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sigtauenus
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posted 07-04-2003 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here it is, as of this morning...


It took me about 30 hours to sandblast the cab myself with one of those small $100 pressure blasters. Bed, hood and fenders are being done right now by a pro, he told me it would take him 3 hours to do everything. Ok, I'll pay for that.

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MLariviere
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posted 07-04-2003 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That should look cool when you're done. What color do you want it? Are you going to keep it full time 4WD?

BTW,the 79 is my most favorite year Ford truck of all.

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sigtauenus
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posted 07-05-2003 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Exterior is going be tu-tone midnight jade on the main body and wimbleton white on the roof. midnight jade is a dark green. not sure about the name of the dash color, but its a lighter green metallic. Shot the dash today, turned out pretty good.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-05-2003 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You've been busy! That looks great, I like that color.

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posted 07-05-2003 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for skips69   Click Here to Email skips69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brings back memories of my time living in Laurel Bay..................That's a very sweet color combination, is it factory? They did have some nice two-tone colors for those trucks. There is a really nice 76' or 77' running around here with the race track style trim. It is dark green with a lighter shade of green on the top of the cab and sides of the truck, and about that shade of green interior. Looks gorgeous!

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sigtauenus
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posted 07-12-2003 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spent today changing the c-bushings, track arm bushings, radius arm bushings, and put in new front shocks and springs. It actually went well and took Casey's Dad and I about 6 hours total to do it all. Now if only I could find a 1 5/16 socket for the pitman arm I could change the steering box out. I picked up a nice sized pipe wrench, hopefully that will work when we get back to it tomorrow.

Here's some more picks of the progress...

This is my first time shooting paint like this, and its acrylic enamel with a $70 craftsman gun, and painted outside/in a carport. I think when my USMC days are over, I'm going to open my own shop. I'm having fun and think with more practice could be fairly good at it.


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MLariviere
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posted 07-13-2003 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That truck sure is looking good!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-13-2003 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beware of overspray! You don't want a Dark Shadow Gray/Two tone green Mach 1!

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posted 07-13-2003 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
Beware of overspray! You don't want a Dark Shadow Gray/Two tone green Mach 1!

true, I move it down the street while painting.

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posted 07-14-2003 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From what I see you have a great atension to detail and thats important here ..Keep up the good work and I think you can make some good money in that business.But hey I am just an old ex Navy Jet mech.lol By the way most bases have an execlent paint booth you can rent for about $65.. a day so when you spray it will keep it clean and keep the epa off you..Bruce

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sigtauenus
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posted 08-12-2003 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Second coat of paint is on the cab, all the glass and new weatherstrip is back in. Holy cow what a pain in the a$$ the windshield and back glass was. Actually got Casey to get her hands dirty helping with those.

The dash is all back together and just need to wire the door speakers before the door panels go on.

Shot the back side of the hood and fenders today, hopefully the front side tomorrow and hang them on by this weekend.

Now that the glass is all in, new carpet can finally go in.

Still waiting on the new upholstery to show up, that will be another fun day.

More pics to follow...

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sigtauenus
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posted 08-17-2003 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here we go with the latest pics. I can't believe this is being done in the driveway. Can't wait to have a real garage.

Upholstery came in, its very nice, just need some hog ring pliers. Autozone doesn't seem to carry those...

The bed and tires/wheels are in the works, but will be awhile as work takes me to CA for a month next week.


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posted 08-17-2003 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lookinh real sharp! I can't wait to see the bed on it!

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posted 08-18-2003 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks great, Sam!

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posted 08-18-2003 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the compliments. The paint looks nice and shiny, but actually has a good bit of dust and a few bugs in it. Ok, not really a good bit, but enough that I know its there and you know how that goes. I know I can color sand it with say 2000 grit and buff it to make it nice and smooth, but don't know how long to wait. I've heard anything from 3 weeks to 6 months to never. I mixed the hardener/reducer as directed to with the acrylic enamel, so should be fine after its cured, just need to figure out how long that is. And I think the color sand and buff will take it from a nice 30 foot paint job to a nice 10 foot paint job.

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posted 08-19-2003 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You should check with your paint supplier. I think it's usually that you can do it after 24 hours but not after 3 days, in which case you have to wait 30 days before you can touch it.

An excellent BB for paint questions is Len Stuart's www.autobodystore.com

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posted 10-03-2003 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was sanding on the bed today, and my wife came out and said "why are you still working on that, you've been sanding the same spot for 2 weeks, it looks fine to me!"

It is actually nice to see something that looked like ocean waves settle out to a calm pond. Smooth as glass would take another month of block sanding and just aint worth the effort. You can see in the picture of the bed how somebody drilled holes for the snaps for a tanau cover and the metal rusted in about a 3 inch diameter around each hole along the top side of the bed. What I've been working on is just one side of the bed and the tailgate. Still have the other side and the wheelwells to do before I shoot the color.

The wheels are sandblasted and primered, I'll repaint them white this weekend and hopefully put fresh rubber on them soon.

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posted 12-07-2003 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the latest after this weekend. The cab is completely done with new upholstery installed.

I spent the yesterday with my father-in-law finishing up the prep work for the wheel wells. All the rot is cut out and the edges flanged and new patch panels cut to fit.

I was going to use "chemical weld", ie, body panel glue, but its an epoxy mix and one side of the epoxy I bought was bad and couldn't be used. My supplier should have a new tube for me on Tuesday and I will glue the patches on then. After that, all I have to do is blend the seem and the bed is finally ready for paint.

I'll have the paint done by or over Christmas if I'm lucky and can find a heated paint booth to use.

Still working on the plan for a good rhino lining. Everything I've seen says its not something to do yourself.

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posted 12-08-2003 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking good,Sig! You will have a good looking truck when you're done.

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posted 12-09-2003 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for skips69   Click Here to Email skips69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking very good. Having done a few old truck's and Bronco's, I've cut out the wheel well openings as you have done, and have used the 2 part body panel adhesive to attach the new metal patches - all with excellent results. My only suggestion to you is to be sure you purchase a flange tool and bend the old metal in, and lay the patch panel inside of that "pocket". The adhesive instructions say to grind the edges of the new panel and the surface areas of where the old panel will meet. You'll be left with an unnatural ridge though all the way around the patch, no matter how well you smooth the filler. The flange tools are available through Eastwood, and there are both hand operated ones and pneumatic operated ones. As far as your acrylic enamel, I did some research on this subject this past summer as that is always what I spray. They told me I could color sand the enamel (I also add the hardner) after 7 days, but their was a shorter time after that to apply the clear (24 hours if I remember correctly). I just painted my hood this year (blacked out like a 69' Mach 1), and the rest of the car had the same paint, but it was 2 years old. They said the rest of the car with older paint was fine to color sand as well, but again, must be cleared within 24 hours (I think). I just contacted PPG on their website at the time, and had a nice running e-mail going with the rep I got ahold of. He was very informative, and I appreciated all of his feedback. Your truck is looking great, and the original colors are very good looking - glad to see them being used. Keep up the dilligence, and attention to detail Marine!

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posted 03-05-2004 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sigtauenus   Click Here to Email sigtauenus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok, here's the latest as of this afternoon. Paint is done except for Rhino liner inside bed, just got to add the molding and light fixtures and I'm driving...

I'll post some final pics in a couple days (ok, maybe a couple weeks), and then send some to Steve for an update to my members page.

Next project, learning by doing again, rebuilding the C-6 myself...

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posted 03-05-2004 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's looking good!

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posted 03-05-2004 09:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good job! I think you'll have a nice ride when you're done.

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