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Old 04-04-2008
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way to go D looking good as usual if i dont have to woprk this weekend i might ride up if ur not busy.
Saturday I have a ' Firm Meeting '. Sunday, I'm free :) . Hopefully I can sleep in ( hint! ) Gimme a ring.
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I'm going to .. Hmm.. TRY and be nice here ( were friends, right? )

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A couple comments for ya D.

Nice welds!
Thanks!

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You could have taken that Cobra easy; they can't take turns either.
Not my turf in Centralia. I really wouldn't have wanted to hit ANY turns. I wasn't lowered at all back then.

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Roll on bedlinings suck; remember my yellow EDGE bed?
You think YOURS was bad, you should have seen Dave's ( dave01978 ). It was peeling off!

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Keep on keeping on, I am planning a Cobra or a Lightning purchase soon.
Hmm.. HOPEFULLY it will fair better then that SVT focus you had.

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People think we just ***** moan and post garbage. I work on my truck too, I just don't think anybody here cares about me restoring my GEN1 B2
I'd like to have one of those. Bigblock/dyers/C6 combo! Loads of potential!
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Whew D. that was a killer set of beads dude. What kind of rims are you planning on using? Most guys that I know that can weld very very well have been doing it for years and years, and yet you just take a few lessons and have beads looking like those guys that I mentioned earlier. Nice job man. Now if you can learn how to do Tig welding you'll be in extreme demand. Not too many guys can do tig welding and others are too intimidated to even try.
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Old 04-05-2008
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Whew D. that was a killer set of beads dude.
Those are actually ' better then normal '. I'm selective with the pics on those I won't post all the ' failures ' with holes in 1/4 inch steel and stuff.

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What kind of rims are you planning on using?
My same 2003 Terminator/Cobra wheels. 17x9 on all 4 corners. 255/55/17 tires.

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Most guys that I know that can weld very very well have been doing it for years and years, and yet you just take a few lessons and have beads looking like those guys that I mentioned earlier. Nice job man. Now if you can learn how to do Tig welding you'll be in extreme demand.
Tig is neat. I love the electrode sound. I'm best with a stick, then tig, then mig.

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Not too many guys can do tig welding and others are too intimidated to even try.
I soldered for a long time, pcb boards and digital logic controllers ( many moons ago ). Tig is NOT that hard ( for me ).
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Looking good, but those beads look cold... try and turn it up and see what she does
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Old 04-06-2008
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Had some help today. Dave/FMD Stopped by. He might have some pics as well. Rear suspension is out. Axle, traction bars and sway bar parts were all sandblasted and had a light coat of rattle-can tossed at them to prevent rusting. I Just ordered a nice differential cover/girdle kit and should be assembling the rear axle this coming weekend AFTER I coat the axle with something.. I need to find RED Bedliner, that would make a GREAT covering for that axle to prevent it from being trashed. I dunno who makes it tho.







My jackstands weren't quite high enough so I took some lengths of that 2x3 angleiron and welded together a small ' frame stand '. It worked GREAT! Held the **** end up fine while we ripped everything out.

A question I do have.. can 4x4's use a 2x4 sway-bar setup? The factory-type sways that Hillbank was selling is ' ok ' but its overkill with my panhard type setup and won't be needed with what I'm doing. I think it would work nice on Daves truck if it will work ( for helping me out , lettin me use his blasting equipment. ).

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Old 04-07-2008
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pm sent on bumper, looking good man.
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Lookn good man! I wish I could drive up there and see it in person! Always amazing what guys can do with tools and a second daily driver. I dont think my truck would ever be driveable if I had another car to scoot around in.

Awesome work man!
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look how retarded these tires look:




D.'s new work bench















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who was in the sandblasting suit? looks like you can see the face in one of those pictures, but it doesn't look like either you or D
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who was in the sandblasting suit? looks like you can see the face in one of those pictures, but it doesn't look like either you or D
That would be I, the super blaster, all covered in ' black beauty ' sand.. itching and scratching after 3 showers later!

When you coming to get this bumper or will I need to have shawna take it home with her so you can grab it in Rottenchester?
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ummm, what is going on next weekend (april 19th)? i may be able to swing out there in the morning time (10 or so) and pick it up, or if you need it gone before then give it to shawna and i can scoop it from her when she is at work, if that is ok with her.
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Hi D. Looks like your project is coming along fine. Here's a web link you might be extremely interested in: www.usbody.com . What did you think of that bead blaster? pretty kool tool aint it. The after effect of using it is terrible though.
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I had a dent in the bed above my gas cap where I backed into the truck with my Quad.

