Latest post of the previous page:Getting very very close. Have managed to extract things with a minimum of destruction to parts extracted. You realize that this is the easy part. Getting it put back together will be the bigger challenge, with essentially every piece removed needing restoration/refurbishing/cleaning and all.
And of course, concerns about the heater channels, as they look a bit bubbly with rust at least on the driver's side. Still scratching my head on a brace across the doors, repeatedly recommended. A prefabbed bolt-on to hinge and strike plate would be sweet, but if available, most likely cost prohibitive.
And of course plenty of advice from those who lack my affliction, and at this point, commitment. Lot's of Craigslist ads for other Ghias sent my way, lo and behold a second body (1974) choice tempting just for the cheap investment. Maybe hang it up on the roof in the big bay of the barn? So lots to ponder.
Including the wisdom of dipping the body to strip it of rust and paint. And I would truly appreciate thoughts of folks regarding this. I ruled out an acid bath dip, and found an outfit that does an eco-friendly electrolysis process I was stoked to utilize. I've seen it referenced here and there as a method to de-rust say headlight mount assemblies and smaller parts with a baking soda solution I believe and a battery charger, but in this case on an industrial level. Then there's the media blasting approach. I've always been drawn to soda blasting, as it strikes me as about as gentle a blast possible over sand or walnut shell plastic bead approaches. The dip just sounded so much less labor intensive on my part. Especially if you bail on media blasting and go to sanding.
I mentioned the dipping plans to my go-to vendor Monday and he was aghast and adamantly recommended the labor intensive prospect of sanding as the best approach. He has of course seen the results of the alternatives, expressing concerns about traces of the solutions of dipping processes and media blasting in crevasses and spots that never get washed truly clean that then eat away and compromise the mission of the processes to begin with. Baking soda is essentially a salt. Most if not all in-fluid electrical conduit additives are. And of course acid is a given corrosive.
So my mind is wrestling with all of that. Does it need to be bare shiny metal absolutely? Sanding the interior where all the crevasses are? Yikes.
I'm down to details of what still needs to be done to get to just metal once the body is lifted off. Speedometer cable, gas flap bits, badging and insignia, some trim, rear-window defrost tubes, wiring to the in-glass defrost and dome light there on the rear-view mirror, a pesky screw still holding on a grill and the piece behind it on the passenger side nostril, gutter trim riveted on on the driver's side, no rivet on the passenger side, it came off easily, and then the front and rear glass, headliner, doors, and front trunk lid.
I'll get some photos up if not tomorrow, Friday.