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Old 10-03-2020, 06:33 PM   #1
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drivabeater 4.0 the truck i should have built last time

Budget first:

truck: 1200
front brake pads: 29.99
drop shocks, clear headlights, springs, spare rotors, etc: free
glove box:14.15
instrument bezel: 19.61
ash tray and sockets: 12.58
trim panel under dash: 13.06
bumper: 51.93
trailer hitch and 7 pin connector: 37.21
factory trans cooler and lines: 27.25
rockauto order (4 tie rods, lower ball joints. Pitman, idler, plugs, cap and rotor, idler bracket, antenna bezels: 235.21
turn signal switch: 39.99
mirrors: 55.50
fuel filter: 4.99
trans filter: had.
Plug wires: had
fog lights and wiring harness: had
various bulbs: had
oil filter: had
ATF/oil/gear lube: not counting it, because I dont want to. But, not much! Had the gear oil already.

total to date: 1741.47

so, its time to do a real deal build thread post on this truck. Instead of haphazard comments and incoherent ramblings.

The story starts like many others: I already have a cool truck. 95 silverado regular cab shortbed. My daughter, who is 11, has claimed this as her first car. Im ok with it. Its a savage title, high mileage, fully depreciated sport truck that is tired and needs some minor tlc.
20180530_075258 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

So I started truck shopping on craigslist and marketplace for an 09ish extended cab shortben half ton silverado. They are still commanding an insane price in my area. Figured id save for a while, or build a copart truck.

So I mentioned to my body-man buddy that does copart to keep his eyes open for one in black with a tan interior that could be put back together over the course of a couple years. We got to talking about why, when I had a good truck already, I would want to do that. The conversation progressed, and I explained it all to him. I also said that I had slight buyers remorse at not getting a fleetside extended cab version of my truck, as otherwise I had the perfect blend of utility and style.

Couple days later he sends me these pictures, telling me that he told the seller that I was buying this one for me. I could have strangled him. I had no idea it existed.
received_359717505041349 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
received_761625161071684 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
received_330317444832724 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

story was that the truck wass owned by a old coworker of his from 20 years ago. It had been in this part of NC all its life, had 136k, 5.7 4l60e, 2wd. Been parked a couple of years, and $1200. supposedly able to be driven home.

So, I didnt kill him instantly, cause that sounded like a pretty good deal! I agreed to go look at it, with the full understanding that I would throw him under the bus if I chose not to buy it.

When we got there, these two younger, very heavyset girls were trying to get the door open. Apparently, someone came to test drive the truck a month or two ago, and locked the keys inside. They were the only set, and sitting plain as day on the seat. My buddy and I took over getting into the locked truck (we've had more practice. No further comment) while the girls cleaned out the toolbox and bed. They filled a curbside trashcan from the bed, and a contractor trashcan as well. With garbage and unwanted stuff. Another contractor can with stuff they wanted to keep.
When we managed to break in and get the keys, they filled another curbside can of garbage and made a not insignificant pile of keep. This cleared enough room I was willing to test drive it. The truck fired up with no issue after being parked for a month or two, blowing a little oil smoke that cleared up pretty quick. I went for a test drive, noted that the front end was loose, AC inop, violent brake shake and no pedal to speak of, and a hard shifting trans. But truck ran strong, 1t was straight, the fluid dint smell burned, etc. I bought it, as brother Dustin told me he'd buy it if didn't. Worst case, Dustin buys it from me at break even was my thought. The girls finished filling the last trashcan they had while we did title work and paid. Apparently the girls were the owners daughter and her best friend, and the daughter was the last caretaker of the truck, so dad made it her problem to clean out. Cant say I blame him.

