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Old 10-25-2010, 11:32 AM   #1
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Project BACK IN BLACK

I took 3 weeks off before starting my new job last week, so I decided it was time to freshen up the daily driver. It was rusty as hell, the truck was full of bondo from a PO maaco job, and paint was peeling off the hood/roof......it was in dire need of some TLC. So I had 15 days to thrash on it in my lil two car garage. I put new inner/outer cab corners and rockers, two new doors, new bed, several patches for rusty spots, new windshield, all new rubber, all new trim...yada yada...and then painted it satin black. I was pressed for time so didn't take a lot of pics, but here's what I took.

(before pics are a few yrs old & hide the rot really well):
























and.......DONE. Only thing left to do is spray in the bed liner, but I haven't decided who's materials I want to use yet. Hopefully get that done in a couple weeks. The bumpers look like hell now compared to the rest of the truck, so they'll get redone this spring when I tackle the interior refresh......and then the final touch will be some 15x10 corvette rallies. And maybe a tko 5 speed to replace the muncie. And maybe a lil nitrous. I'm sick. :|









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Old 10-25-2010, 12:18 PM   #2
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Re: Project BACK IN BLACK

Looks Good! you can use a "Mother's Powerball" on those bumpers to spice them up. They work really well.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:26 PM   #3
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Looks Good! you can use a "Mother's Powerball" on those bumpers to spice them up. They work really well.
Thanks! The bumpers are unfortunately beyond help, they're pitted & chipped up pretty bad and it's rusting underneath those spots. I'll just live with em until I can sneak some repops when the wife isn't looking.
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:19 PM   #4
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The truck turned out very well. BTW, Brother's has front and rear bumpers on sale until the end of the month.......
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:21 PM   #5
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Great transformation.
What kind of black paint did you use?
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:55 PM   #6
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BTW, Brother's has front and rear bumpers on sale until the end of the month.......
Just what I needed to hear....I'm in enough trouble with the wife as it is!

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Great transformation.
What kind of black paint did you use?
Thanks Keith! The amount of time those bed & doors saved me was immense!

It's actually SPI epoxy primer. It's not "designed" to be a topcoat, but I was recommended this by some guys that have sprayed their rat rods with it and has held up great for several years under 24/7 UV exposure. Best part is if I decide I want a pretty color someday (likely), I just have to scuff, seal & shoot. I'm really liking the satin look for now though, I'm shocked at all the head turns & thumbs up I've gotten with it in the last week.
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:02 PM   #7
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Looks great!!!
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Old 10-25-2010, 02:04 PM   #8
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Brother's has front and rear bumpers on sale until the end of the month.......
I would also check out Classic Parts in KC.
They sell Tri-Plus bumpers,... and you might be able to save the truck freight costs, with a road trip to KC.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:10 PM   #9
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...I'll just live with em until I can sneak some repops when the wife isn't looking.
Things at my house go that way too. Slid in a whole CC 87 yesterday. My Facebook status is "In the doghouse".
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Old 10-25-2010, 05:42 PM   #10
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Killer transformation!
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:10 PM   #11
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Wow looks good man!
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:23 PM   #12
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Wow that is a good thrash. Looks good. Where did you get the doors from?
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:03 AM   #13
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Looks real good, any info on the drop u have and what size of tires r u running
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:02 AM   #14
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Very nice ,looks great, fast build too would have taken me 5 years !
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:08 AM   #15
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Very nice job, and super fast too!
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:19 AM   #16
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Good job man, love the satin black!
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:36 AM   #17
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I'm starting like that satin black more & more
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yeah baby!
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:22 PM   #19
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All that fresh metal and new paint work must have been pretty heavy. It looks like it lowered the truck about 3 inches in the front and 4 in the back.


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Old 02-12-2011, 01:20 PM   #20
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Looks great! I'm doing my 86 Sierra long bed in much the same way. That satin black looks killer on these trucks.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:37 PM   #21
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All that fresh metal and new paint work must have been pretty heavy. It looks like it lowered the truck about 3 inches in the front and 4 in the back.
There was a LOT of rust.

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Wow that is a good thrash. Looks good. Where did you get the doors from?
I got the doors and the bed from member lolife99.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:49 PM   #22
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I had kinda forgotten to update this thread....whoops! I'll do a better job.

I did get the bedliner sprayed in before winter hit. I ended up using Southern Polyurethanes again for the materials and am thrilled with how it turned out. Cost me 3x less than a professional would have charged.





I also got new seat upholstery for Christmas and I got a chance to put it in a few weeks ago. That was waaaaay more painful of a process than I ever imagined! It didn't turn out perfect, but good enough for a driver. Next time I'll be dropping it off at the upholstery shop and writing a check.

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Your bedliner and seat cover turned out great. But is it silver in the middle or blue?
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Man I really like this truck! Bedliner and seat came out great! Get a good full pic of your interior up!
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:21 AM   #25
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Your bedliner and seat cover turned out great. But is it silver in the middle or blue?
Thanks! The seat is black/silver. It's a really bad picture.....once the weather breaks I'll clean it up and snap some better ones.
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