Monthly Archives: September 2012

All hands on deck

Normally the way it works around the shop is Chase will be working on one thing and Chris, or Chris and I, will be working on another. But not today. Today it was all hands on deck for work on the El Camino.

The first order of business was to finish filling in the dents inside the bed. I had already applied and sanded a couple of layers of body filler a few weeks ago, but they still needed some help. The first picture shows me smearing more body filler to smooth out the uneven areas.

The second picture has Chase grinding away bed liner from where we don’t want or need it. Using the Raptor Liner as a rust preventive and sound deadner works great … but no matter how carefully we mask or apply it, it always seems to end up somewhere we didn’t want it and has to be removed. In this case, along the front, bottom edge of the bed and the inside lip of the wheel wells.

The third picture is Chris doing what Chris does best … sand. But Chris didn’t get to have all the fun today. Chase and I also got in on the fun today by helping sand. By nine o’clock this morning there was at least one, but sometimes as many as three people working on the car at one time.

The reason we were hammering on the car today is because I had made up my mind that today we were going to get this ol’ girl in primer if it killed us. You can see in the fourth photo that we made it because I am masking the car to get it prepared for priming.

I am wiping the car down with a cleaner in picture five to make sure that all the oils from our hands are removed prior to priming.

Finally, about four o’clock this afternoon, we started priming. Chase started the process, but as you can seen in picture six, I finished it. It was a long day, but I was determined to get the car primed today … and we did.

The last five photos, numbers 7-11, show the car after the last coat of primer has, mostly, dried. The car looks good in it’s coat of primer, but I did uncover a problem. We are going to have to rework the right quarter panel behind the rear wheel because after the primer covered over the splotchy appearance caused by the body filler I could tell that the body line was a little wavy behind the rear wheel. The panel is not uneven, but in working out all the damage on that section of the panel the body line has gotten out of alignment and appears to have a hump in it.

It’s not the end of the world, and this is the kind of thing that turns up on these big restoration projects as you move through the process. Because this is a high end restoration, a show car if you will, the body line needs to be dead straight.

It’s not a problem that a little more sanding and body filler can’t fix.

Also red-dy to go

First thing this morning we got cracking on this Tundra. The only things that needed doing today was to get the bed cover installed, get the truck cleaned up, and get it back to the customer.

You can see in the first picture Chris installing the support system for the cap. After a bit of fiddling and a lot of head scratching, he finally sorted out how the cap connected.

In the second picture Chris, Chase and I manhandled the cap onto the truck and locked it down. It took a bit of adjustment to get everything lined up like it should be, but it basically just snapped into place.

The third and final picture is the truck ready to go back to the owner. I like the way the cap looks on the truck. Practical and good looking … not a combination you find just every day.

Red-dy to go

Now that the paint is dry and the bed is back on the truck, this little red truck is red-dy to go back to it’s owner.

Though this truck wasn’t as mangled as some we have seen, you have to admit it looks better than it did when it arrived.

What dent?

This Toyota Tundra had a slight dent in the roof where a branch of a falling tree hit it. Had the entire tree come down on the truck the damage would have been far worse that the little dent we repaired.

But even small dents can be unsightly and the owner  wanted it repaired. So we did.

I would point out in the pictures where the dent was, but you can’t see it … which is the idea.

One piece at a time

We are getting this Chevrolet S10 together once piece at a time. While Chris worked on finishing up the repairs to the bed, Chase was busying painting the cab of the truck.

The first picture shows Chris smoothing up the welds so after paint you won’t even know the bedside had been replaced.

The second and third picture is of the cab of the truck after the application of the base coat. The base coat is the actual color of the truck, red in this case, but as you can see it dries to a dull flat finish. It is the clear coat that actually provides all the gloss as well at the protection for the paint..

Pictures four and five show the bed after all the repairs have been completed and the areas where the bed was welded together covered in primer. The primer will protect the repair from the element so the repaired section will be just as rust proof as it was when it was delivered from the factory.

