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  • Avatarryans65
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    Ive has this 65 single cab for about 2 1/2 years that I picked up from my great uncle in Alabama. Truck was the typical 90s “restoration” but pretty solid for an east coast truck. Had a ton of bondo hiding damage and rust in both rockers, both corners were tapped, battery tray was gone, nose was full of mud etc etc. Fast forward to today, I am almost done the metal work but I now have on my hands what I think is a body shops worst nightmare- a car someone else has done work to but now they have to finish. I am not skilled in paint and body work and I am coming to the realization that unless someone picks up where I left off this thing is going to become one of those stalled projects you see on Craigslist all the time! I rarely post here but watch all the happenings and wish daily I was a couple hours from KCW instead of 1800 miles. So people of KCW what would you do with this truck?  Keep in mind my goal for this was to have a matte or dull paint job in something like Velvet green. I never wanted to have a shiny truck as I will still use this as a truck but I got scope creep of course. Just wanted the body to be made of metal and it painted all green.

    -finish the damn metal and spray bomb it?

    -teach myself body and paint and maybe have my truck back in two (more) years?

    -put it on my trailer and drag it to KCW? I have truck, truck camper and car trailer. Driven out to Junction and beyond three times now. (I’m in VA)

    Gimme some ideas, motivation …. something! haha

     

     

     

     

    AvatarVwfool
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    Looks like a solid truck now.  Can’t go wrong hauling to KCW if you have the $’s

    Worst case scenario do what your skill set allows and spray bomb it and enjoy. If you are going to actually use it and put it to work you’re sure to scrape the paint and add more dents. So do what you can and paint it.

    Just my two worthless cents

    AvatarJohn Jones
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    million dollar question…     Sounds like you  have a solid plan to me….  Finish the metal work…  Spread mud where ever it needs it to smooth things out…  Prime it one time, sand it and paint it 40% gloss…… It will look awesome….

    Avatarryans65
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    Thanks for the input, I’m at that stage where my progress has slowed down and I need a push (kick in the ass) to get back at it haha

     

    AvatarFranz
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    Building cars sucks. You have to keep taking steps. I’d do what JJ is saying and hit it with some tinted sealer. You can always make paint nicer. Maybe sandblast it first since you are at that stage?

    AvatarJohn Jones
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    Get your self a palm da.. 6″  80 grit the fuck out of it…  Mud the tool marks and or damage, poly it one time, use the same da with 180 grit…  180 all the edges out, fill any pin holes left, spray some epoxy sealer on it, and a few coats of single stage in 40% gloss… You’ll love it..

     

    Or plan a trip down here, and we can help ya wth it..  I bet if you stayed a week we would have you taken care of.. 😎

    Avatarryans65
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    Definitely sucks…. thats the truth! I have a new found appreciation for guys like you that make it not just your job but your craft to do this kind of work day in and day out. I have tried to take the time and do it right and if I don’t like it I have cut it out and started over. I’ve only ever done mechanical work on the cars I have owned but I set out to teach myself something new and learned a lot and failed a lot.

    I have a friend that will epoxy prime it for me but doesn’t have the shop capacity to take it in and finish it.

    JJ- After these last few metal areas I am finishing I will give some serious thought to taking it completely down to metal myself like you are saying with the DA. I think with a few full weekends I will see some light at the end of the tunnel!!

     

    I rolled it outside a few weeks back and stared at it, was nice to see it on the ground for a change.

    Gates are kinda rusty/ pinholed/ bondo’d over… forgot about those damn things. HA

     

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    Building cars sucks. You have to keep taking steps. I’d do what JJ is saying and hit it with some tinted sealer. You can always make paint nicer. Maybe sandblast it first since you are at that stage?

    Avatarryans65
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    Talked it over with my girlfriend last night, she said this sounds awesome. HMMMM…maybe a spring 2019 trip to GJ?

    Or plan a trip down here, and we can help ya wth it.. I bet if you stayed a week we would have you taken care of.. 😎

    AvatarJohn Jones
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    a Colorado Vacation and your truck getting some love and getting to hang out at KCW!!!!   Sounds like a good time to me.. 😎  Lets wait till I get rid of WILBUR!!!!!! 😎

    Avatarryans65
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    Hahaha, I think I will work on getting the truck where I want it then drag it out there…. it will make for some great stories for sure! I will need to start prepping up my truck, camper, dirtbike (dingy) and trailer. Road trips are my favorite!

     

    a Colorado Vacation and your truck getting some love and getting to hang out at KCW!!!! Sounds like a good time to me.. 😎 Lets wait till I get rid of WILBUR!!!!!! 😎

    Avatarryans65
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    I got a little done at various visits to the shop and while drinking beer in the driveway

    tore my seat down

     

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    Then I fixed this stupid hole in the fender well and the jack point… maybe should have put a jack point in it but the rest of it seems pretty solid

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    AvatarJohn Jones
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    those front fender wells suck to work in….  Looking good…  One piece, one step at a time.. 😎

    Avatarryans65
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    yes they do!! i can’t complain much, these were pretty solid compared to most

    bit by bit ill get this metal work done if it kills me

    Avatarryans65
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    got my seat frames painted, forgot to take any pictures…. now i can’t find one of my drivers seat back adjusting bolts haha

    anyone got one laying around they wanna sell?

    AvatarVwfool
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    Looks like you are making progress.  More so than me on my projects

    Avatarryans65
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    got my seats done, few wrinkles i gotta smooth but hey, it’s a truck

     

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    cut out that long side panel i was not happy with…. surprisingly easy to extract and will be nice to have a new panel in there

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    that is all for now

    AvatarVwfool
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    Making some good progress. Those seats look great

    Avatarryans65
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    thanks! what’s up with the shorty in your profile pic thing?

    AvatarC.Hamburg
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    So you went and did it, you cut the whole side off. lol Nice work man!

    I have the same covers in my bus. I used the horse hair pads but I should have put some batting material around the back and side tubes.

    Avatarryans65
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    haha! i had to, just didn’t sit right with me leaving that warped panel on. i’m going to clean up a few things “while i’m in there”

    So you went and did it, you cut the whole side off. lol Nice work man! I have the same covers in my bus. I used the horse hair pads but I should have put some batting material around the back and side tubes.

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