I have been told that even a professional will find things about an old car that will blow his mind. I consider myself a rookie, and what I found today really blew my mind. Do you remember watching the Flintstones? Remember how Fred and Barney used to run down the road with their feet propelling the car? Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to the Flintstones. Before we get to that, lets talk about removing carpet and sound deadening material.
Before I removed the front carpet, I spent some time getting the sound deadening material out of the back. I read a couple of entries and watched a few YouTube videos about dry ice and electronic freeze spray. In the end, a torch and scrapper worked best for me. It's always better as a two man job. My son and I traded scrapping and torch duties. As you can see in the pics, the rear floor is pretty clean, but of course the shock towers are in desperate need of repair. I knew it was going to be bad, but not that bad. On to the front! Since I am changing interior colors, the carpet came out easier than if I was going to reuse. Kick panels come off, seat belts come out, console and shift boot and knob. One of the good things about older cars is that everything in the interior was held together by screws. No clips to worry about breaking when you are pulling stuff out. Also something I learned, when dealing with rust, no shop vac is too big.
After the carpet was out, the shock kind of set in. As you can see, the only thing keeping the drivers feet from going to the ground was the frame rail, which is still solid (thank goodness). There was lots of rust up front, with the deadening material the only thing keeping the elements out. How can a car that looks so good on the outside be such a rust bucket? If anything, I have learned what to look for in future projects. Take your time and inspect the crucial areas, no matter how low the sale price on the car is. Otherwise you might be doing a Fred Flintstone as he cruises down the highway. That might not end as well for you as it did for Fred.