This 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 with his Dog Tundra (and not after Toyota) you might think In 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 come to an agreement that if truck was getting a re-do
They were a part of our life like many of us and Ron was no exception his dog was a Big golden Retriever and rode in the back of the truck with Dad .If you grew up in our local community and you didn’t know Ron you were a foreigner ( just Joking ) But everyone knew Ron and was happy to talk to him I always said when I retire I pray that I’m as easy going and happy !
Ron – He just had a cool way about him and was always sporting a larger than life smile.
You will notice I did this post – Ron Noka’s ” Nite Hawk ” Chevy Truck Restoration – Bedliner – Graphics from finish to start it’s just nicer when you can see the finished result in the beginning!
You will see here we are wet- sanding and buffing the final finish after a Black Sapphire metallic paint Job with 2 gallons of clear coat.
What we do on a project as massive as a big k series Chevy truck is cut and buff first then assemble and then 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 clean up at that point.
No skimping on this project
We installed a brand new dash, new seat all new door rubbers rocker moldings and visors when you stepped inside this baby it was like 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.
This gives you a side shot of the Body work straight as an arrow 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 has our hands in this Job.
Below you will see this full restoration project we even installed our Famous spray on bed-Liner Ron fell in love with the bed liner I think he liked it because his partner in crime didn’t slip around as much. Also, 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.
I had to get a new floor and 2 new quarter panels we replaced all the sheet metal on the truck new doors, fenders, inner fenders ( you see them in the bed picture, rocker panels, quarter panels and rear bumper the only sheet metal that was original was the tail gate and the hood .. we gave the truck a full undercoating before the final coats of paint.
2 new quarters and bed floor
2 new quarters and bed floor Hanging the doors after the rockers were welded
Jay and Harry fitting the doors
This shot is to give 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 paint.
The LAST picture has Nite Hawk in the tailgate and Ron’s Spear very cool – Proud Narragansett Indian.
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