Ok, so the weather here has been crazy lately, but after a pretty big dump of snow 10 or so days ago it is suddenly warm enough to start doing some mucking around. Still can't do much, about a foot of snow left to melt before I can get the car off the blocks and roll her out for the spring. But, I had an itch to scratch so I tackled some little jobs today. In preparation for new wheels I painted the rear drums today, just black, nothing fancy. I also noticed that the rubber stone guard in the rear wells has dried out completely and if flaking off in large chunks. I picked up a couple cans of spray to re-do the lining, but I can't do that until it gets warmer. The weather forecast is for 7-10 degrees all week (44-50 for Fahrenheit) so I might have to pull it into the garage and turn on the furnace if I get impatient.
Other than that I saw that my splash guard was starting to get pretty rusty and the paint was flaking off pretty badly. I know it's not a hugely major part, but you only get one, so I figured I should clean it up.
Sanding the rough stuff on the inside wasn't too bad, I just wanted to get the flaky stuff off to prep it for chassis paint. The side that faces the road, however, have me way more than I bargained for to get it ready for paint. I turned it over and my sandpaper kept getting gummed up by oily crud that had been splashed up off the road. The whole thing was covered in sticky grime. So, I hit it with Easy-Off heavy duty oven degreaser. This stuff is pretty corrosive, I wouldn't recommend anyone use it without gloves and then only on non-cosmetic metal like this stuff. It even took off a lot of the damaged paint for me! It also turned the grime a nice brown which made it super visible.
After a few times over with that (and about an hour later) and straightening the fins which had been damaged, it came out looking like this:
And then paint. I used a chassis paint rated to 200F since it's so close to the engine.
Not a huge job, no one will even see it, but those things are a pain in the rear if they start to get rusted out so I'm glad to know it'll be fine for a long time.
On a side note I also tracked these original dealership brochures down on eBay, pretty cool to flip through and read how these cars were advertised. For example, the Cressida Wagon is promoted up by a 60 somethings couple who talk about how spacious the back is for their antique collecting hobby.
And with that an itch has been scratched. I haven't been able to do anything but keep the snow off the car since October.