Thanks for the response sprdvallpro. It's great information that matches up exactly with what I'm seeing - lead in the A pillars, but none in the roof seams. I'm with you on the character! When looking over the roof and following all the seams between the dozen-plus pieces of metal used to make it, I have an even greater appreciation for the skill and ingenuity required to create one of these hand-built bodies. Easy to imagine Gifu metal workers placing the roof's large center section on a jig and then going about the business of attaching and shaping all the smaller pieces creating the profile and rolled edges. Hard to imagine doing it 5000 times! AmazingMan - that is looking really good. The attention to all the nooks and crannies with the sandblasting as well as the primer work is commendable. That's definitely in great condition considering the idea of "corrosion protection" in the late 60's! In reference to your question about lead, on my 65 I found none on the roof itself, but there was some on the front "A" pillars. I've seen several LV's now with original paint material and they all showed the welding seams - I've decided that I will be leaving them on mine for that original visual texture. I think it adds to the character. It can make the body work a bit trickier but a guy would just have to spend a little more time metal bumping. Keep up the good work!
I see the jack holder is in place and will now live on another 50 years.
The progress looks great. Have you decided on the colors yet?