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Old 08-16-2014, 06:05 PM
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Rear Frame Repaint and Suspension Rebuild

I've been promising these pictures for a while so here it goes.

I started out just replacing the bed and a new rear fuel tank while I was at it. But when I got the bed off I discovered I had bigger problems.




The shock hangers were bad too.


So I decided to replace these bad hangers and also put new bushings in the spring eyes and new rear shocks. When I went to press the old bushings out, I found this:


So now I needed new leaf springs too. Now every single bolt was so rusted that they either snapped off or had to be torched off. I had to drop the front tank to have room to deal with the front eyebolt. The straps were rusted so bad that they just busted when I tried to loosen them so I need new straps too. Once the tanks were out. I found the rear brake line was rusted extremely bad and ready to spring a leak. So I'll be putting a new brake line in too while I have all this room.

The frame was also extemely rusty.




Thats not even the worst spot. The worst spot was the frame rail and cross member next to the front fuel tank. Apparently I didn't get any pictures of that.
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:24 PM
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I wire-wheeled everything that a I could and sand blasted where I couldn't get the wheel to prep for rustoluem rust reformer.



Soory those pictures were kinda dark. It was about midnight when I took them and my phone has a crappy camera.

I made sure to clean these dirt traps out really well. All four where completly plugged with mud, sand, and rust. I know it is supposed to drain out, but it just doesn't work.


With all this rust I was suprised to find some patches of pristine steel just like it left the factory. It was hiding under this gooey rubbery stuff that keeps the frame from rubbing the fuel tanks.


At last I was ready to put a coat of the rust reformer on.




Hopefully tomorrow after church I'll have time to put the top coat on before the family get together. I still have a lot work to do and parts to buy. Its gotta be done before my son is born in ~14 weeks!
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:18 PM
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Lookin good Phil! We're gonna see some pics of the little cowmilker when he is born aren't we?
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wow I am glad I live in the desert! all of my trucks combined don't have as much rust as the shock hanger on your's
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:13 AM
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Lookin good Phil. I want to do this exact same thing on mine.
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:37 AM
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Good luck with the rust reformer.

What're you using for topcoat?
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Phil, that is looking good! I just can't believe that even the heavy duty metal parts rust that bad! I have other things to deal with, but rust is not one, for which I am thankful. Looking forward to seeing it done!
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Old 08-18-2014, 02:14 PM
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Lookin good Phil! We're gonna see some pics of the little cowmilker when he is born aren't we?
Definitely.

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Good luck with the rust reformer.

What're you using for topcoat?
It appears the reust reformer is doing its job. I removed ALL the flakey stuff. I even used a hammer and chisel to knock rust layers loose. For the top coat(s) I'm just going to use implement paint. I figure this is a work truck so no point in buyer anything fancy. Plus if its good enough for a tractor it ought to be good enough for an old truck frame.

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Phil, that is looking good! I just can't believe that even the heavy duty metal parts rust that bad! I have other things to deal with, but rust is not one, for which I am thankful.
Yeah all these years in the rust belt have taken its toll. You see now why my 97 gets parked all winter.

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Looking forward to seeing it done!
You and me both!
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A work truck needs the best paint you can buy
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I guess time will tell how it holds up.
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Lookin' good Phil!I wish I had taken the time to do all of this when I had the bed off. It was just soooo much time tho. lol

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Good luck with the rust reformer.

What're you using for topcoat?
What would you recommend or what have you used?
I know you've done extensive restoration work with great results.
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It's looking good Phil. Lotta work for sure. Those pictures really remind me why mine sits all winter. Man I hate rust.
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Lookin' good Phil!I wish I had taken the time to do all of this when I had the bed off. It was just soooo much time tho. lol


What would you recommend or what have you used?
I know you've done extensive restoration work with great results.
I sandblast

POR15(2 coats)

Chassis black or tractor black(2 coats)

The results speak for themselves
before


After

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Looks good Phil! Keep up the good work and keep those pictures coming.

I know the whole paint and frame protection thing has been beat to death, and Brad, those results do looks good, but what I really want to know is what each different approach looks like after 5 years of use. I know I can slap 4 coast of paint onto something and it will look great when it's done, but what I want to know is how it will hold up over time. I don't want to do all that work just to make it look good, you know? I want to know what will provide the best lasting protection.
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I sandblast

POR15(2 coats)

Chassis black or tractor black(2 coats)

The results speak for themselves
before
After

Is that the dually teal truck?! I never realized it was a dump bed. Thats freakin' awesome!

I wish I could sandblast everything. Mom would kill me if I did that in the driveway or yard...not sure if they'd care at my apartment complex.

Same with what Nate said. I'd love it if somebody would do the same prep on both halves of a frame, but coat it with different products. Then take pictures a few years down the road. lol
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