After much research, buying parts, and consulting the knowledgeable, the arranged (but temporary) marriage between my Fića and a shop was concreted nary a week after its purchase. I will be supplying the parts and the shop will use them and restore the car from the ground up.

They have since stripped it to the metal, sandblasted it, mended the bodywork, installed some parts I've bought, prepped the seats for upholstering, and all the shiny bits have been re-chromed.

I must now arrange a viewing and coordinate with the restorer so he can get the new color just right. In the meantime, here are some pictures he's sent me (click on any image to enlarge it).

Seat prep (before/after):

Engine compartment:

Front end (dismantled/with new front clip and fender):

Left inside front fender restoration (before/during/after):

Left rear fender rust removal (start/during/after):

Old floorpan and sill removal (before/after):

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