Well, since my wife and I just completed a 400 kilometer bike ride from
Banff to Jasper and experienced nothing but phenomenal service and politeness
from virtually everyone we encountered. So, I feel a little obligated (just
kidding) to give you some advice.
I started my '54 9 years ago with virtually the same perspective and intent
that you have - take one piece off at a time, work on it and then someday
I'll have it all put back together. As I started taking off that "one"
piece, it was real easy to take off the next one and so on down the line.
Eventually, I ended up doing a complete frame off replace every nut, bolt,
wire, hose, on the entire truck. Mind you, I'm not complaining nor do I
have any regrets about it, but it did end up being a much more signficant
process that originally planned.
I stripped each part - some I did myself with a chemical stripper, and some
I had professionally done with what is called "mineral blasting." Then I
had them put a primer on it (or in some cases I primed the part), and then
eventually ended up sending the pieces to a body and paint shop who did
the rest of the work including putting most of the truck back together.
I did the chassis and that engine, electrical and put on all the accessories
- gauges, pedals, bumpers, bed wood, lights, etc., but they put the main
body parts on so as not to scratch and to have properly fitted, etc. I
towed the chassis and engine (installed) up to them once the body was done.
Probably the only mistake I made was by not having the same shop do the
stripping and priming and at the same time that I had the body work done.
It caused some duplicate efforts to occur which of course costs money.
At the time when i sent the body parts out for stripping and priming, I
was planning on doing all the body work myself. My money situation changed
a little and my time became more and more limited so sending it out was
a pretty manageable step for me.
Now that all is said and done, I ended up with pretty much of a show truck,
but one that I feel I did a lot of work on (tho not all of it) and can be
proud of. The truck if far nicer than I ever planned but I am comfortable
driving it around.
There are a lot of books around, but the first one I recommend you read
is called, "How to Restore Your Chevrolet Truck," by Tom Brownell. He goes
through a lot of good stuff.
Hope this has been helpful. Let me know if you'd like me to send a picture
of my truck, I'd be happy to.
'54 Chevy 3100
>-- Original Message --
>From: "Alain Leclerc" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Subject: [oletrucks] First time body work
>Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2003 08:11:43 -0500
>Reply-To: "Alain Leclerc" <email@example.com>
>So this weekend I'm gonna start to take the body apart one piece at a time
>to begin the body-work. I have no idea what i am doing. What will i need
>to do this? Which tools? Grits? I intend to start sanding the rear
>fenders first, kinda using them as my practice pieces. Any tips are greatly
>appreciated. I've heard I am to put the piece in primer as soon as it
>sanded... is this correct? Am I out of my league here? Professional work
>only? This will not be a show-truck. I have access to a small shop with
>most every tools. No sandblaster. ANY help apprecated.
>'56 Chevy 1300
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