This is my latest, and probably the toughest project to date. I had been looking for a 1933 or 1934 Dodge sedan body for a number of years without much luck,until this one came up .�
It's a 1928 Dodge Victory 6, and was located about half a mile from where I work. It was a little older than what I was looking for, but I felt that I would never find such a solid complete car like this one again.
The story I got from the owner was that the car was originally from out west, and was brought back to the Montreal area by a trucker who planned on restoring old cars after he retired. I guess he had a truck route going out west loaded, and he would bring old cars back on his return trip because he had the room on his rig. He had about 20-30 cars in his compound when he either got ill, or died.
All the cars eventually went up for auction, and were bought up by a gentleman in Oshawa . They were in Oshawa for about 2 years and being sold off one at a time. That's where I bought it.You can still see the lot number written on the sun visor.








Once I ripped out he interior, I sifted through the dirt and garbage that was inside to see if I could find any old relics.
There were two complete sets of old spark plugs, an old cap and rotor as well as a spare water pump. I also found about 5 tube patch kits strewn about inside. I guess these old cars were a pain to keep air in the tires.
The only money I found was one penny dated 1956.I drilled a small hole in it and hung it in the car for good luck. I did find a complete newspaper in the back, so I had an idea of how long the car had been sitting. The paper was dated October 10 1963. This thing must have been sitting in a barn out there for 41 years.

Taking the car apart was a breeze. I think I only snapped off half a dozen bolts, where as all the others came apart as though they were brand new. The car was totally complete right down to the plug wires. The only thing missing was the hood ornament and small hub caps. I felt kind of bad cutting up such a restorable car, but in my opinion, it is ugly restored to original. Besides, it's a four-door!!




Once the car was taken all apart, I loaded the body, hood and fenders into my trailer, and went to the chemical strippers. I had never acid dipped a body before, so this was all new to me.
The other cars I had restored were all stripped by paint remover, razor blades and sandpaper. That has to be the crappiest job in the world. I thought about getting it sandblasted, but was afraid to warp the mint sheet metal. Besides, you can never get all the sand out of the joints, and that comes back to haunt you at paint time.
As you can see, the results are amazing. It came back looking like a brand new body. No rust, no paint, just shinny clean bare metal. I was told they dip the body in "nitric acid" for about 5 hours until there's nothing left except bare metal. After they rinse and neutralize the steel, it's sprayed with a water soluble oil to prevent rusting while you bring it back home.
The frame rails were sandblasted because they were thicker and wouldn't warp. It was cheaper too because dipping is pretty expensive. It cost me about $1700 to get the dipping done, but the time and effort it saved me offset the cost. Even with all the time in the world, you could never get the same results as dipping.



When I got the body home, I washed the metal down with lacquer thinner to remove the oil they put on, and proceeded with priming. Because dipping will remove paint even between panels, you must find a way to get primer back in these tight locations. I bought hypodermic needles from the local farm supply store and injected all the tight areas that I knew my spray gun wouldn't reach, and let everything drip out of the joints, The body was then sprayed with a thick coat of zinc-chromate etch primer, followed by an epoxy etch primer. The epoxy alone would have been sufficient, but I figured that the zinc-chromate wouldn't hurt. Time will tell. The epoxy finish when cured feels like glass and looks awesome. I know it's only primer, but it is such a mental boost seeing the body in one solid color, it gives you motivation to dig right in.