Thanks Squablow, that's about what I figured as well. And thank you to everyone else. I think I may have found the right bodyman outside of town...an old timer who knows what steel, lead and spoons are. When I said '51 Buick, the first thing he said (in between drags on a cigarette) was "Let me guess, the hood blew off from a passing truck. Yup, we did a few of those back in the day." Perfect. I'll keep you all posted, thanks again.