Whoda thunk it?

“It’s déjà vu all over again”  – Lawrence “Yogi” Berra

No sooner than I get one deep red 1950 Chevrolet pickup out of the shop, then parts of another arrive. The two truck are the same make, model and year, and so close in color that unless you see them side-by-side, you would think they were the same color. It’s strange how coincidences work sometimes

The owner of the truck, the second truck that is, dropped off a few parts, the hood, tailgate and a couple of other small parts, to be painted. Apparently the shop that painted the rest of his truck was unwilling or unable to finish the job. I’m not sure what is going on, or even who the other shop is, but in any case I only have these few parts to paint.

The first picture shows the hood, upside down and ready to paint. That picture was taken almost two weeks ago just before I painted the underside of the hood. Yesterday I was finally able to get the hood, along with the rest of the parts, back in the booth to finish painting them.

The second picture is of Mike cleaning the inner fenders. Mike is wiping everything down with a tack cloth to remove any contaminants from the surface. The tack cloth is just a piece of lint free cloth treated with a chemical that leaves the cloth slightly sticky … much like a PostIt! note. The cloth is wiped over the surface that is to be painted and any loose dirt, hair … whatever … is picked up by the cloth and removed from the surface.

The third photo shows the tailgate hanging in the booth, ready to paint. The black part of the tailgate is some primer that has been sprayed on the tailgate to prepare it for paint.

The fourth and fifth pictures are of yours truly sitting on a hard concrete floor with my head stuck inside what amounts to a big steel bucket while I taped up the already painted areas to protect them from overspray. Yes … you too can enjoy a glamorous career in automotive repair …

The sixth picture shows all the parts, prepared and ready to paint.

The last three photos, numbers 7, 8 and 9, show the various parts after they have been painted. After the parts dry overnight they can be sent home with the owner.

I’m just glad I didn’t have both these trucks in the shop at the same time. It would have gotten real old real fast having to constantly walk up and hold parts against the trucks to compare the color to make sure you were getting the right parts on the right truck.

Posted on April 26, 2012, in Non-Collision Work and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Looks like you do beautiful work. Do you happen to know anyone that has a hood for a 1950 truck for sale?

    • No, I sure dont. Have you checked message boards that cater to these year pick ups? Im sure there is an online community that offers tips and tricks on these trucks. I’d start there.

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