They claimed the truck has a shift kit, and they used to pull heavy trailers with it. There's an aftermarket cooler and extra large radiator, so maybe. Also, there was a master cylinder core in the back, and some other evidence of someone chasing brake issues.

we finished the transaction, stopped at the first gas station to clean the windshield, put 10 gallons of fresh gas in it, and shovel out more trash. These are the gas station pictures.
20200829_170710 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200829_170719 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200829_170722 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200829_170729 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200829_170736 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

we got it home, and parked it next to my red truck so they could get acquainted. I also killed a few wasp nests, and mostly filled the green can from stuff from under the seats and in the bed. I pulled the gm rubber floor mats to clean them, and get the trash from under them. Just staggering....
20200831_091631 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

next stop was to get the first layer of filth off. Started by removing the toolbox and bed rail caps. Then went to the local full service car wash and spent $28 worth of the good money. They washed it, vacuumed it, cleaned the windows, etc. its not clean. Not even close. Hell, the roof is still mostly black. But, its clean enough to clean and work on! Except their undercarriage wash that I paid extra for didn't do a damn thing on all the mud and filth underneath from the trucks years of living on that rutted, red dirt road to the trailer a mile in....
20200902_125700 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200902_125706 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

took it down to dads after this. Its too long to fit in my shop, and I didn't feel comfortable working in the gravel for an unknown length of time with the truck on jackstands. Just have visions of it sinking and falling.

Anyway, we decided that the violent brake shake was multiple issues. Drums out of round, warped rotors, and badly worn steering linkage.

Step one was the get the spinny bits round again. Turned both drums and both rotors on the brake lathe at my friendly local parts store. The drums were really bad. Like oval bad. Rotor was slight. Other rotor was fine!
20200904_103557 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

Went ahead and bought fresh pads for thoroughness sake. We greased the slides for the front calipers that had probably never been greased, cleaned and repacked bearings, etc.
the brake shake was gone! Pedal steel feels like crap though. Plan is to adjust and re-lube and double check everything, bleed the brakes for fresh fluid, and see what I think. I believe I will ultimately do the gmt800 master swap like I did on the stepside.

So, next stop was parts procurement. Needed to go to the junkyard anyway, so I figured id shop for the new truck while there. But before that, I met up with Brett, whom I had given my leftovers from the stepside to. He used what he needed, sold his truck, and gave me back what was left. Spare brake rotors, lowering springs, headlights and turn signals, etc. all good stuff! My junkyard run netted me a good suburban bumper and trailer hitch (spoiler: suburban don't fit truck), factory trans cooler, gauge bezel, glovebox, knee panel, ash tray, etc. not safety related at all, but stuff to make the truck much nicer.
20200908_134500 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200908_134507 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
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after we did the brakes, I brought it back to my house to do basics like get it registered and inspected, etc.
so obviously, that ACTUALLY meant make it nicer by doing unnecessary stuff instead of fixing whats broken that relates to safety or reliability.

First up was more cleaning. With superclean and a pressure washer. The underside picture on the lift is out of order, but a good example. Thing cleaned up reasonably well! I'm not sure what the gray damage is on the black plastics. The texture of the plastic is actually different in those spots. I'm thinking acid or something ate into it at some point in its life. Ill probably not worry about it. Probably.
20200910_070312 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200919_092652 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

then, I moved on to the back bumper. The old one was pretty mangled.
20200911_161305 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200911_172054 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

suburban one bolted right up. I did adjust it better later....
20200911_172039 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

moved on to the nasty ass interior next. Mostly to get the fragile interior plastics put in their home. The first thing I tackled was the broken glove box. Now, the tan parts I got from the 99/00 Yukon at the junkyard are a different shade of tan. Very obvious. Also, the glovebox outer cover was in worse shape than mine. So I took two, used the best parts of both, and made a good glovebox. I peeled the Yukon RPO label off the box, and used my bandsaw to cut the RPO codes off the original glovebox so I wouldn't lose them.

20200913_083845 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200913_083849 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

moved on to cleaning ac vents, installing non broken pieces, etc. cleaning parts as I go. I did successfully break my turn signal switch though! Score one for captain hamfist...
20200913_095503 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200913_080201 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200913_080149 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

in the process, I failed to figure out how to adjust the ignition switch and shifter to work better for the column lock out. To turn the key to the lock position always requires juggling the shifter. Hopefully its obvious once I pull the turn signal assembly I broke.

