That is a pretty cool story. This project meant a lot to me.
Ron had owned this truck for over 30 years and had decided that It was time for a complete restoration. So he discussed this with his dog Tundra. You might think I’m crazy telling you this, but I grew up on a large chicken farm, and we always had dogs. So I understood.
There was only one problem: Ron and Tundra had to agree to the truck getting a re-do.
They were a part of our life. Like many of us, Ron was no exception. His dog was a big golden retriever and rode in the back of the truck with its Dad. If you grew up in our local community and you didn’t know Ron, you were as good as a foreigner.
Everyone knew Ron and was happy to talk to him. I always said when I retire: I pray that I’m just as easy going and happy!
Ron – He just had a cool way about him and was always sporting a larger than life smile.
As you can see here, we are wet-sanding and buffing the final finish after a Black Sapphire metallic paint job with 2 gallons of clear coat.
It was a project massive as a big k series Chevy truck. What we do is to cut and buff first and then to assemble. Then we back tape the moldings for a final glaze, so we don’t get the compound in the moldings. Once we are all finished with assembly, it’s easy to clean up at that point.
No skimping on this project
We installed a brand new dash, new seat, new door rubbers, rocker moldings, and visors. When you step inside this baby, it looks brand new.
You will see below some very detailed pin-stripping on the side. We included the Indian Feathers and on the tailgate the spear.
Ron was a Proud Narragansett Indian, and I was friends with a lot of the local Tribe.
That gives you a side shot of the bodywork. Straight as an arrow, this truck really came out nice. I was fortunate to have 3 of my favorite team players on this job. Harry, Jason, and Slink, you are as good as your team in the real world, and we all have our hands in this Job.
Below you will see this full restoration project. We even installed our Famous spray-on bedliner.
Ron fell in love with the bedliner. I think he liked it because his partner in crime didn’t slip around as much. You can see we went over the rails, so he had full protection on his bed rails.
Below you will see the bed from the truck in prep stage.
Below you will see the bed from the truck in the prep stage.
I had to get a new floor and 2 new quarter panels. We replaced all the sheet metal on the truck with new doors, fenders, inner fenders. You see them in the bed picture, rocker panels, quarter panels, and rear bumper. The only original sheet metal was the tailgate and the hood. We gave the truck a full undercoating before the final coats of paint.
Two new quarters and a bed floor. Hanging the doors after the rockers were welded
Jay and Harry fitting the doors
This shot gives you a clear picture of how a new bedside comes complete with the inner and outer panel. It is bolted and welded then seam sealed before applying paint.
The last picture has Nite Hawk in the tailgate and Ron’s Spear, Proud Narragansett Indian.
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