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Old 07-29-2018, 11:20 AM
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Thanks Frank! It's been weird being away from the truck for so long, I can't say I enjoy it. I'm really looking forward to getting back and getting a little work done soon!

I know the feeling. MY rock crawler LJ and visiting relatives from one coast to another has stalled my project. Guess its going to be this winter before i can get it back in gear.

Did you get the sheepskin or just interning for the summer?
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Old 07-29-2018, 11:40 AM
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I know the feeling. MY rock crawler LJ and visiting relatives from one coast to another has stalled my project. Guess its going to be this winter before i can get it back in gear.

Did you get the sheepskin or just interning for the summer?

Just interning for the summer, it's been quite a whirlwind for a non-standard college student! Old dogs and new tricks sorta thing...
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Old 07-29-2018, 12:05 PM
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Just interning for the summer, it's been quite a whirlwind for a non-standard college student! Old dogs and new tricks sorta thing...

Greg just hang in there.
I got my undergrad at 36 working full time and going to night school 4 nights a week forever.
I got my grad degree working full time and going to night school work group meetings for 2 years.
Did I mention that both times EVERY weekend was doing homework/writing papers.

Having said all that it was worth every penny, drop of sweat, and agonizing moment
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:04 PM
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I am with you, Frank. I did get undergrad in my 20’s but grad school was a start and stop afair that finally got finished when I was 39.
And yea, the weekends and long nights were worth it, but it took focus to put almost everything else aside.

I did much better when I was older. I barely made it through the engineering undergrad..too many, um, distractions!
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:46 PM
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Big things!

So my summer internship is done. I got back in Baton Rouge on Sunday afternoon and today, I got a big one knocked out. Finally FINALLY got the power assisted steering setup finished. Man, what a difference that MAKES. Now my shoulders don't kill me when I drive it. Super smooth operation. Next up is AC!!

So what did I do between Sunday and today? Oh, just got engaged to the most amazing woman I have ever known. I figured you guys would understand if I took yesterday off from the truck to make Elizabeth my fiancé!
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:59 PM
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So what did I do between Sunday and today? Oh, just got engaged to the most amazing woman I have ever known. I figured you guys would understand if I took yesterday off from the truck to make Elizabeth my fiancé!
PRAISE GOD!!! CONGRATS!!!!
That is fantastic news!!!!
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Old 08-07-2018, 02:02 PM
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PRAISE GOD!!! CONGRATS!!!!
That is fantastic news!!!!

Haha, it is fantastic news indeed! She's a pretty amazing lady. I'm lucky she puts up with me!
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:54 AM
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Heavens to Betsy, it's been a hot minute...

So it's been a while.

This semester, my penultimate semester of my mechanical engineering degree, really REALLY stretched me. Sad to say that not only did I not get a chance to work on the 63 since August, I only drove it once. And something blocked up the carb and left me temporarily stranded at a light about 5 blocks from home... This winter break has been sublime, however.

Speaking of, Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!

The next major project for me to tackle on the truck is the bed. I'm going to build the sides out of some type of hardwood, not exactly sure what yet. I think I've narrowed it down to pecan, cypress (I am in Louisiana, after all) black walnut or red oak. The fenders are already painted and sadly gathering dust in the garage.

Does anybody know of a bed that's the right length (bulkhead to wheel well) besides an original one? The original Jeep beds are pretty cost prohibitive for me, especially since there's not a good one anywhere close to Louisiana. I'm pretty sure that an early 2000's Chevy short bed will actually work pretty well for what I need. I'm going to cut the sides off in such a way that I leave a mounting tab of sorts for the bed sides.

I'm really interested to tackle the A.C. now. Well, not NOW, as it's winter (ish) but more because I went through and worked on the a.c. system of a 2000 f250 I've been indefinitely loaned (talk about a tank... 645k on the original 7.3 and still humming along...) and I think I have a much better understanding of how to put those systems together now. It will most likely require me to pull the dash out, so I'm going to use that as an opportunity to reset the windshield in the gasket. I think I got it just a little cockeyed and it bugs me.

The head gasket seems to be holding up just fine, I've put about 500 miles on it since I replaced it way back when. No signs of anything going awry.

