Page 2 of 5 ... May 1998 - August 1999
I scraped all of the old hardened seam sealer out of the rain gutter area and replaced it with new seam sealer. I also sanded down the top of the cab and filled in a few small dents with some body filler before priming and spraying on a couple coats of white paint. I used DuPont Centari acrylic enamel with a gloss hardener.
Back of the cab after I painted the blue portion. I also painted the door jams and rocker panels.
We reinstalled the doors and bed. The blue portion from the cab forward was almost ready to prime and paint at this point. However, the bed still had quite a bit of dent repair work to be done before that would be ready for paint.
This photo was taken just after I painted the cab of the truck. I used DuPont Centari acrylic enamel in the factory light blue color mixed with some gloss hardener.
We put the grille and bumper back on and Dad drove the truck for the rest of the summer/fall. It was stored for the winter and we started working on it again in the spring.
We removed the bed again to install the new floor. It is shown here standing on its end on the garage floor. Someone had previously replaced the original floor with a couple sheets of ¾" plywood with a seam down the middle. The metal parts inside the bed has been painted green (my uncle did that) and the inner fender wells were full of dents.
Here is the inside of the bed with the old floor removed and the inside painted back to the original blue.
Here I am finishing up the installation of the new floor. It's a yellow pine wood kit from Chevy Duty (now Classic Parts of America). These were originally painted black from the factory but we chose to clear coat the boards with Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane to better show the natural woodgrain. I painted the new steel bed strips and bolts blue to match the rest of the truck.
The bed is back on the truck. The outside is still in primer at this point since it still needs a little bit more work before it will be ready for paint.