That looks like a pretty good starting point. What are your plans for it??
You will have to wait and see, but if you are a purist you may want to unsubscribe or you will be tempted to make some negative comments about some of my work. Overall I want a reliable truck I can use as a parts truck for my next project... which I have not decided on as of now.
You guys still think it looked nice?
Here is a hint to how many layers of paint I had to strip to see how it really was...
Running boards and rear fenders off.
Probably would have been cheaper to pay someone to take the glass out in one piece... Oh well... this is what happens late at night when powered by beer.
One thing I can say, is overall the PO's did not due too much "rigging", or at least they hid it well if they did.
A little more about me...
This is my first classic vehicle restoration... I am 26, with high school shop and welding classes as my only training, and it will probably show.
Prior to this I had built and modified quite a few motorcycles and choppers, which IMO is a whole lot easier than a project of this scale... I could have built/restored 2 bikes in the time I put into this truck, and probably with the same amount of cash too... While fabrication does not bother me, I am not a genius with engines, transmissions, drivelines, etc. nor am I by any means a pro painter. I have modified vehicles and engines, but not performed a full blown motor swap before... I have a lot to learn and am happy to have found this site to help me along the way. Look forward to meeting those of you attending truckstock, I will be the loser with his daily driver cuz his truck cannot even make it the 200 mile trip...
When I am not working on the truck, I work full time and have recently been engaged... so if I get in 10 solid hours of work a weekend on the truck I am satisfied.
I am looking for help always, so let me know if you want to drop by and give me a hand. Standing offer for free beer to those working or even advising.
Thanks for posting your pics. I think you have a very good project started there. And you seem to have a good idea of what you want and how realistic it is to do one of these projects. I know it would be terribly inconvenient to do this, but feel free to trailer it down and let the guys study it and give you pointers. And, no, you won't be the "loser". You haven't seen my three rusty trucks yet.
Thanks for following the post and the comment thus far.
Bed wood has seen better days
Bed wood removed
After bed removed
First good look at it in the light
Got everything spread out
Enlisted the help of a friend to clean up the frame
After about 8 hours of 2 people with angle grinders and wire wheels...
At the end of only the 3rd day of working on it... Just spray painted bedliner on the frame in time to dry overnight.
Noticed some issues during this process and do not worry they will be talked about in future posts. Unfortunately as many of you know... A lot of time and therefore pictures of the work it took to strip it down will be posted in the following days/weeks.
Stripping the hood... Tried a bunch of methods - Aircraft stripper, paddle discs, paint stripper disks, scrapers, etc... I liked stripper than scraping then paint remover wheel best after playing around a while.
Flash rusting is the only downside of the stripper.
I was just messing around with this concept, but I think I might keep it on the final... What do you think?
Stripper does not work on bondo, and the rear fenders had tons of it... I tried to show how thick it was
Finally got most of the bondo removed from the rear fender
Figured I would try to get a post up before I head out to work on the truck for the day. Hopefully not too many of you have figured out how to skip ahead, but just in case I haven't uploaded everything yet.
Recruited the girlfriend then, fiancee now, to help out with the "stripping and grinding." (corny, I know)
I sat in this bed with my hands vibrating for over 4 hours
Inside of bed done and coated with rust reformer, most of which will be sanded off again before priming.
I even found bondo on the tailgate... with all the details it was a PITA to get stripped.
I think on the final version I will strip the paint on the raised Ford and then clear it... Especially if I do the hood center exposed.