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From Mike :
Just because this 1972 GMC truck arrived by trailer does not make it a Trailer Queen. I purchased this classic truck from my brother after he owned it for about 10 years.
The truck is a 1972 GMC Custom Camper, 3/4-ton, long bed, 350 engine, 4X4, with AC. Most everything on the truck is original except the passenger door. My brother rebuilt the engine and did some body work and primed it. The truck then sat in his yard for three or four years. There does not seem to be any rust through anywhere but there is a lot of surface rust. My brother said the fuel pump needs to be changed and a manifold/exhaust pipe flange leaks.
OK, this is where you Stovebolters come into the picture. You have a great forum and I know I can get this truck on the road looking half way decent with your help.
Problem #1 is I am not a mechanic but did tinkering with my first car (a 1966 Mustang) about 35 years ago. I am pretty handy and can follow directions as I completed a full master bath remodel with the help of a great tile forum web site.
My first priority is to get it on the road and then work on the rust / bodywork. I have read multiple articles on electrolytic rust removal including the one in the Stovebolt Tech Tips section. I think I will be able to build a dunk tank for all the body pieces except the cab. I also am not real clear on the size of power source I will need for the electrolytic process for the fenders, bed sides. One of the articles I read said you needed at least 50 amps to do large pieces. Most have used welders for this task (don't own a welder either). Is it possible to use a large amperage battery charger?
I am not sure what to do after I get the rust off. I will be doing the rust removal piece by piece as time allows. Do I treat the metal and then prime? I want to do my best to keep the rust away. I will probably have the priming and painting done as I don't own a compressor or spray unit. I don't want to tackle the final paint job. I do know that the prep is of major importance for a nice paint job.
Let me backup here a moment. I am wanting a nice looking truck that I can use as a truck and occasionally take to local show and shine events. I am not looking for a big time show car.
Well, Thanks in advance for all your help. I am really enjoying this web site.