Chuck the Truck's 52 Chevy - Pretty Stuff

Boyoboyoboy! That is looking good.
WARNING! The actions about to be described are for reference only. They are the actions of an apparently deranged individual with absolutely no concern for his own safety. DO NOT ATTEMPT THESE STUNTS AT HOME! This is no way a an endorsement of these actions. It is important to read, understand and follow all instructions shipped with the products. Failure to follow all safety precautions and instructions may result in property damage, serious injury, or death to you or others.

Now, I choose my own risks and accept the consequences of my actions. I used a charcoal mask for all my painting, a $25 3M one, rather than going to the expense of an air supply system. I believe the can warnings have about a 10% medical basis and a 90% liability basis. I had used charcoal masks for painting previous projects (and in basic training) and they had worked well. When I attended the PPG school in 1981 or thereabouts, a charcoal mask was recommended for use with iso-cyanates. While painting this truck, not once did I smell paint fumes while I was wearing the mask, nor did I experience any reaction.
But hey, that's me - you may not be as lucky.
The road of Life is dangerous -travel it at your own risk.




Also, the compressor had warnings that it shouldn't be in the spray booth. Oh well, I wasn't going to install it in the driveway. All the pipe on the wall is my "condenser" for the compressed air. I didn't have room for a coil, so I installed 50' of 3/4" copper running all downhill from the high point. The tee to my air connector is ahead of the end of the line, and at the end I have a ball valve for easy draining. I also replaced the cheap draincock on the bottom of the tank with a 90 degree fitting, a length of pipe, and put another ball valve on the end. I can now drain the tank with a flip of my toe, instead of having to get down on all fours. This system works, for I have no water problems.




I plan on using the truck, so I didn't spend a lot of time on the bed. I don't want to be afraid to use it, so I fixed it for use, not show. It's solid now, but it does have dings and ripples. With the fenders in place, most of the flaws will only show on the inside.

Next time, when it's apart I think I'll only paint what I can't get to when it's assembled. Put it together, and paint it as a whole. I could leave the bed loose and just move it back to get to back of the cab and front of the bed panel. Sounds like a better plan to me.



It was only in house for a week, but it does add color to the room. I would have put it in a back bedroom but it was 1" too tall, and too long to make the corner if turned it around.
The grille does look good in here, but it'll look better on the truck. This is Sunday morning just before I masked it for the black.




The wheel was cracked but a little epoxy remedied that. It is painted to match the interior. The color looks a lot lighter in this pic, but I suppose that is the nature of metallics.

OK, so much for the 5 minute epoxy I used. It doesn't flex like the hard rubber on the wheel, so all the cracks are now showing with only 600 miles. Not critical, but something to know for next time.



The black parts turned out OK, too.







Chrome??? Who needs chrome? I'm celebrating here - a year of seemingly endless bodywork and paint is DONE! Hooray, on to assembly.

[Whoa Boy! You should have brushed bedliner onto the backside of every panel before assembly. I think it protects much better than the primer or Zerorust alone.]