Like you say about the work you hate Oily, if you were working for someone else you'd be dragging your feet, but when your doing it for yourself you just keep on keeping on!! It looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel though big guy. Your getting closer to that paint, and before you know it----test drive!! YaaaaaHoooooo!!
Post by oilleaker1 on Dec 13, 2017 19:20:13 GMT -5
As always, it takes 3 times longer than you think to do restoration work. I'm learning as I go again. When the hood hinges, fender bolts, grill mount, all have slotted adjustments, rubber spacers, you enter a realm that all must work together to achieve the desired results.
The body man next door taught me to always install or tape in place the new rubber strips and bumps while fitting. I did. So, the key to fitting a front clip is to make the hood fit all. Even gaps, and spaces is your clue. It's quite involved and I literally took notes on hoe to pre adjust things when re-fitting with new paint.
You might as well do it right with the cost of that paint. It's just crazy.
It will be a bit before pictures. Remember, I have to take it all back apart--------------AGAIN!
Post by oilleaker1 on Dec 14, 2017 19:53:09 GMT -5
I've now discovered that even the same type spotlight, does not mean the mounts or bezel is the same. It also had different swivel parts, so I'm welding up screw holes and re-drilling. Another reason to test fit my friends. It is so cool that I get all excited when test fitting it. It will snazz up the front allot.
The two post antenna fit perfect. I found that the original front fenders were never fitted correctly. Again test fit or suffer.
The front clip is now fitted and the hood snaps shut perfect. New chrome bumper with test fit valance. Once done with the spotlight, doors are next. One day at a time.
Post by oilleaker1 on Dec 24, 2017 12:15:34 GMT -5
I finally got the spotlight fitted back in the original hole made by the previous owner. The new spotlight is the same manufacturer, but had a different base that screws to the outer skin. I had to weld up 4 different holes and grind them flat. Then re-drill. All the cab,fenders, grill, front valance, and doors needed extensive metal work. Today I discovered when I installed the doors that the door pull, check straps, had tweeked the bracket outwards and held the doors from totally shutting. So, they got tweeked back into position. The radio antenna fit perfect. I had rust holes to deal with on the bottoms of both doors. I will use epoxy primer sealer and paint the door bottoms inside, and the lower cowl insides with a brush. You can not spray in those places, no clear shot to do it. All in all, I'm now happy with things. Time to come back apart, put my brain on the shelf, and begin the filling , blocking, and tweeking the surfaces of every square inch. Then prime with sandable catalized primer, and block again and again. Pure pain and filth.
You all may now relax and know that I'm working on it. I still go and look at the Scout-------LOL. You will not see much of a difference until it's painted. That's when it pops and shock and awe sets in.
Thanks to Muley for his picture posting. I'll give him a rest unless something cool comes to the forefront. Oilly
Go ahead, I saw nothing offensive in the 4 pages. Might as well start a place for all to converse. Good technical builds are always great to read about and share. Sometimes someone that appreciates it will have their own parts/tech. to offer. I learn much doing this. Oilly
So far, two full days doing bodywork on just the hood. Amazing what you find when you get to it. "Leveling compound". "Cave it and pave it". Beauty is only paint deep. She'll be Haze Grey and Underway. I'll be putting in some "Kubota Time". Now if it was only painted.