...maybe better than new after this saga!!@#
Looks like you kept pocket open. I will bet being open it will last longer than many expect. Usually they get filled to the top with glass and goo. Spray some used motor oil in and let the good times roll.
Might consider cutting battery tray and clean. See you in Florida for our swim in March 16th.
May have been JF, but no water absorbent chamois for me. I do have drains on inner quarters, but really don't use them. The only water that gets in there is from splash through the engine louvers (and there has to be a lot --very fast entries---) and the open slot coupled w/ residual engine heat evaporates it quickly.John Friese and/or? Larry Solheim mention routinely running an absorbent papertowel/chamois down inside after swims.
Gord uses clever petcocks. I think Dave Chapman has talked about keeping the area(and others) coated with Waxoyl , and I think Mike Israel mentioned Amsoil sells a similar protective coating spray as well -
.....these are all good practices to be sure water doesnt get at the metal & seams.
Im curious if anyone has experimented with rubber flaps to better prevent water from entering the quarterpanels in the first place?.....if they were adhered along the bottom edges, and velcro'd to the inside of the quarter panel along the top, they could be opened up and rag-dried and "aired out" as needed (maybe with some condensation releasing holes along the topline?
Has anyone ever conjured a way to direct some hot engine air blowing down into them to keep the areas dehumidified & always evaporating?
With proper application of zinc fortified epoxies I don't worry about it. The cars when made did not get much if any paint. Heavy duty metal protectant ultimately gets in bilge pump. Never had an oil pan rust from the inside. You can over think everything, still gets back to keep it simple.