Tail gate is almost as bad as the sill. The hinges actually pivot nicely?!!!!! Had to drill those bad boys off as well. And the switch....It is well far from being usable. I think I have another, but if anyone has a good extra, please let me know!
Off to the front doors. we tore down in big chunks just to kind of get a handle on the overall scope of rust that we see. Luckily it looks as if the doors are in good shape. Small surprise on the crank area. The supports have been previously fixed with rivit's and a metal backing plate
Unfortunately most of the remaining LVs have alot of rot, both hidden and visible. Your LV appears to have a solid beginning, but brace yourself for all of the rust discoveries in your future. Someone summed up a restoration of an LV more like a Ferrari because of the lack of replacement panels and parts. You have embarked on a marathon so enjoy the process and try not to be discouraged.
More rust spots! Driver side front floor at the seam and right at the back of the driver seat mounting locations to the floor. We'll keep an eye on those after blasting the body. I already know they will be a bit bigger.....
The roof rack. It's so rad. I dig what they did, in retrospect. So My thoughts are to keep and fix the metal bracket system and do some kind of redwood plank with perhaps retaining the gas pipe structure, not sure yet, something will come into my mind.
All of the " 3 on the tree parts" are missing, due to the floor conversion. So I'll be hunting those down. Wheel will go out and get refurbished from a really nice guy, in IL. He did a 1970 wheel for me last year that came out nice.