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I was supposed to buy a new to me car today, unfortunately the guy never showed up at the bank wit the title  :( :(
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With the help of my nephew and BFF we put a trans in my Matrix. with the help of my son we put new brakes all the way around on it. I now have what I hope will be a fun reliable winter ride.
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Restorations / Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Last post by fflintstone on November 21, 2017, 07:43:02 PM »
Glad you had time to finish it up. It looks good.
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Restorations / Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Last post by goodfellow on November 10, 2017, 02:54:12 PM »
She' s cleaned up inside and out and the wife and I attended a neighbor's B-day party last night. So we decided to take the truck. The results were surprising, and it goes to show you how differently women and men think.  :)

All the women at the party (including my wife) didn't like the paint job on the truck. They didn't hate it, but they all said it wasn't a favorite color combo. Conversely all the men liked the paint job very much, and some of the older guys even understood the significance of the GM style paint scheme -- it boggles the mind.  lolx lolx lolx

On the way home we got rained out and the new paint was given it's first bath -- it faired well. Took it to the car wash this morning and it's shiny again.





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Restorations / Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Last post by goodfellow on November 08, 2017, 09:01:39 PM »
Got home a day early from a trip and was able to spend some time in the garage to finish this thing up. The molding and pinstripes showed up a few days ago and i was eager to get them on the truck.

I decided (with the wife's help) that the dark silver gray pinstripe was best for the top parting line.





Then I cut and fit the body side molding and decided to install it up-side down (chrome showing on top) versus the traditional C-10 look of having the chrome run on the bottom edge of the molding. I think it looks better that way on a small truck.





All-in-all the truck looks clean and straight, and the pinstripe and molding accents add to that "straight" illusion. --- Because underneath all that fresh paint and bling is still a marginal rust prone 30 year old truck; but at least it looks good in the driveway again.



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Thanks fflintstone.  BRILLIANT video!  I'm following now on youtube. 
All the help much appreciated.

On the wire front... i found a UK supplier with good prices.  It's all unbranded though.  You think that's ok for mig wire?
https://www.greasemonkeydirect.com/collections/welding-general

They come in kg not pounds.  5 kg probably good for me.
:)

5KG is 11LB. that is the common big size for smaller welders.

welding wire is rated just like stick electrodes.  the first alpha numerals are usually Er60 or Er70 sand I believe that is tensile strength of the base metal. the all the other numbers or letter mean something as well. IN THEORY an ER70S-6 should be the same whether it is from Lincoln or joe blow. However that is not always the case. sometimes the coating can be thin, and in a moist environ like the UK the wire at the bottom of the spool can start to rust if it sits in the welder for a long time.

Great insights. It would never occur to me to think of the moisture in the air.
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Restorations / Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Last post by goodfellow on November 03, 2017, 07:07:52 PM »
LOOKIN GOOD!!!

Thanks Bill -- glad its over with and I can move on to other projects.
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Restorations / Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Last post by goodfellow on November 03, 2017, 05:45:24 PM »
Finally finished this damn truck. It was a nice adventure, and a lesson in backyard mechanics; that being it takes twice as long as you originally planned. It was worth it though --

I had to clean the inside panels. Best way to clean molding and kick panels is to use carb cleaner to get the oxidized film and then use tire cleaner to make it shine -- works very well. All these panels were totally crudded up and oxidized -- they look almost new after the carb cleaner and tire shine.









After everything was done -- here's the finished product. A good driveway refurbish --

The hardest part was getting the bed aligned on the new fabricated mounts, but after that it was gravy!!!







All Done!!!!



Repainted the grill and added some silver touches to the buckets cutouts











Time to clean up the garage and have a cigar and an adult beverage.

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Restorations / Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Last post by fflintstone on November 03, 2017, 04:25:49 PM »
LOOKIN GOOD!!!
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Restorations / Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Last post by goodfellow on October 30, 2017, 05:42:19 PM »
Finished up the last of the paint today -- mainly the white middle panel sections on the cab. Talk about masking tape everywhere -- because the white center section had to be extended into the door jambs to make it look good.





.....BUT the masking nightmare was worth it -- it came out looking very good. I'll wait a few days for the paint to harden and then start reassembly by putting the bed back on the frame. I had to fab up some new mounts for the bed because I cut the old rusted ones with a torch to get the bed off.

Here it is -- done with paint. Next week I'll color sand and buff it out a bit just to make it look a bit more professional.













An old Mazda 4x4 with a classic Chevy paint scheme --- it seems to work!!
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