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#26 RustyBrat

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 09:21 AM

I just threw mine away and bedlined the metal behind it :)

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:15 PM

I was contemplating that, but I wanted the extra support and sound barrier. Plus I wanted a way to hide where the carpet ends.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 03:26 PM

Oh, yeah mines not a daily so sound isnt a concern for me luckily :) and i have no carpet at all!

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 07:39 PM

The first time I did this I had the engine in the car. Now that the engine is out and everything is exposed I am going to redo the engine compartment. I may change the paint to bedliner though.

 

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:13 PM

under the fenders where you did black i did bedliner, turned out pretty good :) dang though yours is cherry!



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:17 PM

that black on my inner fenders is bedliner as well...



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:19 PM

oh! haha i misunderstood your post :)



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:23 PM

I sprayed bedliner on the inside of my fenders and the underside of my hood as well. The fenderwells were in awesome condition! Like I said before...I only had to patch one 50cent piece sized rust hole in one of the fenderwells...thats it.



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Posted 06 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

ive got a few holes in my fender wells, i didnt patch any of them though. i just cut out all the rust, wire brushed, rust killed and painted.



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 07:54 PM

Here are some more....

 

My father-in-law works for a company that restores/remodels private jets. He was nice enough to take my factory vinyl seat covers and make new ones out of really nice black leather. :) I had him add a pocket to the back of though for storage. I still have to heat shrink the leather to get the little wrinkles out, but here they are. In my opinion, I am one lucky dude to have these seats!!! 

 

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:31 PM

NICE! im sure a lot of people here would buy those if your father in law's company wanted to do a run of these...



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

Thanks... I will mention it to him when he comes to Denver in a couple weeks...



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 08:51 PM

we all would appreciate that very much :)



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Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:21 PM

If you remember from past pics...there were primer spots all the way around the bed of my 78. Those were holes made by the previous owner to install a toneau cover. After filling and finishing bodywork on the holes around the bed, the roof, and the holes on the bottom of the doors from the chrome trim... here is the primered product of a lot of time with a body filler and a sanding block in my hands.

 

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 12:09 PM

wow, this brat is awesome, can't wait to see how it looks when you are done with it.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 06:55 PM

Here are a few more pics... Decided to go black with the wheels...

 

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:27 PM

im thinking of painting my jackmans, do you think bedliner would look good?



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:42 PM

It would look good, but I wouldnt do it...I think it wouldnt last. Bedliner also holds brakedust more than paint which will eat them up in a hurry! I took mine down to bare metal via paint stripping wheels/wire wheels and sandblasting...primered them quick so no rust would form. Then I would recommend wheel paint, caliper paint, or engine paint. Its ceramic (therfore harder). All of the spray on bedliner I have used is easier to chip/scratch and wheels take the brunt of the punishment. Powder coating would be ideal, but its more expensive unless you have the means within your household to do so.

 

Note: Removing the factory paint on them is a PAIN! (unless you have commercial grade stripping materials)  



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:56 PM

alright, ive been trying to find somebody with a sandblaster... 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:00 AM

Its also possible with a good stripper and a pressure washer, but it takes longer.

 

I only sandblasted the welds at the end of the spokes...



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:03 AM

alright. sounds like i need to get a wire wheel and a lot of time



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:18 AM

Those compacted foam paint stripping wheels (I get cheap ones from Harbor Freight) for angle grinders and drills work really good as long as you stay off sharp edges. I personally follow one guidline... Its better if you take the item and take it to bare metal and do it how you want to. Its ALWAYS worth the time! (Dont ask my wife though ;)) My entire BRAT has been stripped to bare metal...except the undercarriage at this point. It will last longer that way. I have seen about 3 on the road in Colorado in the past 10 years and I want mine to be seen forever! 



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 12:20 AM

well, i have a cheap wire wheel and a while back i started in on one wheel, it worked pretty slick took the paint right off, so maybe mine have different paint than yours? plus my paint is bubbled and rusty



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 06:52 PM

I definitely think they have different paint. Mine were a pain....couldnt even sandblast without stripping first.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 07:24 PM

wow, yeah mine comes off fairly easily. one of them was never painted, just primered






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