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My 78 BRAT project....

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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