Lastly for this post, I grabbed new power mirrors from amazon. The passengers was completely FUBAR, and it was just as cheap to buy two.
20200914_111119 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

dad and I started in yesterday. Got all the steering linkage replaced with fresh (pitman, idler, idler bracket, all four tie rod ends), oil changed, and everything greased. Next is trans service and factory cooler install.
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:23 PM   #2
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Re: drivabeater 4.0 the truck i should have built last time

previously: 1741.47

new stuff:
returned trailer hitch and socket, trans cooler and lines. -64.46
correct hitch, front tow hooks, gmt800 master cyl: 15.00
power mirror switch: 14.99 amazon
stereo adapter harness 3.98
stereo dash kit: 4.99 pullapart
blaupunkt Tennessee stereo: free
belltech 4 inch rear drop kit: 161.30
inner door handles autex from amazon: 19.69
infinity reference speakers: had
door sound deadening: had
used belltech spindles: 50
15x8 truck rallys and center caps: 50
new chrome grille/lights 100
overhead console form a blazer: 22.96

new total 2119.92

so, ive been busy! Well, not very busy, but busy enough I guess. I like this truck, and its all been fairly simple maintenance and repairs so far, with a little fun stuff thrown in. because I like fun stuff.

Anyway, when we left off last time, dad and I had done the steering linkage and given the truck a good once over. I didn't have a picture, so I took a crappy one to make up for that.
20200925_180506 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

I went ahead and changed the rest of the fluids and filters. I had planned while the trans pan was down to replace the 1-2 accumulator due to hard shifting, but saw no appreciable wear or any issues with the one in the truck. So I left it alone, hoping fresh fluid would fix it. I also found that the used cooler and lines I picked up were not usable, so I returned them. Same with the suburban trailer hitch (hint: apparently the freaking frames are different! ) I eventually got the factory in radiator trans cooler hooked up and the hacked in aftermarket one out of the system. Unfortunately, none of this fixed the hard shifts. But it did give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. So I have that going for me.
20200925_180454 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

we also fluched the brake fluid, chenged the diff fluid, lubed all the hinges, greased all the zerk fittings. You know, normal maintenance.

When I brought it home, I went ahead to go after the broken passengers side door handle. I swear it worked when I bought it, but stopped. Anyway, ordered a nice pair from amazon, and cracked the filthy freaking doors open. I didnt take a before picture, but the nicotine and filth was appalling. The factory door speakers were surprisingly intact though! Regardless, I swapped them for a pair of infinity reference 6.5 speakers I pulled from a parts car. They are my favorite speakers of all time, and I try to put them in everything. I also have a pair of nice sounding 6.5 from a different parts car for the rear speakers if I ever dig that deep.
20200926_181058 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

so, I cleaned and lubed all the window mechanisms and latches, added some peel and seal sound deadening, replaced broken door panel fasteners, tightened loose fasteners, etc. just cleaning and maintenance, with replacing the broken handles and upgrading the speakers.
20200926_181839 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

I also cleaned up the door panels. Castrol superclean, a scrub brush, and a hose. Passengers side (done) vs drivers side (not). Both were done. Before re-installation. The difference was hard to photograph, but easy to see.
20200928_081050 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

went ahead and did the same stuff to the drivers door, in addition to replacing the dead power mirror switch.
20200928_132816 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

then moved on to the turn signal switch. Pulled the steering wheel and airbag, replaced the switch, and glued the column covers back together in the hops of making it better. No good picture of the switch, but you can mostly see it in the picture here. You can also see the funky and collapsed drivers seat. If anyone withing a reasonable drive if Charlotte NC has a tan 60/40 bench with armrest in good shape, please let me know. Reasonable is 5 hours each way.....
20200929_074931 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20200930_123116 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201003_185106 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

while I had it all apart, I went ahead and installed the free stereo my scrap guy gave me. Works really good! Grabbed the dash kit from the junkyard, the antenna adapter came with the stereo, and the wiring harness adapter was cheap on amazon. So, roughly $10 stereo upgrade!
20200928_132812 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

since were talking about interior stuff, I went ahead and grabbed the long console from a blazer. The DIC supposedly reads the data stream for instant MPG and stuff on the obd2 trucks. However, this one isn't obd2 yet. Eventually it will work properly when I swap an LS in. after the tbi dies.
20201001_115959 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

