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Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314481 Sun Jun 16 2019 03:53 AM
Joined: Jun 2011
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Shop Shark
I have been experimenting applying linseed oil on my '54 to see how in holds up, outside storage, though.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314487 Sun Jun 16 2019 10:51 AM
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Master Gabster
My truck came from southern Indiana at a time before all the salt was applied so it was in reasonable shape rust wise. The top surfaces were in good shape but the usual rust in the floor and cab corners. So I started on a minor refurbishing. Then the Bob Villa syndrome kicked in and 2 years later it was done. If you don't know you can see the final results in my picture. Best of luck.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
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Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314509 Sun Jun 16 2019 03:59 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
I should have known better than to start such an existential conversation like this haha. But I do appreciate everyone's take on this.

I will preserve whats there for now, save a little money, and consider painting in the future if it bothers me that much.

Thanks all.

James


1951 GMC 9430 long box w/ hoist
1952 GMC 9430 long box w/ hoist (sold)
Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314516 Sun Jun 16 2019 04:37 PM
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Shop Shark
Love the patina best part you don't have to worry about people touching ti or parking it anywhere. Kid love touching stuff and gives them the chance to really enjoy the fruits of all your hard labor. I also have done the vinegar and soap bath 3m then boiled linseed oil. Just another option.

Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314532 Sun Jun 16 2019 07:10 PM
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Shop Shark
Once it’s delivered and you take your time going through it to make it road worthy, then drive it a couple of months, you’ll bond with your truck. You’ll accept it for what it looks like, and I’ll bet that you’ll never want to paint it! Freshly painted trucks don’t look like an old truck oughta.


Chuck
1950 Chevy 1/2 ton (original)
1951 Chevy 1/2 ton (future streetrod)
1941 Chevy coupe
1938 Chevy coupe streetrod
Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314605 Mon Jun 17 2019 12:58 PM
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Shop Shark
It looks fine to me.

Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314608 Mon Jun 17 2019 01:14 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
Done deal, thanks all. I will follow up in time about how it turns out. I will keep the truck looking experienced (maybe straighten the fenders just a little).

James


1951 GMC 9430 long box w/ hoist
1952 GMC 9430 long box w/ hoist (sold)
Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314650 Mon Jun 17 2019 07:31 PM
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That truck of Showkey's look great. I've seen a couple that have a high gloss over the rust. Had a wet look that didn't look right to me.

I'd be in the don't paint camp.

Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314698 Tue Jun 18 2019 01:04 AM
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Shop Shark
Yes sir, I agree with Mark........ Don’t spray any gloss over the rust! It just don’t look right.


Chuck
1950 Chevy 1/2 ton (original)
1951 Chevy 1/2 ton (future streetrod)
1941 Chevy coupe
1938 Chevy coupe streetrod
Re: Paint or Leave Original?
GMCanada9430 #1314706 Tue Jun 18 2019 01:51 AM
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If it were mine, based on the pictures, it would get disassembled, dents removed ,stripped,epoxy primed and painted in single stage urethane. It has been original 68 years now, it would be a shame in my book to not give this survivor another pretty body to go with that pretty face of a grill.
My truck was about almost as bad, and looking back, I'm glad I put the work into it and made it new again.
Steve

Last edited by sstock; Tue Jun 18 2019 01:52 AM.

1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, torque tube still,omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
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