Happy New Year guys! The work on the truck is continuing through the winter months; I’ve got the rear suspension very close and the motor can be put back together while staying warm in the shop. Some shots of the rear spring restoration:
After media blasting the leafs look a ton better although pitted considerably due to 50 years of weather and moisture.
Time for paint prep:
For final paint on these I chose the POR 15 Gloss Black. These leaf packs will be primarily out of the sun, but you may want to do a top coat afterwards that has a UV protectant. These POR15 paints are great at stopping the rusting process, but do fade and milky in color in the sun.
Above, you can see that where the top coat of paint had run under-neath to the other side, the second coat looked very shiny, but where the second coat (back side showing) was on bare metal, it was more flat in finish… weird. I had to do another coat on this back side to get the right and consistent finish.
Next is putting all this back on the truck… Take care guys, Clay
Update on the Truck guys. I’ve decided to finish the bottom of the cab as well as the interior of the cab to like new. This will rid the truck of 90% of it’s rust with only the small bit of rust in the front of the bed floor left (I can get that when I finish the bed). I recently worked on the truck in some awesome December weather where I was able to push the truck out into the yard beside my shop and sand blast the bottom of the cab. We simply unbolted it from the frame (after it was gutted of everything) and tilted it back on the frame revealing the bottom. Sandblasting uncovered a little more rust and damage than I had first expected, but it’s not that bad.
Let the cutting and welding begin! I’ll give a couple of updates along the way where I’m cutting and welding in patch panels. Stay tuned!
I’ve started a series now on my Youtube channel for the ’67 F100 restoration and modifications. This video picks up where the front clip is now off the truck and I’m removing the old twin I-beam suspension.
I’ll be adding my videos of the 1967 F100 Pickup truck restoration to this dedicated “Ford Truck” page. The videos start with the introduction to this project and the truck. A walk around and notes about the condition, originality and options on the truck.
This past weekend we went to a little car show and had a lot of fun. The folks were very nice and interested in my truck. Many of the folks there had experience rebuilding and restoring these trucks so the conversations were many. I’ll be going back – they meet up every Saturday night weather permitting. My wife was following me back home after dark and snapped this photo – Me and my youngest son. I thought it was a good pic… 🙂