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18 hours ago, SkippyMack said:

The paint under and over the lettering definitely aged differently - really cracked.  I did get it all off!  Got both doors repaired (glass and Bondo) and did an initial rattle can primer this weekend.  I detailed the lingering scratches with Nitro-Stan and wet sanded with 320.  Doors are surprisingly silky smooth - far beyond my expectations!  Oh, yeah!!  Tomorrow we'll spray the high-build primer and I'll be back to wet sanding on Tuesday.  Wednesday we're spraying top coat.  Things are feeling pretty real!  

Today I also cut aluminum plates to cover the interior holes above the doors that housed the light fixtures (which were no good).  I was able to retrofit some LED license plate lights utilizing the original screw holes and they look pretty darn good.

Things are looking good for my mid-late April timeline.

Most recent pictures load first: https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/

That lettering will come off and all, and feather in. If you stripped the doors to bare metal ???  certain angles you'd still see it right in the metal.  Most likely old lead based from that era. You won't see it after prepping it as you have.  I'm wondering how the progress on this truck allows time for so many pictures ?? Think I can speak for lots of us here.....keep'm coming 

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Ya'll - I have paint!  Doors are done.  Goal is to have the cab done by the end of this weekend.  I'm one happy girl - I think the truck is, too!  The rest of the truck will be this color with a white

Popped the seat frames and original seats in tonight so I could sit in my truck for the first time on something other than a milk crate!  Don't mind me...I'll be here making "vroom-vroom" noises and g

Hey there friends! Well, we got buried in SNOW this week in northern Vermont.  My vacation week and it snowed!  We had six inches on Thursday, but if finally cleared and we had a beautiful day ye

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3 hours ago, Mark T said:

That lettering will come off and all, and feather in. If you stripped the doors to bare metal ???  certain angles you'd still see it right in the metal.  Most likely old lead based from that era. You won't see it after prepping it as you have.  I'm wondering how the progress on this truck allows time for so many pictures ?? Think I can speak for lots of us here.....keep'm coming 

We're spraying primer on the doors now!  I can't not document...drives my husband nuts, but then he's always grateful I have so many pictures of our projects coming to life!

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Update from the Brattleboro Historical Society on the Guildford Paper Co., Inc.

This all makes me happy to give this truck a new lease on life surround with a bit more positive energy than in her former one!

Stay tuned for pictures of the doors with top coat tonight!  I CAN'T WAIT!!!

"Guilford Paper got sued in 1954 for using the same set of license plates on two different trucks.  It didn't pay off in the end as someone caught on to what they were doing, and the State of Vermont made them pay $151 for another set of plates.  Seems they were trying to cut corners.
 
The Guilford Paper Co was originally located in Guilford VT (a small town south of Brattleboro) during the late 1950's but relocated to Brattleboro in 1963.  They converted waste paper into toilet tissue.They seem to have been involved in multiple lawsuits, some submitted by them for non-delivery of goods, some against them for non-payment of bills.  They got in trouble with the State of Vermont for allowing waste water from their plant to pollute the Connecticut River, intentionally or non-intentionally, resulting in fines.  The last reported information I could find on them was dated 1969 when the plant was sold to another paper company."
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Beautiful color choice Skippy! You, your son and husband should be proud of all the effort you have put into this project. I can't wait for the finished puppy.

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And yes the color is gorgeous seats will go real good in there still don’t get the blue dashboard ha ha Ha as I mentioned before you’ve done more work on that truck in one week than I have done in 27 years ha ha keep it up and thanks for keeping us posted doors look amazing... bob

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On 3/5/2021 at 12:09 PM, mowerman said:

And yes the color is gorgeous seats will go real good in there still don’t get the blue dashboard ha ha Ha as I mentioned before you’ve done more work on that truck in one week than I have done in 27 years ha ha keep it up and thanks for keeping us posted doors look amazing... bob

Bob,

The interior is more green than blue, in my opinion.  "Verde Green" is the name of the color. It doesn't photograph authentically - different in natural light than in the photos.  I choose it for the hammered finish and because it echoed the vintage vibe of the original green.  The interior door panels will also be that color.  It works for me. ♥️

