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Old 04-15-2013, 11:34 AM   #1
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1966 F100 Short/Fleet Full Stock Resto Build Thread

I posted a few build threads before and had someone ask for me to post our newest build here. Our shop started a full restoration of a '66 F100 back to stock specs about a month ago. It was originally light tan and white two-tone. It's pretty straight, complete, and rust-free apart from the outer edges of the floors and radiator support. It had a 302 added at some point but the owner still has the original 352 and three speed transmission, the engine has been rebuilt already.













This a picture that the owner sent us. The bottom and top of the roof was light tan.

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

Teardown pics.


Fiberglass patches in the floor and kick panel, not a good sign...




Found the original masking lines under the trim and behind the bed.






Front clip, bed, and doors removed.






Engine/trans removal.



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Old 04-15-2013, 11:36 AM   #3
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

More teardown.


Cab stripped bare.






Rust in the floors.









Cab off, frame disassembled.

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:37 AM   #4
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

We had the frame sandblasted and I shot it with a few coats of PPG DPLF epoxy, let it sit over the weekend and lightly wetsanded it with 500 grit to knock down the orange peel and nib the dust/trash.







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Old 04-15-2013, 11:38 AM   #5
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

I sprayed the frame using PPG Omni MTK single stage urethane, flattened with 1/3rd PPG One Choice matting agent, and reduced 10%. Sprays very well and covered great since it was going over the black epoxy. Nibbing the Epoxy made the paint lay down much smoother- as you can see in the "wet paint" pics.


Straight out of the gun-









Starting to flatten out.

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Old 04-15-2013, 11:48 AM   #6
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

That was looking pretty solid until the f/g came out. Nice and straight too...
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

Nice progress!
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:57 PM   #8
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

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That was looking pretty solid until the f/g came out. Nice and straight too...
It's not in bad shape at all, although my perception of "bad shape" has changes since I started on the '55 International...


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Old 04-15-2013, 01:58 PM   #9
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

Got the cab and doors back from the blaster. There was more rust-thru than expected, and the passenger side door has some wrinkles right through the upper body line. I stripped out the seam sealer (it was too soft for the blaster to remove) and will be picking up a couple quarts of Ospho so it can sit in bare metal without flash rusting while we do the metalwork. All the metalwork and dent repair will be done before priming with epoxy. We will also re-blast the seams to fully clean them out before we shoot epoxy on it. I picked up a gallon of PPG DP74LF epoxy that is the same color as red oxide, which I believe was the original primer color.


The next step will be to repair the rust and fit the doors to the door openings. The bodylines will be matched up, the gaps will be evened out by welding 1/8" welding rods to the edges and grinding the gap even, and the doors will be reshaped to fit flush with the cab and fender. I make a feeler gauge the size that the gaps will be and grind the welding rod to fit the feeler gauge.































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Old 04-15-2013, 01:59 PM   #10
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

Here is how the doors fit before removal. It will require a bit of work to make them fit flush with even gaps and body lines.

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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

This is a '65 C10 that I restored (my first paint/restoratioin job), this is what the gaps and panel alignment will look like after we rework them.













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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

I found pictures of this 15K mile original paint truck which has the same color scheme. It show the dash painted white, tan column/wheel and gas tank, and the masking lines in the rear door jamb.





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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

Cut out the rear floor rust to get inside the floor brace. We'll blast and prime inside the brace before welding the floor pans back in. We didn't cut the front floors out yet since the new pans aren't here yet- didn't want to cut too much.






Blasted and primed the wheels and brake drums with PPG DPLF epoxy.






Cleaned out the drums, had new races installed, and had them turned.






Sandblasted the front suspension parts and pulled the bushings out. We are sending them out to have the king pins replaced and then we'll prime/paint them all separately.

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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

If anyone's interested, we have taken about 380 pics so far of the teardown. Most of it is just boring stuff for reference when we start reassembly but I know you guys are picture junkies!

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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

That's going to turn out great! Great work on the 65 too! Do you have an actual shop or is this something you do on the side at your home? If it's a shop I'd love to stop by some friday or so that I have off and check out your progress!
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

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That's going to turn out great! Great work on the 65 too! Do you have an actual shop or is this something you do on the side at your home? If it's a shop I'd love to stop by some friday or so that I have off and check out your progress!
Thanks! We have a shop- Anderson Auto Glass right off 28 bypass near Westside high school. The auto glass industry has changed for the worst (unless you are Safelite) so we have started doing more restoration work to keep us busy.
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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

The front drums are painted, cleaned, and bearings are packed and installed. I sprayed epoxy on the axle last night, then nibbed it and sprayed flattened single stage urethane on it after lunch today. I left the carrier in red oxide primer as the factory did. We're getting more of the pieces blasted so we can start reassembling the frame. I will get the rear brakes installed on the axle later today.
















Picked up a bunch of parts yesterday at Early Ford V8 Sales in Easley SC.

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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

Had a hold-up with the brakes, it'll be Friday before Napa has the rear brake hardware (didn't order it all the first time)... I did get the lines and wheel cylinders installed. Anyone have a source for the vent bolts that hold the brake line distribution block?










Drums ready to install.

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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

I'll definitely be tuned into this one!
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Got the yoke and hardware for the carrier detailed today.


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Re: 1966 F100 Short/Fleen Full Stock Resto Build Thread

This is all looking really nice! Keep up the good work.

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This is all looking really nice! Keep up the good work.

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Few more recent pics. Got the rear suspension parts blasted, epoxied with PPG DPLF, and painted. Those rear leaf and hanger bushings were a pain to remove! I'll shoot epoxy on the front suspension parts tomorrow. We bought a 110# soda blaster and a couple bags of soda (non abrasive) for blasting the 352. It was poorly repainted when it was rebuilt and we don't want to paint over the rattle can paint that's on it. We'll have single stage color matched so we can spray it with a hardened paint for better oil and gas resistance.


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Flattened single stage:











The I-beams were blasted, then new king pins and bushings were installed. They're prepped with PPG DX series Metal Cleaner and Metal Conditioner and ready for epoxy.






The manifolds were blasted and coated with Calyx manifold dressing.


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Great attention to detail as always.
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I picked up some "EZ-Slide" graphite based lubricant paint for the leaf springs, I found it at Tractor Supply. Should let the springs move easier so it rides better. Also picked up some model paint for the paint marking on the transmission.




Lightly washed the trans to document the paint dabs.


Yellow "6Y"




Orange along the edge.




This one showed faint traces of orange paint.



Outlined to see it better.




Another orange spot.






Blue spot.




Two yellow dabs.




Another yellow spot.

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