted.
Finally! After all those hours, here is a first step towards the end. Here you can see the reflection of the sky on the fender. I was pretty proud because it was for me the first time I worked with car paint. I did not take the easy path; with black base coat & clear coat. Very happy with the result.
View from the inside.
Start of mechanics. Here we see the transmission I dismounted to change the sync.
Here are the parts of the transmission. Nice little puzzle!
Another photo of the transmission rebuilt.
Transmission completed and ready for coupling to the engine.
Here you can see the engine during reassembly. It is an engine of 1098cc 4-cylinder developing a big 43HP!
Engine with clutch installed.
Here we see the transmission coupled to the engine.
Atmospheric carburetors. Nice little challenge to assemble and adjust.
Inserting the motor into its compartment.
The shift lever. It takes shape!
Engine installation completed.
The project keeps going. The wheels, interior finishes and accessories are installed.
Front view, only the bumper is missing.
Rear bumper. Here, I wanted to show that I had found an original brand new bumper!
Here, another new challenge for me. Make the seats' covers. It was the first time I used a sewing machine. Very happy with the result.
Interior completed with seats.
The project is almost completed. Here, it is only missing the front bumper and wheel cover.
View of the right rear.
Another photo of the finished project. Note the mirror on the left front fender.
There you go! After 2000 hours of work, here is the result. I put it on the road for its 40th anniversary at the end of summer 2004. Note that this was my first experience in car restoration. First for several areas: bodywork, paint, engine, seats, etc. The beauty of all this is that the car started on first try! Unfortunately I had to sell it for practical reasons (2 places).