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#1464977 Fri Sep 02 2022 11:54 PM
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Skooter Offline OP
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Closest I've ever come to doing a complete restoration all at one time. At least that was the intent but once the bed was off and the hottest part of summer (2021) spent wire brushing, scraping, and cleaning the back half of the frame, day after miserable day....let's just say I burned out on the idea of a "total" resto. 
Rear frame turned out nice though.

And she doesn't really need a total resto. There's little to no mechanical improvement to be had, because fortunately, everything works perfectly (for now). haha

That 30 year old paint job though...I'm tired of staring at my mistakes, and 30 years is a long time for any paint to last, especially on one that's regularly driven and used.
 
Getting the sheet metal prepped, re-painted, and buffed took from July through May of this year and I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. It's red once again, 1982 throwback color paying homage to an amazing time in my life, and it's the one color I don't think I'll regret or wish I'd went with the tan, or white or seacrest green...all of those were considered, as was original forester green, which wouldn't have been a big enough change to make me feel it was worth the hard work, plus it's HOT as blazes in the AZ sunshine and magnifies flaws, as dark colors are prone to do.
 
So I'll go ahead and post a few pics of the exterior.  Should have bed wood refinished and installed within the next couple weeks; more pics when that's done.
 
Then perhaps this winter pull the engine and do a thorough job (by my standards) prepping and repainting firewall and everything else under the hood. Original 216 still runs great but I'd feel better replacing phenolic timing gear with aluminum, and bearings could use adjusting. Plus a new hi-quality rope main seal, if such a creature exists.
 
First pic is with yours truly 40 years ago...then and now.  big_eek

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2 Chronicles 7:14

1952 Chevy 1/2-ton 3100
Dalton Highway survivor
www.truckwithaheart.com [flickr.com]
Joined: Oct 2021
Posts: 1,163
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'Bolter
That's a nice red. Beats resale red by a mile.

What happened to the West Coast mirrors? Those looked cool.


1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe (The Phantom)
1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
1966 Ford Mustang (Little Red)
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
1995 Ford F-150 (Newt)
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Skooter Offline OP
'Bolter
Thanks. Got rid of the west coast mirrors after I removed the camper.


2 Chronicles 7:14

1952 Chevy 1/2-ton 3100
Dalton Highway survivor
www.truckwithaheart.com [flickr.com]
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 6,264
Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
Looking good thumbs_up


Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
Busting rust since the mid-60's
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Nice job! Your paint look’s amazing! chug


Phil
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1952 Chevrolet 3100
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‘59 235 w/hydraulic lifters
“Three on the Tree” & 4:11 torque tube
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Looking great sir!

The old vs new pics were cool to see. thumbs_up

Dan


Dan

1951 Chevy 3 window 3100 (My Grandpa's hunting truck)
1966 Chevelle (Wife's Hot Rod)
2013 Chevy Silverado (Current daily driver)
US Army MSG Retired (1977-1998)
Com Fac Maint Lead Tech Retired (1998-2021)

Finely time to get to work on my Grandpa's (now mine) truck!
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'Bolter
Wow, that looks very nice. Good Job!


Ron
1954 Chevy 3604 - A work in progress...
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" You can't keep dancing with the Devil and wonder why you're still in Hell ! "

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'Bolter
Gorgeous truck!


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Skooter Offline OP
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Thank you, you're all too kind.
I mentioned the rear frame turned out nice but forgot to include a pic. After obsessive cleaning, went with straight Rustoleum Rust Reformer, applied with a brush. New shocks and rear spring shackles. Can finally crawl underneath without dirt falling in my eyes.
First bit of stain on bedwood today.

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2 Chronicles 7:14

1952 Chevy 1/2-ton 3100
Dalton Highway survivor
www.truckwithaheart.com [flickr.com]
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 6,264
Housekeeping (Moderator) Making a Stovebolt Bed & Paint and Body Shop Forums
What are you using for stain? I bought an opaque black stain, and am having trouble getting it to dry. First coat was brushed on, and the thicker spots weren't dry after a week. I rubbed off those areas and sprayed on a second coat on the underside, which is doing better. It's only been a day on the second coat and the instructions say it can take 24 hours. I'm thinking I'm stuck with it, but just wondering what you're using and how it's going.


Kevin
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
Busting rust since the mid-60's
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