SO, I decided to buy this neat tool. It ' welds ' on a copper pin so a slide-hammer can be used to pull the dent out without having to drill a hole.

It was a downpour most of the day here so I couldn't work outside :( So.. I worked in the garage/shop.

I've also decided to go with Dupont Imron paint. I picked up the primer and the ' activator ' for it today. It was 60$ ( for both ). Gives a full quart ( shouldn't need more then that to do a whole truck.

Their looking into the color charts to mix the color I want for final paint. :) . Everyone keeps saying to keep it all SonicBlue, but I'm sick of that color


Pics from dent pulling..







This thing is going to be clean enough to eat off of by the time I'm done.
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lol so what color?

looks good man. getting into body shop work? lol
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i hope it's the pink color...
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D, could you PM me the info on your dent puller? That's the sort of thing I could use for the myriad of dents my Bronco has :(
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I had a dent in the bed above my gas cap where I backed into the truck with my Quad.

SO, I decided to buy this neat tool. It ' welds ' on a copper pin so a slide-hammer can be used to pull the dent out without having to drill a hole.

It was a downpour most of the day here so I couldn't work outside :( So.. I worked in the garage/shop.

I've also decided to go with Dupont Imron paint. I picked up the primer and the ' activator ' for it today. It was 60$ ( for both ). Gives a full quart ( shouldn't need more then that to do a whole truck.

Their looking into the color charts to mix the color I want for final paint. :) . Everyone keeps saying to keep it all SonicBlue, but I'm sick of that color


Pics from dent pulling..







This thing is going to be clean enough to eat off of by the time I'm done.
Kool. What color are you going to paint it? I am going with House of Kolor Kandy's. Cobalt blue base coat with a high metal flake, with a Kandied Black topcoat myself. My hat is off to you man. Dupont does have some killer paint. And I know what you mean about looking at the same color deal myself. After so long it gets boring, bland, plain to you. I'm the same way myself.
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lol so what color?
Dunno yet ( I'm not good at lying am I? ).

You already know what color its going to be. Christian photo-chopped it almost 2-3+ years ago.

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looks good man. getting into body shop work? lol
Umm.. NOPE. I just saw what it would cost to have someone else fix all the dents and dings and thought I could do it myself cheaper and have the tools and spare cash left over afterwards instead.

The welder/rivet gun with a bunch of the copper rivets was under 100$ at Harbor Freight. I TRIED to find one from Miller/Lincoln but they had NO offerings that I could find.

Im doing this all metal, as little bondo as possible. If theres a small ding, I fill it with .023 wire on a low voltage. It takes time, but I want this done right.
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D, could you PM me the info on your dent puller? That's the sort of thing I could use for the myriad of dents my Bronco has :(
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=8878

Thats the link to the one I bought at a local store. Its a ' Chicago Electric ' but states ' Made in China ' on it.

The only thing I can offer about it.. Have someone else there WATCHING the person using the gun. You can;t really see the rivet being welded on and you can EASILY burn through the panel your trying to stick the rivet on.. thus requiring a hole to be filled and making it no better then a traditional dent-puller job.

The Copper rivets come off easy enough though. A pair of diagonal cutters and a little force takes the pins right off after they are done being used.
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Kool. best of luck D.
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Did some more ' work ' today. I learned a few things about painting with an air setup.. much different from a rattle-can.

I ask.. ' What flare holes? ', ' What crease above the gas filler cap? '.















I'd like to offer a great ' Thanks ' to FMD for the loan of those heavy canvas tarps and plastics to cover everything.

I should be spraying the bed its main color this weekend. Dupont Imron paint and primers rock!

I can't wait to have this all together. I'm motivated now so.. things should start moving along more rapidly. I'm gettin real itchy to go stomp the F-out of some rice in big ways and theres NO WAY the Malibu can do it LOL!

I started boxing the rear frame and ran into some unforseen problems, but it should pan-out. I'll be working on that tomorrow after I pick up my mixed paint. They said it should be ready by 1pm.
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Looks good!
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Awesome, looks great.
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wow looks really good D, it's coming along nicely.

I can't wait to see that paint color on there...
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