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Old 01-24-2020, 08:22 AM
nstevic01 nstevic01 is offline
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About a week later, the paint guy came and picked up the bed to work on. Since this needed the most work of the entire truck, he wanted to get a head start on it.

It didn’t take long for him to message me. Upon arriving at his place he found that two of the wheels on the cart I made had busted. Other than that though, the bed arrived safe and sound.

A couple of days later, the pictures of the bed started rolling in.

He slowly unfolds the years of damage, ty fixes, and layers of paint and bondo.

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Old 01-24-2020, 08:23 AM
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He determined that he will need to take off all the paint just to see what’s hiding after seeing the above. On to the stripper!

So that is where the bed is at right now.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:23 AM
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December 2019
Now that the bed is out of the way, on to the remanufactured motor. After pulling the trigger on the motor from BJs, it arrived right at the beginning of December.

I got it uncrated and up on the stand to start inspecting it closer. Turns out the paint job was crap, lots of areas were missed and there was overspray on parts of it.

I ended up going back to them and showing them the pictures. They agreed that it was less than ideal and ended up sending me a full can of paint to take care of the problem areas.

Next I had to move on to the core return block. I ended up using the one that came out of Jo since it was already assembled. Once I got the timing cover off, I soon had my explanation for the timing being off so much. The chain was incredibly lose…

Boxed up and ready to head back.

January 2020

Time to kick it in to gear on the cab. I need to have it ready for the paint guy by the end of January. So the first weekend was spent pulling out all of the glass. It went surprisingly well and I did not end up breaking anything.

This past weekend was spent starting panel repairs. First up are the floor pans. Whoever did this repair… it turned out to be a tin sheet riveted to the floor and covered in resin. There was tar sandwiched between the body and the plate. I suppose it worked since the rot didn’t spread. But it needs to go.

This week I’m working on getting the floor cut out, then welding in the new panels. Then moving on to the firewall to get all of those holes welding up.

So there we are, almost a year’s worth of updates in a single day.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:34 AM
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It seems as if the forum gods hate me, most of my page 1 posts are corrupt and missing lots of info.
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:23 AM
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Hm. (post 1)

You have done amazing work here! I have your youtube links open in new tabs and am looking forward to watching them.

He only works on movie cars?!?! THAT is SUPER COOL!!!! $5K for a paint job?!? That is a STEALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! Your bed looks pretty darn good! I assume you were posting those pics thinking they were terrible but I have seen MUCH worse!

So glad I subscribed to this thread! It is really fun to watch!
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Old 01-26-2020, 01:24 AM
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I feel like I've seen you somewhere before...

Build looks good so far. Reminds me of mine, except mine was done under a big oak tree and was fueled mainly by insanity and alcohol! (Yours looks a lot better)

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Old 01-26-2020, 08:31 AM
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FWIW. I searched around for AC vents/louvers...finally got some good ones from a board member (Thx). Shortly after that I came across a post that led me to the site linked below. They're used in Peterbilt @ $5.99 each. Would have to paint/dye the faux chrome, but that's easy.
J10 - Body channel (3 inch drop @ front); dechromed; shaved side parking lights, antenna, and hood trim bar. Ford mirrors, roll pans, side exhaust, 16 inch wheels, custom dash, new interior, Edelbrocked 360, HEI, T18/208 (J20), rear disk brakes, goose neck and bumper hitches.
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