Original Bondo?

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Nov 7, 2015
Jacksonville, Or.
I hate saying this but I bought a '69 55 off CL based upon a couple of pictures and conversations with the owner. It had been in his family since '77 and the pink slip shows that. He said his knowledge of it is that it had never been crashed and had been the case with the first owner. When it arrived I found hairline cracks to the left of the drivers headlight and some chunks of bondo about 1/8th of an inch thick above the windshield that had come off. So I guess my question is, and this to me is a stupid question but I have to ask... did the factory ever use bondo to smooth thinks out?
I would vote no. There was 8 years for someone to do some bodywork prior to the previous owner.
On the various year pigs that donated parts to resurrect mine none had plastic filler “Bondo” under the factory paint, some had lead filler that is typical for a car built in that era.
Welcome to the group, Skipper!

Sounds like somebody was covering up rust or some dents. What's your plan for it? Maybe take a magnet around the body and get an idea where all the bondo is. We'd like to see some pictures of the 69.
Yea, just what I thought, dang it.

Unfortunately I'm an honest guy that projects that honesty onto others thinking they're being up front with me. Not this time and as the saying goes "a fool and his money are soon parted". I'm such a fool.
I had some thin bindo on my front fenders. The body guy that's helping me said he thought it was probably original from the factory. The paint all looked original and untouched for what it's worth.
Guys I worked for Toyota back in the late 60s until the early 80s. In the sixties and early 70s the ships that brought Toyota to the US were often just freighters and the vehicles were tied down to the decks. The vehicles were loaded and unloaded by the cranes on the ships. There was often some damage to shipments, after the marine survey was completed - vehicles with "minor damage were repaired and sold as new. heavier damaged vehicles were sold as "used" and the damage was declared. Every port operation had a high quality body repair operation.

As a Toyota employee I was often offered a chance to purchase one of these heavier damaged vehicles after it's repair. Later as volume increased Toyota and other manufacturers helped develop drive on and drive off ships specifically designed for moving larger numbers of vehicles faster and with much less damage. The vehicle might be one of the minor damage - but port repaired vehicles.

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