Now that it's home, I can give it a good going over. The first thing I noticed was that it had a Q-Jet carburetor. I drove it to work for a couple of days and it ran like crap. Upon closer inspection, I found the carburetor was barely sitting on the engine and the screws were completely stripped. So, off with the old and on with a new Holley.
The Holley made it better, but the engine was very tired. At this point, I wanted to know for sure what year the engine was and wtih the aid of my helper we took the starter off to look at the block numbers. Loa and behold, it seems to be the original engine, so the next phase is to strip and start the long restoration process.
There were, of course, some things I didn't want to see. I don't know what that silver stuff is. I was told it was Por - 15, but it looks like roof seal to me. I guess it's not as bad as it could be, but there is lots of work to be done here.
Surprise! Under the silver stuff, there was a hole. This will have to be cut out and fixed.
After making up my mind to completely strip the car to see what's what, I got started removing the paint. You can see the big area of bondo in this picture. I wonder what's behind that?
I took the front fenders off to check the cowl area. This looks pretty good!
The tailgate, on the other hand, does not look so good. Lots of bondo! Adding this to the list of parts I'll need.
I expected the underside to be rusty, but do you see the main problem here? Take a look at the rear shackle. It appears I have the same problem with the shackle on the other side as well.
This is what's left of the battery box.