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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2017, 06:27:48 PM »
Made some progress over the last two days - and the first coats of paint are down. I decided to do the bed first to see if this color scheme was really as appealing as i thought it would be; thinking that if it goes to hell, I can change my mind on the cab side.

I blocked the bed with 320 and masked it up --







I also sprayed the rear lower valance with some white just to soften the red that I will put on top of it.



The color is a bit orange, but for this job it's probably just perfect -- lets hope so!!!
BTW -- Puppy Pads make great spill mats when mixing and pouring paint





I laid down three coats -- one tack coat and two full wet coats.







After all that I had a very small sag on the right lower corner, but it evened out a bit while drying and noone will notice.  I won't even bother to fix it.

While everything was drying on the bed, I also cut in the fenders and cowl with red paint, and it was getting dark and colder I only had time to but in the drivers side sills with red.





By the time I was done with all that work, the bed had tacked up enough to uncover the job. I carefully peeled back the paper and tape to reveal the finished bed.

I LIKE IT!!!! It looks gorgeous. This is a true Chevy combination and the Ford Red is perfect for this job. It just "orangy" enough to make this thing pop.









Tomorrow I tackle the cab --

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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2017, 06:27:48 PM »

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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2017, 05:34:04 PM »
Manged to finish this part before the weather started to turn -- it's supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow, and late afternoon the wind and clouds started to roll in.
Masking this thing is a bear, but then I prepped the cab with 320 grit paper, degreased it, and tacked it off with a cloth.









Ready for some Ford Red tractor paint --



I cut in the corners and remaining sills and let her rip.







Three coats later it was all dome with --





Right fender had a bug in it on the first coat, but a pair of tweezer got him out and the two subsequent coats covered the imperfection.



Hood came out nice -- good flow-out



I'll wait a day for this to dry and then hit it with the remaining white layer on Monday


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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #17 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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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2017, 04:25:49 PM »
LOOKIN GOOD!!!
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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #19 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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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #20 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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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #21 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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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #22 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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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2017, 07:43:02 PM »
Glad you had time to finish it up. It looks good.
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Re: Turning a 'sow's ear into a silk purse' -- the Earl Scheib way!
« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2017, 07:32:50 PM »
Thanks -- much appreciated Bill!