I went for a little (ok, 3000km) drive to France in June and was caught in a hail storm. The insurance have written her off but she's pretty solid, I'm the second owner since import and frankly, I love her to bits and don't throw things away until they are kippered.... So, I've put a new boot on her and I've a new bonnet that needs spraying. The rest of it.....a body shop or professional PDR is going to cost way in excess of the value and my calling around the handful of colleges that teach bodywork has been fruitless so it's down to me. Mechanics don't phase me but this...this is a different world! I work overseas during winter and don't have a garage. I could rent a lock up but won't have power in it, I do have a very secure driveway large enough to put a tent in and all of the amps available for tools. I have a "complete" (can there ever me enough?!) set of hand/power tools. I have neither a compressor nor welder but think a weld on pin puller might be the way to go. I've welded before. Twice. The car will need paint due to cracking. Whether I DIY spray, rattle can or even brush, I'm undecided at the moment....leaning towards brush/roller given facilities available. I've coach painted narrowboats before so not *that* intimidated by the process; ignorance and stupidity and all that! Please don't suggest living with it for character - I've tried - I'm so sick of the questions and the behaviour of other drivers as a result...the number of people that think it was the wife of some guy I was having an affair with....wow - people can suck sometimes!