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From: John S.
Date: April 11, 2001
Yes, Lead was used by factory. Yes, you can put lead back in today, if you can find it and find someone willing to so it. I personally would try "woodgraining" before I would try leading. I am fairly talented with fiberglass and putty, and have read a fair amount about leading, and know that you have to be VERY careful not to overhead the area, as you are using a torch, and you have to work quickly so that the lead doesn't setup or cool too fast on you. BTW, I have an EE (Electrical Engineering) degree and am a pro at soldering. More power to you for wanting to use lead, and I encourage you to find someone who can do it, if you want a truely restored car. If you are looking to drive it and have fun, find a good bodyman who can remove most of the dings, dents, and such and who will use the smallest amount of filler possible.
Just after I purchased my 1949 Dodge, someone hit it and took off. I took the car to my girlfriends father, who worked for a sign painter, and asked him to do the work. He didn't care for me much, and asked why I wanted him to do the job since the shop really didn't do body work. I told him that I had seen cars that he had worked on in the past, that looked as good then, and when he had done them. I also told him that he was the only person in the area that I felt I could trust with my car. He took the job and charged me the cost of my deductible and had it fixed in a week. When I picked up the car, he appologized for having to use plastic filler in a couple small spots where there were creases. Again, like I said. He was the best in the area and took great pride in his work. The only way you can tell where the dents were, is if you put your hand up inside the rear fender and run them around. You can feel 2 small bumps that you could easily mistake for road debris stuck to the inside of the fender.