The work to restore Jim's model has been significant. First, restorer Gustavson has had to strip off 4 separate
paint jobs (all the same color scheme though) which included gold base, yellow color coat and candy red top coat. The old paint jobs were removed through abrasion where detail had to be preserved (cowl vents, for
instance), abrasion (old fashioned sanding), and the judicious application of lacquer thinner. Other paint removal systems either didn't work or were deemed too risky to the model (e.g., immersion in brake fluid,
etc.). The original color was matched by paint wizard Byron Bowman (Superior Automotive) from the driver's door that was carefully polished to restore the candy red color for matching purposes (Thanks, Byron, for your great work!).
Also, the driver's rocker panel had to be entirely rebuilt (now backed with a shaped brass strip). Modern catalyzed spot putty
has been used to fill in depressions caused by the action of the original paint on the plastic (e.g., underneath the rear pan).