Diving into restoring my back seat panels to determine if there is any rust or hidden damage. I removed all of the trim and carpet. Next, I removed paint and stripped with a Scotch-Brite clean and strip disc followed by media blasting the hard to reach corners and seams.
There were a couple of holes that I welded up in the rear most panel. I wouldnít be surprised if the factory missed their mark during assembly.
I was pleased to discover little rust. I treated all panels with Por 15 metal prep to neutralize any rust and to etch the bare metal for paint. After soaking the metal with a sponge, the instructions say to rinse with water. Hmm, ok, canít argue with science.
I didnít know, but apparently 65 and 66 Fastbacks have different rear seat latches and latch covers. To the left is the 65 style, which accommodates a latch with a bumper. On the right is the 66 design, which doesnít have a bumper stop. Currently, I think I will go with the 66 style since I will be using the 66 striker plates and fasteners.
Fold down seat hinges media blasted, primed, and painted.
I cam across two sets of 65 to 66 trap door hinges. They are identical in dimensions and stamp numbers. However, one pair has slotted mounting holes. Perhaps a small annual changeover or variation between factory assembly lines?
I found three E shim plates for rear seat. Iíve heard some Fastbacks didnít use any shims, but have heard of some cars having as many as six?
All panels primed with a 2k epoxy primer. All original hardware that almost looks good as new. Iíll store away until its time for final assembly, paint, carpet, and new reproduction trim.