Mystery? If you are refering to Howard, watch out, he has internet now! (running off solarpanels, but internet no less) And the 45 is taken care of, but I think it does have some body filler, but it is quite rust free to canadian 45 standards. You should see the SWB 45 he is restoring, that body looks really rust free.
I'm not sure if you can tell from the article alone, but I wrote it back in 2002 and sent it into Todd. He liked it but forgot about it until recently. I could've updated it a bit I guess. Might have been more research available on the topic now... not sure.
As far as Howard's 45 goes, it's pretty much in original shape. He continually paints it and takes good care of it.
Nice to see that we're not still hibernating completely.