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New Bed and Floor

        May 29, 2017

        I started out just to lower the truck and refinish the bed floor. But things in life rarely go as planned! The plan is to remove all the clear coat the PO put on, paint the bottom well with black paint, use a dark stain on the top exposed area and then clear coat everything and polish the exposed areas. I will be using polished rails and edge angles.

        May 30, 2017

        My plan all along was to refinish the wood bed floor and exchange the painted rails for polished stainless ones. The PO had used Loctite on the bolts holding down the rails. Trying to loosen them resulted in rounding the square holes in the rails making removal a nightmare. I basically had to cut almost half of the bolts and rails to get them out. Other than time and work it is not that big of a deal since it is all getting replaced anyway. I did use an air wrench in my attempt to remove the nuts, that might have cause the problem, but I’m blaming the Loctite! I got all but three of the boards out and am exhausted, tomorrow is another day.

        May 31, 2017

        Man, I’m getting old. A good night’s sleep did not help yesterday’s exhaustion. But I carried on, at least for the morning. I got the last of the boards out of the bed. I now know why one of my buddies told me it would be easier to remove the bed, there are some nut nearly impossible to get to. I also screwed up when I cut the welds on one of the side trim pieces thinking it was something the PO had done. Now I’m going to have to find a new one but will probably bolt it on rather than having it welded.

        June 6, 2017

        I started sanding and painting the bed floor boards, this was going to take some time due mostly yo space! I also removed the rear roll pan that the PO had cut a large section out for the trailer hitch which I had removed. I had debated on fixing the existent one or getting new one. Getting the old one out was not that easy. It was welded in on the fender ends and it was tough cutting anything in there to cut the welds loose but I finally got it out. A new one with a license plate box for only $123 delivered was a no brainer. It does have some exposed spot welds that will need to be smoothed but that’s okay. I found a little surface rust starting after I pulled out the old pan. I sanded all the paint off and applied POR-15 to that whole area.

        June 7, 2017

        I test fitted the new rear roll pan only to discover the rear cross member needs to be notched to clear the license plate box. Okay, with that accomplished I tested fitment again. Closer but still not quite there. The whole thing needed to be slide to the right about 1/16” to get the top mounting screws to line up but the rear fender prevents that. Not being a body man I took that 1/16” off the roll pan rather than trying to adjust the fender. Only the little extension needed to be cut. Then since I can’t weld and didn’t want this thing welded anyway I made two brackets to bolt the ends to the bed sidewalls. I painted those brackets with POR-15. I then started the fill on the roll pan’s spot welds with RAGE GOLD.

        June 8, 2017

        Couldn’t do much today, other priorities ya know. I did get the rear roll pan brackets mounted and sanded off the first coat of filler for its spot welds. While I was under there I slapped some more POR-15 on the frame and cross members.

        I am noticing more areas where rust is starting to rear its ugly head. The tops of the inside of the rear fenders and the bottom rear of the cab are going to need treatment. I will probably end up pulling the fenders to make fixing them easier and at that point the bed may come off too. Man, all I wanted to do was lower the truck a little, LOL!!!

        June 12, 2017

        OMG!!!!! Since I have seen some rust starting on the truck I thought I would pull the rear fenders and the bed to get to and treat the rusted areas. This seemed like an easy task but no-o-o-o-o! Aside from the 3 million bolts on the fenders the PO seemed to have a liking for red Lok-Tite which he applied in several areas. I had the use a huge breaker bar and bust the bolts to get them out. There is no major rust just where two pieces of body touch each other and trap moisture you can see it starting. I will use POR-15 and probably some seam sealer when I put it all back together. And NO LOK_TITE! One thing that surprised me was none of the cross member were welded to the frame, don’t know if that is how these truck were built. I will attack the inside of the fenders first before I pull the bed, just not enough room in the garage for a completely disassembled truck.

        June 14, 2017

        I did a little sanding on the floor boards to fix some mistakes I made the first time. I also sanded off the e-coat on the back side of the roll pan and applied two coats of POR-15. I still have a little body work to do on the outside but then it will be ready for paint.

        June 15, 2017

        I am still chasing potential rust. Today I did some more body work on the rear roll pan and took off all the paint on the bed step support brackets and applied more POR-15. Next will be the bottom of the steps themselves and then the inside of the rear fenders. But I will still have the bed walls to deal with. Man, I wish I had a media blaster! I also installed the upper shock relocation bracket. I wired the license plate light, that should end the wiring on this truck.

