Do not trust any aftermarket panels or parts to be the correct shape. Be prepared to have to re-work them if required. I have found Hooky's panels to be about the best.
Do not cut the car away to fit the repair panels, just cut the rotten bits from the car, leave the good stuff, then cut back the repair panels to fit. Keep as much original metal as possible. Overlaps will become future rust traps so try and butt weld wherever possible. I have found Intergrips to be really handy for doing this sort of work.
When lining up the rear end fit everything and make sure it all lines up right and looks good before you lay down any final welds. When I say everything, that means wings, engine tin (check the gaps for the rubber seal are good), bumper irons, bumper, engine lid etc. Cutting corners here can mean either more work in future (doing it twice) or having a car rear end that never looks quite right afterwards. (wonky bumpers, panel gaps out, tinware catching bodywork etc). Same goes for repairs on the front end.
If replacing the tar board with either original or aftermarket sound insulation, make sure the clips are in good shape and possibly fit your own if the stock tabs are broken. Tar board getting sucked in towards the fan intake has killed many an engine, so make sure it's a good solid fit to the firewall especially at that point.
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