Monday, August 25, 2008

Stripping AND! Sanding

There is rust at the bottom of the windshield which we need to weld, and to see the extent of the damage, so we used "aircraft stripper" to remove all of the paint on the panel near the rusted areas.
I do not currently have photos, but I'll add some soon.

Also, we sanded the tailgate with the new air compressor and air sander! How exciting! Then we "Marine Clean"ed it, and "Metal Ready"d it, and hung the tailgate by bunjee cords so we could spray it all at once with "self-etch primer" in light gray.

A few days previous to all this, I "Por 15"ed the bumper (covered in rust) and a few other patches here and there on the car that also needed some rust-preventative love.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Bought a big jug o' Simple Green yesterday and used most of it today!

Cleaned out the engine compartment with the SimpleG, and isn't it shiny now?

Also, I sprayed off the bottom of the car+wheel wells (with a pressure nozzle on the garden hose) to get rid of spiders and dirt, and so we could better conduct a rust survey for the underbody of the truck.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


Visited the DMV a couple days ago to begin sorting out the Registration and Title transfer.

The man who helped me said I should conduct a Lien Sale. This is getting complicated.

More Out... Can You Believe It?

Fuel Lines
Bumper (Front, as there was no Rear)
Power Steering Hoses/Pump/Computer
Heater Core/Fan/Motor (this had siezed, so my handy dad took it apart, which took some doing, and put it back together so it is now in full working-operation)
Gas cover
Gas cap
Gas filling tube
A Heat Shield (from under the cab)
All Carpeting

The air sander arrived the other day, so now where's the new air compressor?!       [Link active as of Aug.10.08]

And I started sanding some of the surface rust a little. I learned what it meant to 'feather' the sanding (I am learning a lot, go ahead and laugh if you want.)

Finally we will begin the restoration!