Here is what it looked like before beginning the restoration
This Metropolitan was in very good condition and had been recently
painted when I purchased it.
the paint job was very poor quality and the previous owner painted over
all the little dents and dings in the body
and was real proud of the fact that there was "no bondo" on the car.
The 'stigma' for "bondo" came from the old days when people would stuff
newspaper into rust holes
in cars and smear bondo over them to fill the holes and then sand
and paint the area "repaired".
There is none of that on this car.
It was a rust free body including the original rust free floors,
with only a small repair done to the bottom front corner of the driver
and the front of the passenger side rocker.
Both areas were cut out well beyond the rust areas and repair patches
cut to fit the hole
and the patches were 'butt welded' in place and not overlapped.
Overlapping creates areas for dirt and moisture to accumulate and rust
During the restoration this car was also thoroughly coated in hidden
with rust neutralizer and rust preventative chemicals from Eastwood.
As you'll see in the photos below there is plenty of 'bondo' on the car
now used ONLY for smoothing.
Any classic car that you see that is "laser straight" has bondo all
over it just as you'll see in these photos.
This car is STRAIGHT!
Likely the best looking, most thoroughly and correctly restored one
you'll ever see.
This Metropolitan restoration is "over the top"!
You can click on the small pictures below to enlarge them.
Enjoy the pictures!