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So the painting I felt was only about halfway thru the job, the little fiddly bits went on and on

 

So your just getting warmed up lol

Great work as usual 

Paul 

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 Man that’s a beautiful design on those doors yes I will also be painting my truck all apart if I ever get to it God love you for diving on that thing keep up the good work little girl and thanks for keeping us posted also have you ever heard of Power tools??????? Sanding is a breeze with them ha ha Ha... bob

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18 hours ago, mowerman said:

 Man that’s a beautiful design on those doors yes I will also be painting my truck all apart if I ever get to it God love you for diving on that thing keep up the good work little girl and thanks for keeping us posted also have you ever heard of Power tools??????? Sanding is a breeze with them ha ha Ha... bob

Ha!  Thanks, Bob!  Yes, we have and use power tools (I've gone through countless packages of orbital sander 80 grit disks! But there are some things that require hand work, a sanding block, or a little piece of sand paper, especially on all these curves! 😆

Trust me, I've have my fair share of moments regretting not stripping the paint, but I couldn't see removing the cab and in the order we tackled the project...well it didn't make sense. 

There is a light at the end of this tunnel!

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Streak the primer with rattle can flat black paint. It will help when final sand fo perfect flat surfaces.

Simply long board until the black is gone, and the panel will be perfectly flat.

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when you are up to your armpits in alligators,

it is hard to remember you only came in to drain the swamp..

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2 hours ago, tjc transport said:

Streak the primer with rattle can flat black paint. It will help when final sand fo perfect flat surfaces.

Simply long board until the black is gone, and the panel will be perfectly flat.

Oooo!  Cool tip.  Thanks!

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I learned the "tiger stripe"trick back in 74 when I was cursing a van.

Old timer showed me the trick to smooth panels and I have been using ever since

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when you are up to your armpits in alligators,

it is hard to remember you only came in to drain the swamp..

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That is a genius sometimes no matter how careful you are you starts spraying and always find something you messed whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat???? Where the hell did that come from ha ha... bob

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11 hours ago, mowerman said:

That is a genius sometimes no matter how careful you are you starts spraying and always find something you messed whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat???? Where the hell did that come from ha ha... bob

oh yea. 

spotless clean smooth panel, finish coat done, and as you walk to the table to set the gun down you just barely touch the hose, or something else to panel. 

 

#$($#(@)@$%#)@)%_#@#) where did that come from???

 oh well, i did not want to sleep tonight anyway.

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when you are up to your armpits in alligators,

it is hard to remember you only came in to drain the swamp..

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1 hour ago, Brocky said:

Skippy,

Thank you for keeping us posted with your progress, your family is doing great work, especially the  fine pictures.. I have been following it from the start..

What I am most impressed with is that your truck is a FAMILY project!! That you have motivated your son to be involved shows us the loving your family has in all of its life. You can be sure that he will value this truck as the "family truck" until he becomes an old man..

Brocky,

Thank you for following along and for the support!  Our son has grown up surrounded by cool projects since he was an infant.  His first visit to the shop was at seven days old.  Shortly after, we put a swing in the shop and he would swing for hours and hours observing projects come to life: boats, planes, jet cars, motorcycles, all kinds of things - as soon as he was old enough to help out, he's been on it! He's got a lot of creativity and natural talent in mechanical and engineering ability, so we foster it as much as we can!  Although my Mack has made it to #3 on his list of favorite trucks in our "fleet", I'll be hard pressed to top his obsession with our old GMC dump truck "Dumpy" - that one is his passion!  He is looking forward to riding around in the Mack, though - and he's a good helper!  😄

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My husband had a delivery to do today and my kiddo was able to play outside with his cousin, so I was solo all day on bodywork - and friends, I gotta say, the final detailing of the cab came out better than I planned!  A quiet day with no other obligations proved to be super productive!  I shot rattle can primer/builder over my work and tonight we got another layer of high build primer sprayed before calling it a night.  Even my husband was impressed. 🤩

So, the cab will be in her top coat tomorrow morning!  

Feelin' like a million bucks!

Most recent pictures load first (except the first two, which were at the beginning of the day today): https://sjcreativevt.pixieset.com/skippymack/

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