Why do some people think they can do body work? My '53 chevy wagon was "restored" sometime in the early 80's. Most of what they did, they would have been beter off just leaving alone. Case in point, the tailgate. Every one I've ever seen has been rusty. Mine looked pretty good, but there were a few small telltale bubbles at the bottom, so I knew there was some rust in there. I did not expect this. As I started grinding away, I found that the entire bottom of the tailgate had rusted away and been repaired by someone filling it with chickenwire and bondo. Here's one chunk I pulled out, but there was a ton of it: Here's what was left of the bottom. This is after I cut it out: I was left with the task of how to fix it. After showing it to Sinister on the board, we figured out that it was an inner and outer skin, with the outer folding over the inner as a bottom lip. I took some measurements and made this drawing, the outer skin is on the left, inner on the right: I took it to the local sheet metal shop and a week and $30 later had two patch panels, each 41" long. I cut out the old metal, welded in the new and folded over the bottom lip with a hammer and dolly. I still need to finish grinding, fill, prime and paint, as well as drilling the holes for the hinge in the bottom, but at least it's solid again.