Things are finally looking up! The rusty pieces are being put back in, piece by piece, but there is a very long way to go. I am finally smiling when I see the car, but because of my enthusiasm I missed some very crucial steps.\r\n\r\nGuys, make sure to follow the correct order of things when you restore your car. You will see what I mean in the pictures below.\r\n\r\n\r\nHere she is. The priority was to get the engine and essential parts back into the wagon as soon as possible, and then begin painting. However, there was still plenty of metal work to be done. \r\n\r\n\r\nThe engine looks like it has seen better days. That is what happens when it is kept in the shop for too long.\r\n\r\nMy mistake was rushing things at this point. There were a number of details missed. One of the biggest frustrations I had was having to redo and burn painted sections because of major details that were overlooked. We will get into this in a later post.\r\n\r\n\r\nGuys, make sure that the metal work is done before going into paint. The doors have to close properly with the weather seals attached. The grille and trim should all line up. The windows have to fit the glass. I didn't know that at this point so learn the hard lessons from me. Mr. S didn't point this out either, so, another lesson is do your research and make sure about these things for yourself. Do not give your absolute trust--unless you are 100-percent sure the person taking care of your car is a real expert with plenty of experience under his belt. In our hurry, there was plenty of time and effort wasted yet again. But hey! Check out the progress!\r\n\r\n\r\nWow, pero mukhang matagal pa. I have to send a shout out to reader ejguerzon or EGUCHI. Thanks for reading this humble blog and for keeping the old-school faith.