In the last two photos, numbered one and two again, you can see that we have the truck and bed painted and clear coated. If you compare the pictures of the cab in the last two pictures with the pictures of the cab in the booth you can see how the clear coat brings out the gloss of the paint.

Now that the truck is painted we just need to get all the pieces back together so we have a truck and not several truck shaped pieces.

Branching out

While the Tundra is in the shop to have the bed cap painted, the owner is having us touch up a few places on the cab where a falling tree almost, but not quite, missed the truck. While the bulk of the tree missed the truck, a few of the limbs did not.

The first picture shows what we started with. Not much of a dent, but it doesn’t take much to really stick out like a sore thumb.

In the second photo we have filled the bent place with a bit of body filler and sanded it smooth. Body filler is designed to fill small dents like this and it does its job very well. Once the area is painted you will never know there had been a dent there and the repair will last the life of the truck.

The third and final photograph is of the truck in the paint booth and the repaired area has been sprayed with primer to seal and protect the repair.

We applied the primer right at the end of the day so we will have to let it dry overnight before we can sand and paint.

Put a lid on it

There are so many ways a person can customize their truck. You can jack it up, slam it down, add big wheels … or your could go for something a bit more practical like adding something to keep the contents in the back of your truck secure and dry.

Which is exactly what the owner of this truck decided to do. The first picture shows the cap the owner selected to go on his Tundra, which you can just see in the background. The color’s not bad, but I think the red truck needs something a little more in the way of color.

The last two pictures show the cap after the application of red paint to match the truck. We need to let the paint dry before we can mount the lid on the truck bed, but for all practical purposes it is ready to go.

See, being told to, “put a lid on it” isn’t always a bad thing.

It can get wet … later

Yesterday we painted the bottom of this PWC (Personal Water Craft) white and today we did the top. Once the paint is good and dry the owner can come pick the PWC up and take it home.

It’s acceptable if a PWC is wet coming out of the water … but it is unacceptable for it to be wet coming out of the paint booth.

Bed time

While Chase spent his day painting and priming, Chis and I worried with getting the bed repaired on the S10.

The first photo shows Chase priming the areas we repaired yesterday. As you can see in picture two we didn’t prime the entire side of the truck, but almost.

Pictures three and four show the replacement bed side. We won’t use the floor, front part of the bed or the inside wall and fender well that was included with the side. With a little bit of skill and a lot of patience we will strip the outer skin off the replacement piece and attach it to the customers truck bed. This is far easier and produces a much neater repair than actually using the entire replacement piece in the repair.

The last two photos, numbers five and six, show the bed mended. But I don’t know about that gold color … I’m thinking a nice red would be better.

Bedside manner

This poor S10 pickup has seen it’s fair share of misery. The victim of several different minor altercations, the owners decided that enough was enough and it was time to make the truck look as it once did.

You can see in the first two pictures that the worst damage is on the right bedside. The scar runs the entire length of the bed and disfigures an otherwise nice looking little truck.

In the second and third pictures we have removed the bed from the truck so that we may repair it. It always strikes me as mildly amusing when the bed of a truck is removed because it always looks so much different than the way you expect a truck to look … kind of like a shaved cat.

The next two photos, numbers five and six, show some additional minor damage on the cab of the truck. We will be repairing these issues along with the bedside.

In the last photo, number seven, you can see where we have started the repairs on the cab by filling the slight dents and dings with body filler and sanding it smooth. Body filler is the perfect solution for these types of minor body repair. Designed to fill and smooth minor imperfections in the sheet metal,  body filler allows body shops to provide repairs at much lower cost than other repair methods.

While we are able to repair the cab, we will be replacing the bedside because it is a bit too far gone to economically repair. In other words, I can replace it cheaper than I can repair it. That part of the repair will start as soon as the part arrives.

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