I also grabbed a proper hitch for a truck, instead of the suburban one that doesn't clear the bumper. It has a neat setup for wiring, and i'll show that when I utilize it. This came off a service body truck over at my scrap guys house.
20200930_080046 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

went ahead and did a tune up as well, since we did everything else. Somebody had put motorcraft platinum plugs in it. Dunno how that seemed like a good idea, but apparently it was at the time....
20201001_074728 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201001_073921 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201003_185146 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

lastly, I have made a plan and goal for the truck. Stock appearing, 2/4 drop on 15s, and black. I found this truck in a thread somewhere and it speaks to me. Its what I want to own.
Pic9913[1] by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

so, I worked out a trade. Beige bed for a straight black one, beige hood for a straight black one, and fix a honda for paint and body labor. I have a gallon of matrix black basecoat and good clear like I used on the neon on the shopping list for next week. This week, I got the belltech four inch drop parts (wifes birthday present to me!) and dropped off the bed with steve.
When I dropped it off, we noted that despite multiple rounds of undercarriage washing, this thing still look like a swamp truck. Also, the rear cab wall is pretty banged up.
20201003_151314 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201003_151319 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201003_185051 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

so, pressure washer. Again. For the umpteenth time.
20201003_153827 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201003_153833 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

next up, rear hangars install and frame paint, along with bodywork on the back of the cab. Im not looking forward to removing the rivets on this.....
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Old 10-04-2020, 06:55 AM   #3
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Re: drivabeater 4.0 the truck i should have built last time

Good looking truck after all your hard work. Amazing that people use their trucks for garbage bins. Yikes....You probably know this already....Several ways to remove rivets, Center punch and drill thru the center, then chisel off. Sawzall a + in the heads if you can get to them, chisel and punch....Grinder is my least favorite. Good progress on the Beater.
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Old 10-04-2020, 02:04 PM   #4
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If at all possible, I used a grinder and a thin cut off wheel,make a X on the rivit and air chisel them,will be watching,When I can get back down to S.C. I would love to work on my truck,stuck here in Canada till this covid crap blows over.
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Old 10-04-2020, 05:24 PM   #5
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Looks like you got to this rig just in time. We probably all leave off the cleaning for a while on our trucks from time to time, but 338.47 cubic meters of trash? That sounds more difficult to me than just throwing stuff away where it belongs. I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Helped you get a good deal on a truck, and you're breathing new life back into it. I always like to see that. I have come to terms with the idea that I'm like some people are with rescue dogs. That truck has been underappreciated for a long time, so I'm glad it gets to be a cool one now.
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Old 10-04-2020, 05:57 PM   #6
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Re: drivabeater 4.0 the truck i should have built last time

Thanks for the warm welcome back y'all.

The stepside is a great truck, that i brought back from the brink. This will hopefully be similar in its success.

My buddy the bodyman just left. He plans to be coming by this week off and on to begin preparing for paint. Filling flaws, scuffing, etc. This is not a bare metal show truck job. this will be a highly decent ten footer done in a gravel driveway.

Pretty excited, honestly.
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Old 10-24-2020, 07:45 PM   #7
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Previously: 2119.92

new stuff:
3m filler (75 a gallon, used 2/3) 50
high build primer gallon: 60 (to be prorated)
reducer: 30 (to be prorated)
gallon black base: 74 (to be prorated)
can rustoleum gloss black: 5.98
4x cans rustoleum semigloss black:17.94
rear sway bar: had
wiper motor pulse board: 25.99


new total: 2383.83

welcome to full blown snowball!

When we left off, I had the bed off and the pressure washer out.
Well, got that all cleaned up, and the frame painted. Took a bunch of spray cans, and honestly would have been easier and better with a brush. I learned this time.

Anyway, went ahead and did the belltech hangars and shackle kit. Way that I did it was to grind the heads off the rivets, grab my Georgia toothpick, pry the factory hangars off the rivets, grind rivets flush with frame, and drive the stub through. Was actually way less work that it sounds, and FAR easier than when I did the longbed with the bed on.
20201005_121057 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201005_163234 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

then, I chose to attack the bent cab wall. The dent was too deep to just fill, and I dont have a stud gun. Sheetmetal screw and slide hammer was an option, but I decided to get at it from the back. Measured the deepest parts of the dent from the window channel. Marked them on the glass in sharpie and tape. Pulled the rear cab wall plastic off, and used a hole saw to make some clearance at the marks.
20201007_092229 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

then, using an oak dowel, 3 lb hammer, and pry bars, I made it a heck of a lot better.
20201007_092237 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

