Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Truck Restoration Project

JohnCustom Paint, Latest Projects, Tech TipsOctober 24, 20160 Comment

Ford Truck Restoration Project at Palm Beach Customs

 

 

 

This is a rarity these days in the shop – a truck restoration project on a “new” truck! But we could not say know to restoring Charlie Bruni’s F-350.

 

First off – what I love about working with people in my business you get to meet great people!

A few years ago when I was running my shop in Fort Myers, FL Charlie contacted me about getting his Ford truck cleaned up and installing a Reflex Spray-on Bedliner. The F350 was about 10 years old at the time so we did some touch up and sprayed a Bedliner as well as a few upgrades…

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Now Fast forward 4 -5 years and Charlie and I had kept in touch and the truck was approaching 14 years old. 

Still loving his truck Charlie Decided it was time to start the  F-350 Truck Restoration Project.

 

(I actually thought it would be smart to put the paint formula in the post we keep a record in the clients folder for color match purpose however thinking when a reader sees a cool color on one of our complete projects now the color code will be there for reference)

 

 

 

See Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Truck Restoration Project 

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Keep in mind I set this blog up in reverse as you scroll and read its starting from the end to the beginning. 

Here is a video walk around just about on the last day when we had completed all buffing and assembly…

 

The original color on the 2003 ford F-350 is called Sonic Blue its really a sharp color with loads of liquid pearl in the mix

 

 

Little pricey – I believe it was $647 per gallon for the color –  we stripped the hood and roof and re-primed with high build Debeer Black urethane primer.

 

 


 

How much Paint do you think it takes to spray a full size truck ?

We are known for not cheating on the materials its the same as when you order a Sub (or grinder) for all us northern folks … hahah you want some meat between the bun!

 

 

OK here is the list we used on Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Restoration Project

 

  • Debeer primer 3 quarts

 

  • Sonic blue Pearl  blue base coat 1.5 gallons

 

  • High Solids urethane Clear 2 gallons

 

  • Catalyst for the clear 3 quarts

 

  • reducer for base coat 1.5 gallons

 

  • reducer and catalyst for primer 2 quarts

 

  • 1 gallon of wax and grease remover

 

  • Total liquids 6.25 Gallons 

 

 

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As you can see we sprayed the Spray on Liner material on the bumpers and the lower 10 inches of the truck

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In this picture we use the 2 post lift to set the bed down on the frame using all new bed bolts and applying never-seize ( by permatex ) to all J nuts.

Ford used the J- nuts and realistically If you were from the upper 50 states the Insurance adjusters would always pay for a new set of bed bolts knowing that they were a one shot deal ( however if  the Factory had used never-seize ) that would not be the case.

 

 

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This Video I show exactly how we prep Before wet sanding and Buffing the finish begins

 

 

 

 

On the F-350 Truck Restoration  Project

It only made sense to pull the front windshield and after paint my Friends from Accurate Auto Glass Installed  a fresh New windshield, not only does this give 100% visibility its important to remove before paint as well as the window belt moldings  and door handles for the doors.

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Quick video showing exactly what materials we use for our ultra fine & buffing…

 

 

 

 

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Below the hood is in primer ready for block sanding…

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Charlie wanted the rims Blacked out so we prepped and refinished using satin clear coat

 

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Below is the color code we save with the clients shop folder but this way if a reader likes a color the code will be with the posts 

 

 

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Below we have the lost but not forgotten Honoring our Fallen heroes 

Charlie is actually a retired Colorado Police officer 

 

 

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I wanted to ad a twist For this Ford truck had way to many Ford emblems  

4 in fact..

A little much don’t you think?

So we took the front ford emblem and customizing the bezel with The Palm Beach Logo 

 

 

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Here is what charlie had to say when I dropped his truck off 🙂 

 

Great guy I really enjoyed the F-350 Truck Restoration Project

Thanks for Checking out Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Restoration Project

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