Whisler, no insult taken. I know fairly well that any point I can ditch this body and just get one in much better shape. At the same time, I've seen people restore cars which are way, way worse than mine. The car I got was from a guy who was original owner and never drove it in winter until last one when he got divorced. That's why he sold the car. It looked (and for the most part is) in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, it is still from upstate NY.
One of the reasons why I really want to go through with it is because my real dream was to restore a 2nd gen, but I opted for 3rd thinking there will be less cancer to deal with. I want to do this project as part of a learning experience. If I can't do this, no 2nd gen for me.
The part I'm still trying to get is you think "job wasn't done 100%" Maybe this is part of that learning process, but how much more is there to blasting media? You point and you watch everything except metal fly away. You do small section at a time and then immediately chemically treat to avoid flash rust. I was thorough and it took me forever to do every inch of the underbody.
At the same time, maybe there is a misconception about acid dipping. 1) it seems like newest technology uses alkali instead of acid because acid would tend to seep out and cause problems later, yet people still blame dipping for that. 2) some people do apply protective coats.
Here's the link
I found. Read first paragraph. Notice that some places do reapply protection and do neutralize the acid. The problem is that I cannot find anybody on 5 different forums that has even heard of such places. And I am willing to drive 12 hours to find such a place.