used some old bondo from the shelf, some rustoleum rattle can primer and gloss black from the shelf, and got it good enough for being hidden by the bed.
20201009_120025 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201009_133554 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201009_134442 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

while doing something else, I tripped over the rear sway bar ive had since 2011. ive given it away twice, and its been given beck unused both times. I decided to finally use the freaking thing. I think its from a 2500 suburban, but don't hold me to it. Ive slept since then. The poly bushings I had in my suspension box, used. Muffler clamps were also on hand. So, 3 inch muffler clamps, poly bushings, a couple 5/16 bolts and nylocks, and done!
20201009_120023 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

got the black bed on, and noticed that a 3 inch rear drop really doesn't look like much on this truck. This truck is DOWNHILL of the red one, on a pretty significant slope.
20201010_175936 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201011_083404 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

went down to dads to do the carrier bearing spacer, trans spacer, and plasma cut the floor for clearance.
20201010_171420 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

on the way home from grabbing the bed, the wipers developed a mind of their own. Pulse board went bad. Grabbed one, and installed. Simple, even in the rain!
20201012_102953 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
since I cant seem to rive multicolored, in progress stuff, I decided to roll forward with paint and body. And do it ok enough to be proud of. Lots of filler work and hammer and dolly proceeded....
20201016_175854 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201018_082953 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

rust repair on the extended cab section. Decided that I wanted to try a glue in panel. Made a panel, glues in with jb weld. Sheetmetal screws as clamps.
20201020_093119 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201020_100241 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201021_172227 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr


finished up filler work, primed, blocked, and then shot with high build and guide coat
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the yellow tape is arts notes to me
20201022_175944 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

then, after a lot more blocking and spot putty and filler work and....
20201024_115708 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201024_142558 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201024_164237 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

will hopefully paint this week
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:35 PM   #9
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Previously: 2288.83


new:
window mounting buttons and screws, friendly chevy: 12.92
gallon sealer (48, used ) 12
8 quarts sprayable clear (140, used ) 70
amp wiring kit 24.95
third brake light 25.79
mtx amp had
mtx 10 inch sub and box in unknown condition: 10
MSD 6N box had
heddman headers, y pipe, cat, exhaust: 100
nifty stainless sill plates: free from scrap guy
self traded kenwood hd stereo from my race car for the free blaupunkt I had in here
self traded new stock tails from parts haul for aftermarket in stepside
hidden hitch, wiper cowl, and roll pan: free
new brake calipers: free

new total: 2544.49

left off with the truck in high build and guide coat. We used gallon of high build, gallon of reducer, and gallon of sealer. Then, 1/3 gallon base, and kit of clear coat. But, whole truck is black now. Art touched up a few spots for me that he didn't like, we sprayed high build and guide coat again, I blocked with 500 grit.
20201026_171143 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201026_122301 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

im going to take this opportunity to discuss making cheap paint look great. I know that most of us could, but wont, paint in their gravel driveway. Most guys will at least take it to maaco or earl shibe. Pay for the $299 special, or whatever it costs these days. Now, nothing wrong with that at all! But the thing to remember, with any paint job, is that the end result is all in the prep. Prep is more than just sanding. The biggest thing is the tape process. Most shops will tape off anything that isn't supposed to be painted. Every tape line is a place for chips, missed spots, etc. especially like this with a color change. For example, the door handles. You can see exactly where the tape and door handles were before I removed them, so you can see what would have been if we shot it like that. I promise you it was an eyesore waiting to happen. Pulling the parts also allows that edge to be sanded and cleaned properly.
20201030_101830 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

another thing this disassembly before paint does is allow for a good cleaning. Again, prep. Behind the handles, mirrors, and weatherstipping was filthy on this, and it was better than others we've done. I prefer, as a final step before taping up to spray, to wash the vehicle a few times. I used scotchbrite pads and dawn dish soap and warm water and a hose. Every nook, cranny, edge, seam, cavity. Wash the wheel wells, the engine bay, everywhere. Take off everything you can that you don't want painted, do it again, and again. Then go for tape. We even pulled the extended cab glass to get a better job.
20201030_101912 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

