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Old 05-20-2014, 10:04 PM
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My 1978 F350 Build

This is my 78 F350 Custom with the 140in wheelbase, factory A/C, PS, PB, with a 400 and an auto C6. Doing a full frame off resto. Engine to get a full rebuild and performance upgrades, new interior, fresh paint, and rims. Here is what I started with and where Im at so far......












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POR Degreaser and then POR Metal Prep







This is just one coat of POR-15 Rust Preventative, still have to apply a second coat then POR Top Coat in Gloss Black. This is a must do if you plan on doing a frame-off resto on anything, great product.





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Looks like a solid truck! I usually don't like the cleared over patina, but I think that truck could really look good with it. Nice looking frame as well!
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Old 05-21-2014, 12:12 AM
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Looks like a solid truck! I usually don't like the cleared over patina, but I think that truck could really look good with it. Nice looking frame as well!
I thought about that, it could have pulled it off, but the rust issues it had really needed attention. So now I'm going all out, trucks getting lowered, painted metallic stripes, and a sound system. I also have more pics to upload, I got the new floor pan welded in place.
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Where is the rust at? I have seen a few trucks and cars with new metal put in and then artificially aged to match the rest of the trucks patina.
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How does that POR 15 stuff hold up over time?
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Where is the rust at? I have seen a few trucks and cars with new metal put in and then artificially aged to match the rest of the trucks patina.
Sorry this is off topic, but do you have any links with how to do the artificial aging? That might be something I want to look into for my 77.

Back on topic... That frame looks brand new now. can't wait to see the rest of the restoration. Good luck
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Ok, questions will be answered in order.

The rust is really bad under the drip rails above the doors, the door corners, passenger side floor, etc.

Now to the POR-15, only time will tell, but it looks like a really good product. It dries rock hard,self levels, and has a ceramic like feel when dry. Its been two days since the second coat and it is holding a nice shine. The next step I'm going to do is apply there Gloss Black Top Coat. That will be sprayed on. The other was brushed. Rustoleum is nothing compared to this.

Thanks, more pics to come, I already have the paint, polyurethane bushings & mounts, cab lights, etc. and still more to come.
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Got the floor done, got the new pan welded in. Driver side was repaired











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Its been a awhile since I posted but heres an update.

I had to redo the frame, por15 flaked off.
So I had it sandblasted, then it was primed and painted. Looks great now, will get picks off that soon.

Second, the cab floor and firewall are now painted.















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Looks really good!

Couple questions: Any idea why the POR15 flaked off?

How do you plan to lower the truck? Hate to have you redo the frame for a 3rd time because of modifications for lowering.
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Thumbs up Looking good!

Keep up the good work!

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Wow thanks for the article!!

Also, I have yet to change it but I work at Fort Myers Infiniti now. But thanks again. I will keep posting as I build along.
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