Before I get stuck into replacing the rodent damaged upholstery, I went looking for rust-out in the car. Her dry storage has served her well.
The sills and side panels are clear.
All fender bases are intact.
The valance panels still show much of the original black paint.
These two holes in the seat side panels are nail holes associated with the building of the tray.
I finally found rust through on the panel behind the seat backrest.
This was caused by the vermin infestation and their habitation in seats.It is below tray level, so I will ignore it.
I have some new parts now, so Now I can get on with some safety works.
Allan from down under.
Isn't it great to have an almost 100 year old car with no rust? My '21 Touring has NO rust in the body and has never been patched anywhere. That's very unusual here in NC. Both front fenders and the right rear fender were new when I bought the car. The left rear is perfect and the only way I knew it was not new was a very little bit of dirt still underneath. All the wood in the body is as solid as it was in May of 1921 except the tack strips for both seats, which have been replaced. I will probably never install any interior door panels because people look at the wood and are amazed at the condition. I am blessed and thankful.
I found virtually no rust in the '26 Tourer when I cleaned it up, but evidence of vermin infestation included 2 dried out rat carcasses and in the recess behind the back seat a lot of Walnut shells. The car must ,at some time, have been adjacent to a supply of walnuts ..each shell had a half inch diameter hole chewed in it and was empty
So far, I haven't found any heavy rust anywhere on our pretty much original '25 "beater" coupe. It's rough, but solid. We are blessed!! . Dave