Dr. Sam Houston's 1972 FJ40 with a late model twist.

Dr. Houston spoke with several times on the phone about doing some minor repair work on this project he had recently purchased.  He wanted to originally just have me prep his truck for painting and redo his motor as he basically everything else ready and waiting on the floor of his garage.  Well he brought the truck out to my shop on a trailer and lets just say minor work is not what happened.

Again Ill post pics and come back with commentary later.

The entire passenger side was rusted all the way in about a 1/3 of the way.  I had a donor tub that had that portion in good shape so I cut it out and pieced it into his truck.  I constructed rocker panels with a pair of duckbills and a vise

Just had to get our hands dirty and start shredding stuff to see where it ends. 

We took everything apart and organized it in bins for later.  Everything that didnt get replaced got a thorough going through and cleaning.  The wiring harness had the PO disease....stupid wiring choices that would eventually burn the truck to ground as you shall see.

I sanded and primed the firewall and dash so Doc could see his color sooner rather than later.

I love wiring....have I told you that lately...Its so easy to forget the importance of finding someone you trust to do wiring....cuz PO had no clue how to do things as noted in the few pics above

The truck is starting to come together.  We prepped and treated the metal for liner applications and went to town.  I worked the other parts of the body tub and prepped them for paint.  Surprisingly enough his hard top pieces were in pretty good shape.  The normal rot in the rear corners where one side was worse on his but we took care of it by welding in new metal, grinding and finish grinding till it looked factory.

Repairing some of the metal pieces back to original.  Doing the priming and painting and buffing.  Looks good in the sun dont it....

Wetsanding the hood with Thug, assembling some of the small pieces and prepping it for pick up by the Doc.  We lined his hard top fiberglass with a thin coat, primed and painted it white.

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

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