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C30 custom build

Discussion in '2wd Pick-Ups C/R 20 2500 C/R 30 3500' started by BigDaddy72, Jul 26, 2020.

  1. BigDaddy72

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    Boy do I wish you lived closer or visa Versa too!!

    I could use some skilled instruction and hands on instruction regarding body work and paint. (I’m a gotta see it done and then do it to get it right kinda guy)

    I’ve just always kinda struggled through, with mediocre results and a ton of time to get them!!:(:mad::D
     
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    @BigDaddy72 I hear you there, that is how I also learned! A friend of mine, his dad has been a Hot Rodder since his teen years, so I learned how to do bodywork from him, and painting too.

    I do a lot by hand with sanding blocks, I use a 6", and 12". I have a 12 pneumatic sander too when I really need to do some heavy cutting however. I use the DA sander when I can for a lot of finish work.

    One trick he taught me was ALWAYS run these flat block sanders at 30 degree angles in all directions (like an X pattern) and work your way down the car. On this vette such as on the fender flared wheel well area I actually had to run my flat block on its edges at 30 degrees to get it to cut right and not hurt the body lines. A couple other spots required this too.

    That Vette I mentioned is a '73, not a 76. Here are some pictures of it. Not trying to hijack your thread here either! If this post should be moved please let me know and I will ask a moderator to remove it!

    Here is what I had to work with, you can see the little flat block it took to sand this whole car..you can also see all the different layers & spots requiring work. This baby was rough.

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    The top edge of the fenders body line I had to use the flat block on its side too, otherwise the body edge would get cut & flattened.

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    The rear end of this also required a ton of work. I can't count how many hours just this rear end took to do. Had to do some minor tweaking on that white metal panel to get it to fit just right also. You can see the sanding block in this pic too. The hard plastic ones are the ones I find that work the best, they cut high spots and you can see/feel low spots.

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    Into our makeshift booth she goes! This is just the primer/sealer coat I put on it. Did it in black because the multiple layers of filler primer I wanted to see lay down really nice on the first dust coat and the 2nd heavy coat I applied.


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    This is the filler primer step, after this we removed the car from the booth, I sanded it all back down, then back into the booth for more filler primer, then back out for more sanding, then back in for more filler primer...and more sanding!

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    The final paint job on it, done in "Hot Rod Black" which has a suede finish to it, super cool look on this car. I was not happy how it turned out after the few coats of this paint were put on it (had a minor run on lower right fender, and a couple fish-eyes on front fender). So back to sanding I went, and squirted it again, then she turned out better than I could have wanted!!

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    Here is the finished car. Quite the mean machine.


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    Very nice same color as my 55.
     
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    I really do like that color! Just a neat finish.
     
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    Well as many of you know we are doing several builds at one time. Man sometimes I feel like a real moron lol!!

    We did however manage to get one of the new ebrake cables in and actually tighten up a brake line and torque down the backing plate today.

    Have you ever felt like you had all irons and little to no fire??

    That’s why I’m a moron.. ha ha!!

    Oh well I guess I’m in a hole I’m just gonna have to dig myself out of!!
     
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    DDE4E70F-9269-47EA-962B-CA889D6C381C.jpeg The I know this is against the laws of nature but this is one we have been working on for my buddy’s brother. It’s the one that I built the 398 351w stroker for.
     
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    My Grandpa had a '70 F-250 with the same color combo.
     
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    Nice truck!
     
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    I can make you feel good about your projects. All I have to do is list off all the irons I have in my fire and say how long I've been 'working' on them and getting basically nothing done. AND I'm still trying to bag one or two more, lol. I'm the idiot.
     
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    .....NO you're the ADDICT!!!!!
     
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    Ya we kinda have the tendency to take on wwwaaaayyyy more than we can handle lol!!
     
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    Yes, I keep thinking I'm a lot younger than I really am, so I can keep on doing the things I used to do. It DOESN'T work like that any more!!!
     
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    721A022B-1FB0-4C3F-9C5D-689A9D01A0C4.jpeg 02E49D49-B269-4871-8CD9-33ABF4E9606A.jpeg Well not much progress this week but we did get the backing plates mounted, brake lines on, drums and axels in.

    It’s official the air bags don’t fit!

    So next will be fabbing the mounts to get em on the inside.
     
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