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Old 09-08-2011, 04:00 PM
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Get Rid of Hard To Reach Rust

Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I have posted, and I have a quick question:

My dad and I are still doing a lot of sanding in the cabin of my '49 pick up (the F3 series), and we are currently focusing on the instrument panel. There is a lot of rust on the inside of it, especially in those deep and hard to reach curves, and well, wire brush drills, sandblasters, and manual sandpaper aren't really cutting it. It is getting the job done, slowly, but I actually threw my back out* twisting and trying to get under there to see what I was missing and had already sanded this afternoon.

So, I was wondering if there was any product out there that is like a "rust-be-gone" product that you would recommend for an older car, or a trick or technique that will allow me to sand those harder to reach places easier. I'm not opposed to hard work and elbow grease, but I can't keep throwing my back out all the time, now can I?

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I'll be looking around some more in other places and seeing if someone has advice too (like all those car shows my dad watches; yay for those stations who put episodes on their sites).


*cashier at Target for three years takes its toll on a back; not the first time I've thrown it out
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:27 PM
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I am looking in to the same for my 49 F1 I have a ton of rust and POR 15 looks good on the site so I am going to take a small amount and try it out on something I dont care that much about.. I have an antique lawnmower that has been in the yard for years and has a ton of rust I am going to see if it will safely remove the rust and then prime and paint it and see how it holds up. I will let you know how that goes when it gets here.
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:32 PM
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Thanks! I hope it goes well and the results will do the same for me!
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:45 PM
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Is the cab off the frame.?
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:49 PM
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No, it's not. We're going to be doing the cabin and get that completely done before we tackle the body and all that.

If the instrument panel wasn't welded to the cabin and we could take it out, getting into all those nooks and crannies would be so much easier. Oh well.
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:04 PM
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If I remember correctly the instument cluster doe's come out with three screws (or bolts) from the back side of it, Im pretty sure its not welded.
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:08 PM
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Well, we'll double check it but it looks welded to me.
 
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Well, we'll double check it but it looks welded to me.
Good luck, and welcome to the forum.
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:21 PM
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Look a at product called Rustbullet @ rustbullet.com.
 
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When you say instrument panel, what you are referring to is the dash correct? the dash(entire width of the cab) is welded in.

The instrument panel(just the guage panel in front of the steering wheel) is not welded in. Just trying to clear up some confusion!
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:29 PM
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Good point Jeff
 
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Thanks for the welcome guys, and yeah, that is what I meant, the dash. I guess the specific location I referred to was where all of the instrument panels are held. (Can anyone tell me I am utterly new to truck terms?)
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:35 PM
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Has anyone used the POR 15? I would be interested in hearing if it worked as well as it says.
 
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I don't think it matters too much on terminology...dash...instrument panel...easily could swap words and mean the same thing!

I used a similar product, CHASSIS SAVER, i can't give you a history on my use since I just put it on the underside of my cab this summer. gonna do the inside of the cab also. I think its very similar to por-15.
Its tough stuff! That much I can tell you!
 
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:11 PM
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It looks it. There is so much rust on this truck I dont know what to do.. just take it an inch at time i guess but some magic in a bottle would be nice.
 

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