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Old 09-09-2018, 08:53 PM
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This is looking like a great project! I hope I never have to go this far but I would if necessary! Our '04 Ex came out of Indiana/Michigan but the primary rust is just surface underneath. I've cleaned the one side, sprayed rust converter and undercoating on it. I will hit the other side once I am home from deployment. The only other rust spot is at the rocker/wheel well on the driver side behind the rear door. I'll be watching this thread with great interest. Once you are finished, I might need a corner!!!!!
 
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:17 PM
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I have finally finished blasting the frame and took it to the powder coater last Friday. He called today and it is done, so I will pick it up tomorrow. Figured I should catch up this thread. My initial sand usage estimate was way out of wack. I ended up using 31 50 lb bags of play sand, plus 100 lbs of actual silica sand. I wanted to see if there was a difference in how the sand preformed. The play sand actually seemed to do a better job. The play sand cost $4.75 for a 50 lb bag and the silica sand was $11.25 for 100 lbs.
I forgot to get a picture of the dry sandblasting equipment, so I will get that later. I did make up a fitting to get rid of the lance on the power washer so it was not such a long reach.

Here is the standard power washing setup


Here it is with the fitting I made. Much easier to use, although maybe a little more splash back.


I also used a little spot sander that I modified to get into some areas that everything else was just too big to get into. Worked really good on the inside of the frame horns


I cleaned up the flash rust with a DA, electric sander, die grinder, pretty much everything that I had that turned. I ran across something I hadn't been aware of. They are called Roloc discs, and I used the scotch brite style and they worked pretty good. I also used a bristle disc, and that worked great around the rivets.
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Although I haven't posted on this thread hardly at all this summer, I have been squeezing in some time to work on the EX. I have been in Texas helping Mike pull my axles and mocking them up. I ended up getting an 08 front axle and there are quite a few differences from the 07. I have been posting the differences in the thread Mike started - https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1...on-thread.html.
 
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Old 10-18-2018, 07:21 PM
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Almost forgot, here is the frame when I dropped it off

 
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That looks awesome! Should have done a clear coating to keep it looking bare
 
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That looks awesome! Should have done a clear coating to keep it looking bare
I was going to do clear powder coat, but decided that it would be hard to match if and when I need to touch up.
 
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Subscribed. This is gonna be awesome...
 
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You did an excellent job cleaning it.
 
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That is sweet! It will be nice and clean going back together. Great job for sure!
 
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I have been picking away at some smaller parts and the axles. My wife put me in an EX time out until I got some stuff done around the house and we had been traveling off and on since Thanksgiving. I have not had a lot of hours or days to get much done. I got the frame back from the powder coater and it looks really well. Notice that was when the grass was still green and before any white stuff had fallen.


I got the coil buckets, radius arm brackets and quite a few odds and ends cleaned up and powder coated as well, but had them done in a different color, so you'll have to wait until stuff is mounted to see that. I am able to spend more time working on the EX now that I am free from my time out.
 
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wow thats nice.
 
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Where did you have your frame done? Also, where abouts are you in Ohio? I'm in Wilmington.
 
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:22 AM
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Where did you have your frame done? Also, where abouts are you in Ohio? I'm in Wilmington.
Duffee Finishing north of Columbus, Sunbury mailing address. I live west of Columbus in West Jefferson.
 
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Old 02-17-2019, 06:29 AM
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The rear axle has been cleaned and painted. 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of paint.

Cleaned and in the paint booth


All painted and ready to go back together
 
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:55 AM
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Calipers and brackets cleaned and ready for paint



I'm going to use this paint. Biggest complaint I saw was that brake fluid attacked the paint. It has a 7 day curing period (which isn't a problem for me), so we'll see if people just weren't waiting for the paint to cure.


Also painting hardware and other assorted rear axle parts.
 
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I hope it works with the proper dry time. You've done a great job so far. I just missed out on a TX Excursion. I couldn't find any decent loads to TX so I could pick it up. With all the snow we've been getting, I might put our EX back together and use the money towards a nice V plow. LOL
 

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