I also try to jig up loose parts. Make it simpler for a good coverage with less screwing around by the painter. For this, I used spray paint can lids to sit the door handles on, and a piece of scrap plywood with holes drilled to stand the mirrors up on. Sat these on a sawhorse. Sat the hood, tailgate, and front bumper filler on body sawhorses.
20201031_084825 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201031_140109 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

when it comes time to tape up, make every effort to reduce and eliminate areas that the dried paint particles can collect and become dust that gets blown back into the paint. We tend to do the engine bay in a wrap of plastic for this reason. We also, make sure to fully tape every edge, and avoid wrinkles.
20201030_121852 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201030_121905 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

up next was a coat of sealer.
20201030_122035 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

then, black!
20201030_163432 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

we had a bunch of trouble with the initial base coats. So, we stopped. Wetsanded out the issues, and redid it the next morning when conditions and tempers were better. A few heavy coats of base, followed by a few heavy coats of clear.
20201031_090004 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
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20201031_142813 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

waited for it to dry enough, and pulled it under the carport to cure for the night
20201031_155702 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

next, I put the tailgate on to keep it out of harms way. Best place for it. I also stole the nifty aftermarket taillights from the stepside to put in new stock stuff.
20201101_153409 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

im going to break from paint and body for a second. During the first round of basecoat spraying, when everything went wrong, stampie brought the miata back to me from the challenge, along with a truckload of parts. I was not expecting a lot of what showed up, to be honest. The drop spindles came with refreshed upper and lower control arms attached, along with calipers and rotors. The headlights lights came in boxes that also had brand new front calipers, new stock tail lights, wiring pigtails, etc. the headers and exhaust were as expected if not way better than anticipated for the $100 investment, and 759rng brought me a fiberglass roll pan, hidden hitch, wiper cowl, and some part I cant identify. Waaay more stuff than I expected, and ALL of it will get used between the two trucks.
20201030_160740 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

20201030_160753 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201030_160757 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

anyway, back to paint and body.

When we got it untaped, I wanted to finish up the jambs and such before reassembly. Every paint job ive done has gotten overspray into the jambs no matter what ive tried. So ive resigned myself to refinishing jambs. On this one, I used rattle cans to go from tan to black. Taped the bejeeus out of everything, prep with scotchbrite, wipe down with wax and grease remover, shoot.
20201102_105049 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201102_105055 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

I did the wiper cavity and engine bay jambs as well, but no pictures.
I also did a refresh of the window rubbers. A trick ive learned is to wipe clean with lacquer thinner, let dry. Then, use the kiwi edge and sole stuff in the sponge applicator. Works well for a long time.
20201101_073149 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

during removal of the rear windows, I had to drill out two of the retainers. Picked them up at the local chevy dealer. Went ahead and reinstalled the bumpers, freshly painted side mirrors, freshly painted door handles, re-polished sill plates I got from the scrap guy, the tailgate emblem, and the painted trailer hitch.
20201102_105039 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201103_175418 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201104_080951 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
I spent an insane amount of time taping up and painting the new grille. But it, with the factory emblem shot in black, and the new lights, turned out pretty awesome. Need to adjust the lights, black out the side marker bulb plugs, do the four high mod, and repaint the AC condenser and core support. But, I really, really like it.
20201102_105035 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

before we put the painted hood on (traded the bent and rusty stock to the scrap guy for a black one to repaint) I went ahead and fixed more fire damage, loomed up the plug wires, mounted the MSD box and ran the power wire for the amp. I also pulled out the trailer brake wiring from the loom, and gave things a once over. The TBI needs rebuilt badly, grounds need cleaned, vacuum lines need freshened. I also deleted the failed closed flapper door in the intake snorkel. Step at a time.
20201108_084721 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201108_084747 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr

got the new hood on, and realized we forgot to paint the filler door. Again. But, the thing is back together! I drove it around! And it looks fairly OK. Soon, will be better with the new wheels, and a touch lower. And window tint. But, still.
20201108_104037 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201108_104042 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201108_104052 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201108_104104 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201108_104112 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
20201108_104133 by Michael Crawford, on Flickr
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Re: drivabeater 4.0 the truck i should have built last time

Truck looks good!
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Thanks! Im REALLY digging it. Looks almost as good in person as it does in pictures, and is getting close to what i had in my head as a goal.
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