I purchased this 1948 60S in North Carolina and it arrived in Australia mid last year. The car is in excellent overall condition and is as described by the seller. This is the third car I have imported from the US and my experiences to date have been good ones. The car is a reasonably early build, body No 945 and is Cavern Green with green Bedford cord and leather trim. I have no history for it other than that it was sold out of Florida to the Gentleman I purchased it from.
The Fleetwood came with known paint issues at the base of the doors where the Hydra Lectric cylinders had leaked brake fluid and ruined the paint on the lower doors and sills. The bubbling paint was unsightly and looked like rust, so it needed to be attended to. There was also some bubbling around the drivers side fog lamp and I felt this should be looked at while we had some paint mixed up for the doors. Little did I realise quite what we were getting ourselves in for. For those who are familiar with 48 and 49s, this probably comes as no surprise, it was certainly a surprise to us. I will let the photos do the talking.
Here she is as she arrived and was registered in Australia.
This not a good photo but you can see how the foglight surround doesn't sit flush with guard, it was actually worse than it looks. There is also the hole you can see to the left and there were rust bubbles to the right of the surround.
After removing the fog light units which were both held in place by wire as the top mounts had completely rusted away and grinding away at least a 1/4 " of filler this is what we were left with. At this point we hadn't stripped the front as we didn't realise what we were in for.
And after more grinding and stripping the front of the car, this is what we were left with
These repairs were rubbish and full of filler so it was clear we would have to make new repair sections and rebuild the brackets inside the fender. Here is the process;
And finally the completed section with no filler
We need to make the mounting brackets for the fog light units, which themselves are a piece of work, being cast aluminium. We will repeat the process for the other side.