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Owned by Mark Laken
Bolter # 21588
Fort Collins, Colorado

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21 September 2009
# 2669

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From Mark :

Just this month, I picked up a classic truck off the Denver area Craigslist. It's a 1953 half ton pickup. I paid $3200 for it. I was able to drive it back to Fort Collins with no problems other than soft brakes. The body is not too bad except for the flat black paint job with the Frankenstein stenciled logos.

Up front, I thought this was going to be a quick and dirty driver project ... un-ratrod / rockabilly the truck with fresh paint, upholstery and new biasply tires. I need to get the brakes and steering up to snuff as well.

So far, I've spent a couple evenings block sanding multiple layers of stenciled Frankenstein logos and green flames. It appeared that there was alot of mils of rattle can paint on this poor truck. Luckily, the flat black primer sanded off quickly to reveal very good sheet metal condition. Omaha Orange is the original paint - perfect for respraying on!

As I kept unbolting stuff, my quick and dirty project is slowly becoming a proper respray! I did find some rust under the primer but only where the PO must have started sanding down to bare metal (luckily only half the hood) - everything else is sprayed over old original paint and is unrusty - proof that primer doesn't rust proof.

The primer paint job does appear to be high quality paint and not rattle can after all. There is plenty of blue filler (evercoat metal glaze) in the small dings and dents ... but pink bondo in the bigger dents.

I've re-sprayed the wheels on a whim.

My plan is to paint it a creamy yellow. I saw a creamy yellow AD pickup a few years ago and decided I wanted one like that. Plus, the light color will help hide minor imperfections and will help keep the cab cooler in the summer. It'll be shiny in no time!

I'm kind of leaning towards red wheels with wide white walls. I've always liked the soft yellow with red wheel look on hot rods. But there's not gonna really be anything hotrod to back up the look with this truck ... just gonna be a slow bucky truck


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