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Monday, May 23, 2016

Rear left fender, sheet metal bumping #1

Ok now the undercoating was removed and it was time to adress the dings and dents all over the fenders. Started to sand of some of the color to get a visual view of where the high and low spots where located. Remember this is the very first time I am trying sheet metal dent repair, so be patient with me ;-)



Here we have a pretty smooth low spot that I started out with. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Front fenders, undercoating removal #1


As the rear fenders was in really good condition and it showed that some previous owner had patched them in some lokation and then sprayed them with a good amount of primer I hesitated to clean the inside of the front fenders, but when I saw that they had only sprayed over the fender to hood rubber bump stops I decided to strip the front fenders aswell. 

Rear fenders, paint stripping #2


Damn 24 hours later and the paint hasn´t risen yet, I guess the former owner had putten on a 2K primer, I was a bit dissapointed and decided to take the parts out for a wash to get all the paint stripper off. But wait a minute......

Friday, April 29, 2016

Trailer hitch finally done

As I had some problem with the first trailer hitch I got, You can read about it here.
Today I got the time to put in the replacement I got and I did the exact same procedure with same kind of wax with the same procedure of application and this time there was no problem reaching the required 419 Nm. Case closed. Now I am only missing the Boler 13' trailer I have been thinking of, some day ..... some day



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bed back on chassie, atleast temporary

Bed in primer back on the chassie. Moving ALL the stuff to a different location......



But it starts to look kind of promising

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bed primer and assembly

All the boring things with prepping went undocumented ;-) Here is the first coat of primer.




This is when the rivets holding front to sides has been put in place. 

Chassie and spare parts is getting some fresh air...

While the bed parts is getting a coat of epoxy primer


Monday, April 18, 2016

Rear trailer hitch, thread failure.......sight!!!!

Rear tow hook assembly and bumper has been assembled and it´s time to mount the tow hitch threaded ball M24 according to these instructions. The state that if the thread is waxed the M24 size is needed to be mounted with 419 Nm

Bed sides rust repair


Some previous owner had tried and replace the lip that lies ontop of the bed wood, I would say that he wasn´t that sucessfull of doing a good looking job. Functional yes but not good looking. The bed side also had some heavy pitting hidden under some bondo, so I decided to replace the whole area from scratch. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Pay it forward!!

You know it´s not just in the movies!!

A couple of weeks ago I took my original beaten up bed appart to get the salvagable parts from that and combine with some other original bedsides (better shape) that I had found. The thing is that the four 5/16-24 unf panhead pozidrive (phillips) screws (two on each side) that holds the top of the bedsides together with the front panel where rusted and 2 of them broke of when I tired to save them. Well i figured I just order som new ones online.
But it turned out harder then I expected to find these particular bolt, either they had the hex drive (that I just couldn´t find myself putting visable on a -56 truck) or they where made out of stainless. Just didnt want to paint over stainless and possibly have the paint peeling of in a couple of years. So after searching all the possible ways over the www I threw out a last question on one of the smaller Ford truck facebook groupes (Group) and a gentleman named John Paradela approached me and told me that he also had been looking for these same bolts for his -61 transmission cover. He told me that he would let me know if he found any around Vallejo California. He kept contact with me over PM on facebook and one thing lead to another and eventually he found a company that could make these particular bolt for us, min order 100 pcs in yellow zink, low carbon for $ 0.51/pcs. Bulls eye. I told him that I would be glad to pay for some inc shipping to Sweden, and today I got a package in the mailbox with 30 pcs inc $22.50 shipping. I sent him a PM asking where to transfere the money and he told me to "Pay it forward"

This just made my whole week. I cant really put words on how grateful I am that a total stranger from the other side of the globe helped me out, and just tells me to "Pay it forward".

I will certainly do just that!! and more than once, thats for sure.

Thanks John Paradela! you made my week.