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  On this page I am showing parts that I haven't shownbefore. I just am now getting to this part of the truck. I will have Intermediate and after pictures here also.











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The seat is suprisingly in useable condition. The seams threading is coming un done. I have another used seat that is just about in new condition. I will be changing it when I get to the inside.

Right

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Not as bad as I thought actually. Cleaned up the area, and primed the area. Sorry no Intermediate pictures.

Right
Picture says 1000 words.

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The "Hole" is the shock access cover for the cab mounting. It's just the cover that rusted through. Vacumed out, cleaned up the area and primed. Sorry, no Intermediate pictures.

Right
Fixed the access place.

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The back, behind the seat. Sorry no Intermediate pictures. The paint still has a little bit of a shine.

Right
Maybe I should have masked the wire..

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Under where the seat was. Rubber matting removed, and picture was taken before I cleaned up the area. Sorry no Intermediate pictures.

Right
But I do have this picture... :-)

  Now that I desided to "give it a go" at painting the truck myself, The following pictures are of the antique in the neighbors garage and ready to be painted. Painting was an after thought. I had to remove ALL I have installed and more. Wet sand, and wet sand, and wet sand. getting it ready to spray paint. My neighbor has allowed me to paint the truck in their 1.5 car garage. Hopefully, dust won't be a problem, but we'll give it a go. At least I can say I tryed if it dosen't work out. I never painted a full vehicle, let alone the inside too. This is a big challenge.

  The old paint had many chips, and worn places, and several places the other painters diden't get like the door jams and the inside. I figure, If I mess it up, I can always take it to a body shop at several thousand dollars. This way, I have a chance of success... Even if it looks 50% better, I done good.

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Removed everything I could that dosen't get painted. masked the windows, and everything else. I coulden't get the Ranger emblem off. It's supposed to be held on from the inside, but it's actually, what looks like black glue. So I had to mask, instead of remove them.

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Removed the rubber for the windows, even the little plastic black thingy at the corner of the door.

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Think were ready?

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One of the reasons I desided to paint was the old bed cover. It was missing and was one of those aftermarkets that requirered drilling screw holes for the snaps. That have been removed and the holes fixed.

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Oh yes, even the inside. It was the original paint and has it's flaws. Big scratch under the steering wheel (Fuse pannel cover). I tryed to bring up the paint in the corners but diden't want to shine.

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One of the things that bugged me was the sides of the tail gate. Originally, the tail gate stop cables were rusted through way too bad and when you open the gate it would hit the bumper. Chiped and dented the gate. Ugly chip marks in the middle on each side of the tail gate. This is fixed.

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The bed liner stays out. It's after market. The original bed is really a work of art in the design, and metal pressing. So, needless to say the bed gets a paint job too. Sides and floor..

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The back of the cab has it's flaws too. On each side just below the seat belts there was a nasty discolor in the paint. Even wet sanding getting ready to paint it's still there. Have no idea.

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Removed the hood, Scrubed with soap and water, De-greaser, Scrubed again. Finally, clean to paint. Man, that was a chore.

  Okay, now that I know I can do a decent job painting. How about painting better?. Ahh, why not?. Give it a go!.. So, I desided to re-paint the outside. My neighbor let me use her garage again. She said she'll be moving in 2 months, pleanty of time. I can even keep the truck inside there for two weeks for the paint to cure better... Yes, better... It's does get hot in there during the day, and painting it when it's hot inside make the job turn out much better I think.

  And, it has!. Look below, and compair the first painting pictures to the second painting pictures.. Now, yes, I am still going to sand, but this time I will also be taking one more step... Last time, I sanded with 1500, then 2000... This time, I will also sand with 2500... It should mirror better. Also NO rubbing compound. That was a mistake I am sure now... So, additional pictures are comming, and when it's all sanded. I will be replacing the old "outside" pictures with the new... Notification will be posted on the LogBook page.. Oh yea and this time there are five (5) wet, coats.

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Second paint job outside only. Much better then the first.... Still, sanding is needed. Five (5) coats!.

Drivers side.

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Second paint job outside only. Much better then the first.... Still, sanding is needed. Five (5) coats!.

Passinger side.

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Second paint job outside only. Much better then the first.... Still, sanding is needed. Five (5) coats!.

Rear and front.

  Okay, so why not paint the old faded grille?. Since I got everything else painted, why not?. Sanded with 400, then yes, painted the grille first with Rust-Oleums plastic primer. Then I can mix the oil based Red, Green, and White to make the shade of Gray that is equal to the original grille color, or as close as the memory can remember. I also painted the insert area black, as it was originally... Nice. Sprayed the gray, 2 coats. brushed the black.

  The bumpers, I also painted. Front and back inside the bumpers also. Air sprayed both. 3 coats. So, I first needed to make a "holder" for the bumpers for painting. I used my two garden carts and made a wooded 2x3 holder. Nice idea, I can position them in the right spots in the garage for painting without a lot of effort.

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The grille. Sanded and primed the plastic with primer, mixed red and green and white to get gray.

Also did the inner black. As it was originally.

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Front bumper. 3 coats of Rust-Oleum Gloss Black. Nice huh?.

Back bumper. 3 coats of Rust-Oleum Gloss Black. Also nice huh?.

You Tube Video. Second Paint job. Sammy Hagar sound track. "Red". 8 Minutes.

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See the video second painting, runs 8 minutes with Sammy Hagar's "Red". Extended version.

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