We purchased 72 Karmann Ghia to restore. Other than this damage, the body is in relatively good condition. I've got very little experience but everyone has to start somewhere, and this is my first puzzle:
Clearly there is some rust at play here in the nose cone, but I'm not sure exactly what this damage / part this is. Specifically, the thick white portion underneath the paint that appears to be sitting over the rusted part.
I was under the impression that the Karmann Ghia bodies were all unibody metal and I expected to find just paint here, but this thick part appears to be some kind of overlay on top of the metal. Or am I underestimating / misinterpreting the amount of metal damage due to rust and the 'white' part is the body as well, primer coat exposed and the hole is a big rust hole?
I plan is to repaint the car. As it will need new floor pans and interior work, etc...I know I will be removing the body and expected that I would be stripping the paint down to bare metal, but this thick 'white' layer that appears to be laid on the metal is confusing me and I'm not sure what that is all about.
Google hasn't been much help - I'm not finding anything about "skins" over the body or anything like that. Everything I can find seems to just be bare metal unibodies, which this doesn't seem to be - so I'm surely just not understanding what I'm looking at.
This is my first post here so I'm happy to modify / tweak the question as needed to fit the rules of this SE
Hopefully my question makes sense!