After researching and researching and talking to multiple people on this forum (1.5 years of research), I have decided I am going to strip the Cuda all the way and have it media blasted.
The media blaster with the utmost respect and experience in my city of 300,000 people gave me a quote tonight....Its going to cost me $2,200 to properly blast the entire car besides the interior as the floor boards are rust free.
There is some rust in the trunk, lower quarters and I am doing a color change so I am 100% confident I am going to have the car blasted to make sure I dont have issues done the road as I have no plans to sell my car.
I could save $600 by having a different local blaster blast it with garnet..sp???, but the guy I want to use has been blasting for 38 years and everyone whose ever used him (including all of the high end shops) swear he is the best.
His price includes PPG epoxy primer on everything blasted. He primers everything daily he blasts. He will take lots of pictures and blast and primer the underside.
Does that price sound about right? I live in California and he uses a variety of media depending on the panel and I am certain he will NOT warp anything.
I have found two painters so I am going spend around $10k on paint and after all the math I did tonight my total cost to finish this car will be $50,000
I know I am way over budget, but I did as much research as I could and if I learned anything it is wait and wait and buy someone elses finished car as I dont know much and this hobby is EXPENSIVE!!!!
Will strip the car soon. My final decision which may be a real foolish one is I have decided to not install the heater as my best option is a vintage air unit but I dont want to spend another $1000 so I will cover up my fire wall with some flashing or something removable for later.
I have over 90% of the parts I need to finish the car and so my 50k price tag includes the 10% I am missing.
Catch ya all later.