My vacation officially began yesterday and I haven't done much with the truck yet. I did go borrow a paint gun yesterday from one of the guys I work with. I was hoping to buy a 3M Accuspray gun but with the recent uncertainty, work cutbacks and possible layoffs in the future my financial manager (AKA MRS Cranky) vetoed the idea So I have to make due with a borrowed Devilbis FinishLine, which should be fine. I have always regretted selling my old Binks 62.
On my way back from my friends house I stopped at Autozone and picked up some cans of spray paint in 2 of the 3 potential colors I am thinking about. One is Chrysler Dark Garnet Red Pearl, the other is Ford Dark Toreador red Metallic. I painted them on the inner fender inserts that I removed due to rust so I could compare them. They are very similar colors depending on the light. The Toreador is a little browner and the Garnet a little purpler.
Here are some pictures
These first 3 are the Garnet taken at different angles
These next 3 are the Toreador taken at the same angles as the Garnet
At the moment I'm favoring the Toreador, it seems slightly richer and very much the same color as the cherries my black cherry trees produce, although I go back and forth between the two as the sunlight changes.
I'm also considering adding some more metallic to it when I choose the paint and possibly adding some clear so when it is sprayed it has a little more depth. Back in the old days I would often make a sort of faux candy paint this way that turned out well.
I still have one more color to look at that is a current Chevy color, I think it's called Cajun Red but not positive. I need to go to a dealer in daylight and see if I can find it, hold up a sample I made of the Wimbledon white and see what I think before I make the final decision.
Today was all about getting to the garage so I can begin the whole process of setting up to paint. You might think getting to the garage would be straight forward but then you wouldn't know me. Everything in my life is never very straight forward.
Last January while I was home sick with what I am pretty sure was Covid-19 one of the guys I work with pruned his gigantic Rainier Cherry tree. He called me up and asked if I want the trimmings for my smoker since he has a pellet smoker and I'm still old school. I told him "Hell Yes" so he brought an entire pickup load and piled it in front of my garage.
After finally getting better it took me forever to have the energy to even think about tackling that pile and when I was finally feeling well enough the weather was pretty bad so I did very little with it.
Today is a warm sunny day and I decided it was perfect for smoking a nice big(ish) brisket and work on reducing that brush pile down to 2-3 inch chunks of smoking wood. So that is what I have been doing today. I began at the crack of 7 driving all my neighbors crazy with the smell of smoked brisket cooking and shortly followed that with the sound of my miter saw. I have now completely filled a trash can with cherry chunks and am a little more than half way through the pile but I need to find something to put the rest of it in.
I did get a little more done on the truck the other day at work. I cut out the rust on the passenger fender
and made a filler for it
I didn't have much time for anything else besides removing the grill.
The damage to the fenders might be a little more severe than I thought but they are the fenders I have so I will work with them. Ideally I could find some damaged fenders with that part of the flares in good shape that I could cut sections out of but I haven't found any yet so I will make due.
That's about it for now. My plan for the next step is to remove the wood bed, pressure wash the frame and treat and paint that, then start removing everything and start sanding. Of course there will be other things that need done like cleaning up the back yard and finishing the shed I started a year ago