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Old 04-08-2021, 05:15 AM   #76
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Re: Upside down, back to front, long low 63 fleet

Usual unplanned situation, every horizontal surface becomes a workbench,
Was sort of planned, I heavy wire brushed the wood grain and then treated the boards with strong tea stain and steel wool/vinegar stain, then refitted them and threw tools etc at them, dragged tool boxes and other items across to get rid of the new pine shelving look.
While waiting for floor sections, had a go at the grill disaster.
I cut out the rest of the grid section and welded in 3 1/2" square bars that match in pretty well with the original horizontal sections.
As usual this is driven by the difficulty in getting replacement parts here, 63 grills are hard enough to get in the USA.
There's Ray the workshop supervisor flat out again.
The floor sections have arrived so the cab is back off the frame and onto the rotisserie.
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Old 04-08-2021, 09:57 AM   #77
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Re: Upside down, back to front, long low 63 fleet

Glad to see that Ray is there for quality control purposes.

Can never be too careful....

Looking good, like the idea of ageing the newly stained bed wood, will be borrowing that.

Do you have a picture of the bed stained? Interested in how the Tea treatment turned out. I am thinking about using Danish Oil on a wire pad but open to other options. My bed floor is old oak reclaimed from a barn so have several options.

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Old 04-08-2021, 07:30 PM   #78
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Hi Paul,
i did a bit of experimenting with the tea and the steel wool/vinegar and combinations of which one first.
I thought the steel wool/vinegar gave me what I was looking for best and a second coating enhanced the first. A second coat of tea didnt seem to do anything extra.
Either one gave me a nice grey weathered look, but as some time has passed it has turned to a brownish like baltic pine look. Dont know if thats from the natural yellow pine tannin coming to the surface, it might be that the steel wool residue is actually rusting.
The wire brush I used was on a drill and dug out the grain pretty heavily so all the soft pine is gone and the hard bits of grain are left, like its been sandblasted. The results I got with the stain may have been influenced by having very little soft parts to get in to.
Heres a pic from a little further up the track, the board across the back is untreated to compare colour.
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Old 04-09-2021, 01:34 PM   #79
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I like the effect you have achieved on that.

Mmmm.... might have an experiment over the weekend.

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Old 04-15-2021, 06:08 AM   #80
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So here we have some extremely rare pics of rust in a C10.
Outer floor sections, lower a pillars, lower b pillars, footwell sides, outer rocker panels, lower cab corners.
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Old 04-15-2021, 06:11 AM   #81
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pics tell the story
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Re: Upside down, back to front, long low 63 fleet

what can I say that hasn't been said
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cut, grind, weld,
repeat on the other side
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Nice work, I know that took some time!
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:39 PM   #85
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Thanks
Yep a month of part time work condensed to 4 posts.
Looks easy
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I'm so glad I'm done mine.

Good job!
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:22 AM   #87
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Re: Upside down, back to front, long low 63 fleet

Life has been getting in the way again for the past few weeks, back to medium complicated as per usual again now.
So heres some more repairs.
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And more repairs.
Got some paint matched up to some of the original green that shws through in a few places.
So been priming all the repairs, then first coating in the green, then over that with a matched brown.
The rockers are likely to get knocked around a bit, so then the green will be exposed like the other knocked about parts of the truck.
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