Charlie Bruni’s Ford F-350 Truck Restoration Project

JohnCool Cars, Latest Projects, RestorationOctober 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.

 

Charlie Bruni Ford F350 Truck Restoration in Florida at Palm Beach Customs

 

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…

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 


 

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.

 

 

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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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Are all auto body shops created equal?

JohnBedliner, Custom Paint, Latest Projects, RestorationJune 23, 20130 Comment

Jeep Restoration Shop Florida at Palm Beach Customs

Are all auto body shops created equal ?


This is a good story of a Jeep CJ-7 total frame-off restoration done in our auto body shop at Palm Beach Customs. The customer, Ann (real name), is a real cool girl - she runs her own small business serving Lee County with her own construction company.

Ann is a dedicated CJ fan – so this was going to be a fun project.  We dismantled the Jeep and did a complete assessment of the parts needed for the job and we ordered all new sheet metal to get the project started.

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This is a good story of a Jeep CJ-7 that came into our auto body shop for a total frame-off restoration.

Choosing Your Auto Body Shop...


 

When choosing your auto body shop for a project like this you need to be careful because not every body shop is capable of doing a ground up restoration – it takes a different mindset.

 

 

Then, most of the collision auto body shops are all about the numbers – how fast a task can be completed this is important in the bottom line, but a much different approach is used when doing a frame off restoration.  It’s more about procedures and quality rather than “how soon can this be done?” I’m sure you get my point

 


 

Everything on the body we prepped, sanded, and replaced with new metal where it was needed. The frame needed new perches, new body mounts, complete stripping, and then undercoating. It’s interesting to see that when we were cutting out and cleaning up any previous work (30 plus years old) you realize how many hands have been in the pudding before you.

 

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Our auto body shop is one of the few that provides a spray on bedliner service and we get tons of Jeeps in, as well as the pick-up truck beds, boats, and trailers. CJ-7 Jeep

 

That was great for this particular jeep because we sprayed the complete underside of the body tub, then flipped it over and sprayed liner into the passenger compartment, which sealed it up nice. All the body parts were epoxy primed, filled, and block sanded.

 

An all new windshield frame with windshield and new gaskets were also put on to replace the older parts.

 

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The client chose a beautiful House of Kolor paint – Kandy Tangerine for her color. We applied the nova orange ground coat before the tangerine – along with many final coats of high solids clear to finish it off.

 

The client chose a beautiful House of Kolor paint – Kandy Tangerine for her color.

 

We applied the nova orange ground coat before the tangerine – along with many final coats of high solids clear to finish it below you will see the urethane black sealer we use to give the final auto body work a full [lock down ]and seal everything before applying the base coats.

 

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the cj7 jeep body after many hours of prep

 

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Palm Beach Customs auto body shop produces High quality Auto Restorations

 

 

If you have a Jeep, pick-up truck, or classic car get in contact with us and we will be glad to discuss your next project from concept to reality.

 

This is a complete Photo album of 250 pictures taken of the 1983 Jeep cj7 Restoration Click Here  

 

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http://www.palmbeachcustoms.com/projects/sprayon-bedliner/jeep-parts-and-customs-in-swfl.html

 

http://www.palmbeachcustoms.com/projects/sprayon-bedliner/restoration-paint-and-bedliner-on-jeep.html

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