Here’s my version of “Throwback Thursday” 😉 This is a post I made back in 2009 when I was still in charge of BanditAlley, as a blog post there. Recording it here on AA for posterity.
Seeing that I can do this, you’d think I could polish up a sewing machine like nobody’s business, wouldn’t you? Not so. Though a lot of the process is the same, I just can’t seem to bring up the shine on a sewing machine the way this truck finally shone. It’s probably because I can’t use a power polisher on the machine like I can with a car or a bike.
The victim: A 2000 Ford F-250 Diesel. Previously dark green in color, but likely painted when it was recovered as a roll-over in the first year of its life.
Yes, all work was done in our driveway. This was “BG” – Before Garage. Some of the neighbors loved it. One of them even came over to ask questions about his own restoration project. The rest of the neighbors probably thought I was a nut. They’re probably not wrong. 🙂 I still have the huge stain on the driveway where I spilled the paint too.
The paint was a canned Varathane, and was rolled on. Yes. You read that right. This box and part of the door was roller painted just like a wall. (Different type of roller though.) Fitting really, since the truck had been a rollover. 😉
This truck went to a new home later in the year when I decided I was tired of temperamental diesels and the “tricks” this truck liked to play – shredded a serpentine belt, coolant bottle came loose and wiggled so much the fan sliced the hose and dumped coolant everywhere, airbag light burned out, disabling the whole Airbag system, insisted on being plugged in below about 40F, peed diesel onto the ground after a small detour onto the engine, and the last straw for me was the day I got into the truck and found the rearview mirror on the floor. I thought seriously? You can’t go a single month without destructing something?
We always fixed things right and with Ford parts even – one of the benefits of having family who works for Ford – but it gets old when you have to make a “payment” on a truck every month despite having paid cash for it when you bought it. I do believe that a lot of this truck’s “isms” were courtesy of improper maintenance before we got it and artifacts of its surfing on its side at one point.
The price of Diesel fuel lately sure doesn’t make me regret this choice either.
And now: June 02, 2009’s post:
This spring I finally got tired of looking at the damage and decided to take it on. It had gotten significantly worse over the winter, and a bunch of the bondo had broken off in the large patch near the fender well.
The worst part of the box. This was a hole about 3″ by about an inch or so. Fairly large, and in theory, some metal should have been welded in here. Since I have no welding experience, it had to be dealt with in another way.
Better get those doors in bondo too.
Getting there, but the hole still remains….
Some shine has come up with hand polishing and waxing. The polisher required a new bonnet. The one that came on my Princess Auto sander/polisher was a POS. It fell apart and thwacked me in the leg within the first 30secs of use
I guess now I should wash the rest of the truck…