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 Post subject: My 80 4X4 transformation
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:56 pm 
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This will be my chronicle of the rebuild of my little truck. I recently got this pretty cheap ($300). Piston #3 was burnt, previous owner already had the head professionally rebuilt, and included the complete engine gasket set.

The body is pretty much rust free except for a small dime sized hole in the passenger's floor boards and a quarter sized hole in the back right corner of the bed floor. The rest is all surface rust that will get sandblasted off when I strip it for paint.

I have already redone the instrument panel (pulled it apart, cleaned it all up, repainted the needles, painted the housing white, changed out to LED's). I have sandblasted 2 of the wheels and painted them, but have to strip them back down and redo them (forgot the base color before putting the pearl coat on them).

Now I have the engine block out ready to pull all the brackets off, clean it all up and get it machined. I'm having the surface machined and the cylinders bored. The shop also apparently does powder coating, and I'm thinking about getting the blocked done.

What color do you folks think I should go with, since I'm painting the truck Dark green with the side "dented in" parts pearl white?

Anyway, on to the pictures.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:03 pm 
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This is the paint scheme I want to go with, except change the black out to Forest Green, and change the orange to Pearl White.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:42 pm 
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That'll look good with the colors you want.
Personally I'd just go black with the block and leave the head bare aluminum. Maybe paint the valve cover to match the truck, forest green with white where it's indented for lettering? The block is just too much color in my opinion
What is your end goal for the truck?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:30 pm 
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I like your idea for the engine. I'm planning on going gloss black in the engine compartment also. The lettering on the valve cover is going to be a bit of a PITA to tape off for the pearl white, though. But I accept your challenge! :D

Another little finishing touch I've always liked doing was to strip the paint off the top and bottom tanks of the radiator (they're brass), polish them up to a glossy shine, then clear coat them so they stay that way. Then gold anodize the top and bottom caps of the air filter on the Weber. Just those two little things. Never liked the whole chrome/gold over done thing. But a couple little touches here and there are a good thing.

Kind of like what I did on my Karmann Ghia.


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