Another plug for Tamco. Their stuff is super nice, and the customer service is second to none. The owner herself will go out of her way to answer questions via text or their Facebook page. My "booth" is letting a ton of dust in still but it's better than nothing. I need to scuff the cowl and dust a little base and clear back over it once I get the junk sanded out.
I wasn't completely happy with the sprayout today, so I did the core support for some practice fine tuning. Plan is to completely wetsand the roof, dust some color on a few spots, and flow coat the whole thing next weekend early before it gets so crazy hot. It cooled down this afternoon and the core support came out nearly perfect.
I've slowed to a crawl due to long hours at work (as usual) but I got the tub scuffed and primed. Next weekend will be block sanding and hopefully sealer/base/clear and I can kick the truck to the side and start working on doors.
Love your work and must say, your posting the flag picture. I've turned down fairly clean Troopers with less rust than yours. I always look at the front window channel for rust because I know how hard it is to repair. You seem to have it nailed pretty good and I like your attention to detail in your posting of the pics. Keep up the good work
Thank you for the encouragement. It's hard to stay motivated when working 12 hour nights and spending a lone weekend here and there trying to catch up. Maybe one day I'll be independently wealthy, right...
I think I finally got the sealer figured out. I thinned it 4:1:1 rather than 4:1:2 and sprayed it with a 1.4 tip with the Iwata...it worked really well. I filled in the handful of small dents and dings and the body looks really straight.
Color and clear. My "booth" is a little drafty, and I got the usual dirt and dust in the base that I was able to mostly sand out before putting a final drop coat on. My lighting is absolutely terrible once the sun goes down. Clear went on pretty well, all things considered. It'll be a decent driver quality paint job but won't ever win any shows.
Thank you for the kind words. It's been a grind for sure with a lot of unexpected hangups. I had no intention of this being a years-long restoration but I may as well do it right while it's apart.
Dad helped me install the carpet a month ago. Carpet is one of my most hated tasks. The trans tunnel on Troopers has very severe angles, and the ACC carpet does not match these at all. It's a painstaking process of trimming, fitting, trimming a little more etc. It doesn't help that the seat mounts aren't removable. But the job is done.
2 days worth of work didn't yield a huge result but I keep plugging away wasting time on stuff like making door handles perfect...nobody ever tells you how much time you can waste on little details. The handles had some odd pitting, I'm not sure if it was already there or if the Ospho had a weird reaction. But they got primed, filled, and primed/sealed again.
In between sessions of handle repair, I started on the hood. It had some rust in the front corners that I originally thought would have to be cut apart and fixed, but after stripping the seam sealer it really wasn't bad at all. I used a needle gun to knock all the loose flakes out and applied Ospho and let it dry. After 24 hrs, you can coat over the top but I'm out of primer so I'll have to wait for that to come in.
My Tamco resupply came in and I was able to get back to work. The hood front was primed and then seam sealed. The roof rack, wipers, and handles got painted in single stage black. All this between doing preventive maintenance on the daily drivers and stripping and priming a motorcycle gas tank. It was a productive weekend.
I took a job out of town, so I’m working on the Trooper when I have time. It’s tough between working on the daily drivers and house, but I’m getting stuff done. The doors had a little rust in the bottoms that I had to wire wheel and blast out, then apply ospho to the creases and finally a rust converting primer. Topped with new seam sealer and then prime/base/clear time.