I recently looked at a 1971 Carpenter/Dodge in western Iowa. Overall, the body was in excellent condition. I didn't buy it because I decided to wait and find a longer rig.
One thing, though, is that the underside had surface rust throughout. Looked pretty light, not crusty, no holes anywhere. Any thoughts on how to evaluate for what level of work needed to deal with this? Would "Ospho" be sufficient as long as the metal was solid? (As for the outer body, I'd want to strip the paint until I had a good substrate for my own paint job.)
The engine was recently rebuilt and the clutch plate replaced. The 4-speed stick worked great. I drove it on a farm road and it felt like it was smithed out of one hunk of steel.
Originally Posted by barxracer
There is a restoration shop near Ashland Nebraska that seems to be reasonable with blasting costs.
Awesome! I live in nearby Omaha. I hope they're still in business by the time I eventually get a bus.