FINALLY! The body work is done. The car stayed at the body shop for 3 years. Well, I already told you, I didn’t push a lot to speed-up the process because the faster it goes, the faster the bills come too 🙂

I went to the body shop during fall 2021, it was done. Unfortunately, during this visit, I discovered that the licence plate lighting was not correctly aligned with the rear hatch so the hatch has to be modified.

On American and Canadian SMs (but not only), the licence plate lighting consists of two lights placed on the sides of the plate, but I don’t find this very nice, so I’ve decided to install the part fitted on the French SMs, which is a single light placed on top of the licence plate and integrated in the hatch. On the parts catalog I found only one hatch model so I didn’t expect to have fitment issues with this part. So we supposed that the hatch has been modified in the past, maybe because of an accident of some sort, but this is still a mystery today.

At the end of the previous post about this car, most of the preparation work was done so here are pictures of the finishing and painting steps.

This is a water-based paint that has been applied, with a varnish and then a wet sanding and polishing step, to get a superb result.

So here is a highly important step done. So what’s the next step? Well, I initially planned to start reassembling the car during the 2021-2022 winter, but it didn’t happen, so I now plan to do that during the 2022-2023 winter. The goal would be to have the drivetrain back into the SM for the next spring.