I like the dents. If we all wanted trucks with no dents they sell them at the Ford dealerships brand new all day long. I don't want to have to worry about using the truck & driving it around to places where trucks naturally like to go - mud, dust, gravel, snow, etc. I know it might be crazy but I left dents on purpose in my paint - I feel like the truck earned those dents - badges of honor wear them proudly. Just my opinion - one or two passes with the sander & on to the paint.
Ben in Austin
Anybody can go to the dealer and buy a shiny new truck (as long as you have the cash/financing) but how many people have an F1 or F100 that LOOKS like new? Personally I don't own a classic truck so that I can beat it...that's what I do with the new one I got from the dealer!
Only problem with a long board is there isn't a lot of flat places on them. lol . The only flat place can think of on my 52 is the bed with out the finders bolted on haha. If your like me I nick picked it and still wasn't happy with it. the bad thing with doing it yourself is that you will know where all the buggers are and they stand out to you but chances are no body else will notice.
It was one of the dilemmas in restoring our F1 - You can find replacement parts for just about everything & you can sand it till it looks flawless & brand new. I was busy replacing everything - new engine, new front suspension, new gas tank, then the 4 fenders & running boards. Then I stopped & asked myself why did we buy this old truck if we were going to make everything new. So I stopped - we restored the old bed instead of buying a new one & we saved the cab & doors & I left some dents in the body instead of going for the perfect body & paint job. Honestly we could have sanded this truck for another 4 months getting everything perfect. It's personal preference but I wanted it to still look like a real farm truck from the 50's. Get all the rust & decay out of there & enjoy it - It doesn't have to be perfect. (My son Zack is going to drive it a lot so keeping it perfect would just be an exercise in total frustration).