Body restoration of my 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider
A pic of the car as I found it. Front fender has dents, rear fender has a non-matching repaint:

It's hard to see, but the hood and fenders have been repainted and had surface rust:

Unlike with my previous Spiders, I did not leave the bodywork for last - I was ready to have a good looking Spider!
In the fall of 2004 I took apart the car and with a friend we sanded until we could sand no more...

The sidemarker holes were welded shut:

Then the trunk was painted:

I'm drilling the holes for the new front sidemarkers:

Finally the painting began:

Things started to look good:

It took a few weeks to assemble the car:

The sidemarker has an orange bulb and also serves as a turn signal:

Also installed a new cloth top:

The bumper was still MIA:

Here's a few pics of the car as it looks now. The parking light has a brake light bulb so it can be used as DRL:

At Fiat FreakOut in Missouri (2005). The 'tall' sideview mirror is from a 124 sedan:

While working on the seats I found some rust behind the driver's seat, so I cut it out:

Here's the rotten piece that I cut out:

Then welded in new metal. No fiberglass in my car!!! It was later painted with POR-15 for rust resistence.

The engine compartment was painted later when the engine was swapped:

In 2007 as I had more funds available the rear bumpers were rechromed and the overrider holes filled:

The front bumper was put in for rechroming in the summer of 2007, but it was not finished by the platers until fall of 2008! The overrider holes filled aswell: