Body work for the car is something I wanted to do myself not only to save a boat-load of cash but to say that "I did it". I am by no means a body man, but have learned a lot and would be willing to try it again based on my experience with this. The car at this time is a noce 50 footer based on the black color and lack of patience to make it smooth the first time.
The color black or anything dark by that matter is not for a car or guy that is doing this for the first time as every imperfection is seen. Most noticeably is the rear quarters.
I removed the rusted quarters and realized that the outer wheel houses need to be replaced and the trunk drop offs as well (no big deal). I did the quarter skin replacement rather then the full quarter (Big mistake as now I'll have seem that runs along the body that needs to be smoothed (not my forte)). The original quarter was cut out and the spot welds drilled to remove the outer wheel house. (This was done on both sides of the car).
Outer wheel house installed.
The quarter skin is put in place and held in place by screwing holds into the new panel over-lapping the old. Small tack welds hold the panel in place at the door jamb, rear light panel and vise grips along the wheel house. Once it was where I wanted it, I cut along the upper seam of the panel of the new skin and old panel. Once complete, this allowed me to gently push the new panel to the old panel along the joint to allow for a Butt Weld rather then the tyrpical over-lap. This will prevent moisture buildup in this seam and future rust.
When the weld was complete along the entire seem and all secure at the doors jambs and all other spaces, I bondoed the seam and began sanding. THis is where my impatiences got me. Everyone always says, "sand, prime, bondo, sand, prime ETC, ETC....". Well, I did not do that and now I regret it. I had vacation from work and either I do it now or wait a year. Well......
Thus a 50 car.
I guess the excessive orange peel I experienced and the super amount of wet sanding I did didn't help either. Another rookie of now a big enough compressor and moisture regulator really did me in. Live and learn!