I promise I'll post pictures when I do something notable, lol. Mainly, I've just been enjoying the truck when I can and living a life of vicaroously as someone actually doing work through Al's thread...
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:05 PM
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I wondered why my ears were ringing. It is good to hear from you. And it sounds like your time has been spent as best as possible. Going to school is good. Keep posting up on what is going on and especially on the truck bed.
It is great to hear from you. And Merry Christmas for sure.
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:19 PM
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Hey LSU I never did hear from that guy with the bed and I also forgot about it. I see you are still looking. I called him again today and left a message. I will definitely get in touch with him to see if he wants to let it go. LSU, He called me back. I sent you his contact info to your Email address. Let me know if you didn't get his info.
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Old 12-22-2018, 04:49 PM
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The square body chevy stepside beds fit the J trucks, and actually look ok on there too.
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Old 12-22-2018, 05:39 PM
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:34 AM
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PowderCoat

So long time with no posts. I'm a punk.

Finally got my craigslist powdercoat oven all set up. So naturally, the first thing I wanted to tackle was the "chrome" on the rhino grille. Got it all down to the metal with my little sandblaster and decided to go for it. I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results. I think I'm going to take it back off and do another heavier coat to try and get a little better flow out over some irregularities, but maybe I should leave well enough alone... When have I ever messed something up by trying to mess with it too much? I mean...

Before


After the media blasting. I used crushed glass.


And a few pictures after!




Also, the newest addition to the Greg/Elizabeth household. This is Max (the bigger one) with our little mut, Sophie. He's a freaking dude. Gotta get him a little calmer in cars before I'm willing to risk the interior of the '63 to him and his crazy paws...


I'm also working on the lumber that I'm using for the bed sides. Found some really cool heart pine (I think) from the 50's that's going to come out really REALLY good. I'll post more here. I've got to get working on that if Walter (the name of the truck) is going to be on display at our wedding in November!
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:55 AM
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Wow! I think the grill looks great! Man, that truck is gonna look awesome all pretty'ed up for the wedding. I wouldn't mess with that grill... again. You have a good chance of warping it (with the sand blaster) or ending up with a slightly less awesome finish.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:03 PM
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Wow! I think the grill looks great! Man, that truck is gonna look awesome all pretty'ed up for the wedding. I wouldn't mess with that grill... again. You have a good chance of warping it (with the sand blaster) or ending up with a slightly less awesome finish.

Haha, I definitely want to never sandblast that grille again. Too many curves and crevices... A real pain in the butt. Maybe not to some, but to me, it was. I'd done some reading that said you can apply a second coat of powder as long as you have a good enough ground on the part and the two coats will flow out together once the old and new both get up above curing temp. I might try this out on a scrap piece of metal first... But you're probably right and I should just leave well enough alone...

We have a saying around my house, it's called "Greg-ing something up" and it involves trying to make something perfect and completely ruining it in the process...
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:14 PM
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Ha, I laughed out loud at the Greging something up.. That is funny. Hey congrats on the wedding. That is super news. The grill looks really good.
Good things are happening down your way. Great to hear about it!
Again congratulations! Good things are ahead.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:10 PM
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Is that clear or "chrome" powder? Looks pretty good.
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Old 03-05-2019, 02:15 PM
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Is that clear or "chrome" powder? Looks pretty good.

It's Eastwood's chrome powder. I too think it came out pretty good. Not perfect, but literally nothing on this truck is so there's that... Mine was originally painted body color too, so clearing it was a non-starter...

Originally, I tried a chrome spray paint, but that proved to be a tragic substitute... Powdercoat isn't exactly like chrome but way closer and waaaaay tougher than the chrome paint
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love the truck

powder coat looks great

max is cool !!!
(what an expression)
and Sophie is cool too

I know they have a good home.

dave in NC
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:21 PM
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Eastwood chrome powder is also what Sadie is wearing up front on the razor grille.

It has a nice mild pearl effect in it. I took a catalog to the powder coater and asked him to use it. The silver he was going to use just was not right.

Greg, what temperature do you have to be at for it to flow and do it's thing?
How long do you keep it in the oven?
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