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57 steppy, my beast :) #1031891 Thu May 29 2014 12:18 AM
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Steppin Out Offline OP
New Guy
here is a few pics of her current state....
i will use this thread for future updates and general discussion...

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0183_zps08d3dbbc.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0184_zps35ac15cc.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0186_zps387ae582.jpg

love this pic !
http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0185_zps7c0dc76d.jpg

idea is to polish her out, and paint the trim.... sort of a negative aspect...
plus after stripping all those years of paint, im not in a big hurry to put any back on her, lol









One more busted knuckle and i will have a complete set !
Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1031963 Thu May 29 2014 09:34 AM
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Wow, that is a pretty cool truck. What a piece of history of life in America. I am guessing that you used some sort of chemical stripper?


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Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1031983 Thu May 29 2014 01:47 PM
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i used 2 gallons of aircraft stripper on the tough spots, corners, tight spots, etc...., and to remove top layers of paint and soften everything up...
then i used a razor to shave the bottom layers, once i got going i could shave an entire side, the flat areas, in about 20 minutes.

the conversion coating (sort of like a primer coating) isn't affected by any chemical means i have found, so to remove that i used a beveled edge wire wheel on my grinder, held flat to the surface, and it removes that coating fairly easily....
best thing is, doing it this way there is very little surface damage done to the aluminums original surface...... all aluminum has a "skin" sort of that is easily polished, if you hit it with a grinder or the wrong wheel, you dig into/under the skin, and then you have to sand it back smooth before you can polish it bright...

in my case on this van, i have about 80-85% of a great surface to start polishing on.... some areas the conversion coating was so strong i didnt have a choice but to dig in a little to remove it

after getting all the conversion coating off(lol, well 95%) i use an etching cleaner made for mag wheels to help remove the soot from the surface and that is what gives that sort of leopard print look that i have right now....

when i get ready to actually start polishing, i will go all over again with the etching cleaner right before i start.
i plan on using 10" wheels on my big grinder/polisher to get to the end result....im not going to try and achieve a show perfect award winning shine (think airstream trailer) but plan on as close as i can get before i get burned out, lol.

the plan is, instead of paint with polished trim, to go polished with painted trim.... only paint with be rub rails, drip rails/gutters, grill, and possibly door hardware...
this is the second one i have stripped down, lol, i learned a lot
on the first one, mostly what NOT to do.
i never got a chance to finish the first cause i was driving it/working on it and got blasted with offers to buy her from day one until someone ponied up enough to get my attention. it wasnt as nearly classic and cool as this one, it was a '77 kurbmaster, basically just a square box with no drivers door..... this one is a '57 kurbside








One more busted knuckle and i will have a complete set !
Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1031988 Thu May 29 2014 02:05 PM
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New Guy
all in all, from start to where im at now, i would say about 60 hours in total for the stripping.

i usually hit it hard for 3 or 4 hours, then walk away for a day or two....
some of the tight spots, like over the rear doors, and drip rails are just mind numblingly slow


One more busted knuckle and i will have a complete set !
Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1033747 Fri Jun 06 2014 12:41 AM
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ok, been working on bearings, wheels and brakes last few days...

wheels were a no brainer, acid bath, a little wire wheel to smooth over a rough spot here and there, zinc rich primer and bright red enamel.....my buddy at the tire shop ordered in some "all position" 19.5 highway treads for me(should be the last pair of new shoes the ol girl see)

the acid bath took about 45 minutes at 175 degrees and they came out squeaky clean....

i rattle canned everything with off the shelf stuff from work, reasons being not only have i dubbed this a "no budget build", but i want ready access to materials to fix scratches, spruce up, etc...

when im done getting her up and running she will be put to work slinging drinks and food at select events and the such...

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0198_zpsa16bb53d.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0199_zpsbbfe5d91.jpg











One more busted knuckle and i will have a complete set !
Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1033753 Fri Jun 06 2014 12:50 AM
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bearings are stupid expensive for this thing, lol
im not interested in putting together some sort of frankenhub so i just sucked it up and got the original style....
i got lucky though, the inners were near brand new, must have been changed out right before being put out to pasture...

the brake shoes we had on the shelf, and bearing/seals i had to order in next day....

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0193_zps5d08da2f.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0192_zpsf0d99561.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0194_zpsaea29b6a.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0196_zpsd841917d.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0195_zps2c2372f4.jpg

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0197_zps4fe5e751.jpg














One more busted knuckle and i will have a complete set !
Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1033757 Fri Jun 06 2014 01:01 AM
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New Guy
heres a couple of the tore down spindles just to give a good idea for before and after pics...

driver side...
http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0191_zps743c9b3c.jpg

passenger...
http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0190_zps51c12a28.jpg

i have cleaned and undercoated the wheel wells and test fit the driver side to get a feel for finished look, but the battery died in my camera so ya have to wait for finished pics....

right now im waiting for wheel cylinders to come in tomorrow, and have taken hubs back off to swap them out, lol, wasnt expecting that, but i should have thought about them when i was ordering the rest of stuff, lol

http://i762.photobucket.com/albums/xx267/93MARKIII/57%20step%20van/CIMG0197_zps4fe5e751.jpg

can anyone identify my frame from these front hub pics?? im saying 3/4 ton

3400, 3500, 3600 maybe ?

but im sure she is 1 ton in the rear just from the springs, but im not sure...... when i get the camera charged up i will get pics and see what you guys think







Last edited by Steppin Out; Fri Jun 06 2014 01:01 AM.

One more busted knuckle and i will have a complete set !
Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1034617 Tue Jun 10 2014 01:22 AM
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Roadmarks Offline
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What a cool truck!

Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1034973 Wed Jun 11 2014 05:12 PM
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VEW Offline
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Mine is a 55, but looks very similar to yours. However, I have three on the tree. Tag inside the doghouse says GVWR is 7000#. I always thought it was a 3/4 ton.


Victor

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Re: 57 steppy, my beast :) [Re: Steppin Out] #1034975 Wed Jun 11 2014 05:27 PM
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VEW, 7000# would be a 1T, and I'd say SteppinOuts van is a 1T as well

Bill


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