        June 16, 2017

        I got all the bed floor boards stained. It looks pretty good, I’m not sure if I will add a second coat. After some research I have concluded that you do not want to use automotive clear coat for stained wooden floor boards since it will cause the stain to lift and bubble. The recommended coating is marine grade varnish, like Sikkens Cetol Marine Gloss Finish. I want to wait to give the stain time to fully cure before adding the varnish. I thought I would address the bed steps and remove the paint from the bottom and apply some POR-15. That proved to be more difficult than I was thinking of course. I got one done but ran out of time and energy so the second one will half to wait.

        June 17, 2017

        I got the other step sanded and POR-15 applied. After one more try at filling the spot welds on the roll pan I shot some etching primer on it. As usual my fill skills are lacking, I have more work to do. The next big project is to remove what undercoating and paint there is on the inside of the rear fenders and treat them with POR-15. A little surprise was found on the driver fender. It looks like in its former life this truck had the fender mounted spare tire. There is a huge patch panel where that tire carrier would have been. I took off the fender braces and cleaned them and tried hitting the fender with my abrasive wheel. The undercoating somewhat came off but there is a layer of goo that did not. Gonna have to come up with a different plan!

        June 18, 2017

        Well that was fun! Today was rear fender inside treatment day. As it turned out there wasn’t much undercoat inside these fenders, in fact there was barely any paint. I looks like the PO did apply silver paint but did not clear coat it. This could explain the surface rust that was starting. I used an abrasive wheel on my angle grinder and moved it around a lot so as not to generate any hot spots. I followed that with 60 grit sand paper and was able to get one fender clean. I took a lot of POR-15 to cover it but one down another to go.

        The plan when I got up this morning was to sand and paint one of the inner fenders. I accomplished that but then I went back into the garage and thought “do I really need to call someone to help get this bed off”. I checked out what held what together and decided I can disassemble this by myself which will make it easier to work on. I pushed the whole bed toward the rear to get better access to the 10 bolts holding the front panel to the sides and the rear cross member fell out! It was just slide into the rear side caps. No bolts hold this in place other than the bed mount bolt? I find that hard to believe, then again it was 1967. Well, it is all off the truck and there is some rust starting on the flange at the bottom of the front panel, that should be an easy fix.

        June 19, 2017

        More sanding and POR-15, this time on the rear cross member and the rear bed panel where it meets with the side panel front caps and both sides of the flange where the wood floor sits.

        June 20, 2017

        Not the plan this morning but I started on the second fender. This one is going to be harder. I attacked the mounting surface first and discovered some filler and several welds which were not threated and were rusting. At the front bottom there is a small patch panel again with rusty welds. But I got it down the bare metal and applied POR-15. The hole the PO drilled for a fuel filler was not even painted and had rust on it as well as on spot under the bezel. There seems to be much more undercoat on this fender so removing that and the surface rust will take more time.

        June 29, 2017

        I decided to address something that has bugged me since I bought the truck. The body work on this truck is marginal at best. That is the reason for all the potential rust issues I am dealing with. The tailgate “fixes” is driving me crazy. There are two welds which I assume patched some holes but the builder didn’t bother the grind them flush before he painted. Of course they are on the inside corners where the outside frame meets the raised panel part and not that easy to work on. I was able to get my small grinder in there and smooth the welds. But upon close inspection I see the same seam rust issues. I used a small file to dig out any paint in the seam and slapped some POR-15 along the seam hoping it will penetrate and stop any further rust, probably not. But I am going to paint the lower portion on the inside panel black and get some black vinyl letters for the logo. I will probably treat the front bed panel to the same paint scheme.

        June 30, 2017

        I sort of fixed the scars on the back of the cab I created when the bed front panel fell off the bed unattended, stupid me. The paint I used matches very well but because it is a clear coat paint job I really don’t know how to blend it. The areas will be hidden for the most part but I would like it to be as good as possible. Hopefully some sanding and buffing will help. The tailgate project is progressing. I got the filler primer on and sanded. I re-taped and applied another coat and plan on putting on the satin black tomorrow. The block letters came today so that will be another adventure. If this works out I will do the same thing on the front panel. I have started the temporary assembly to figure out exactly where the side panel angle brackets will sit. First I put all the cross member supports in place. Then I bolted on the step hangers to the front cross member. With any luck I can put on the sides and mark where the angle pieces will go, then take it all apart again.

        July 1, 2017

        The tailgate came out fairly decent for someone that is not really a painter, I will wait a few days before attempting the vinyl lettering. I started on the front panel. I’m making a little change for the front panel. I am still making the outside portion black but I am also making the entire inner portion black as well since there are no letters to break up the silver.

        July 2, 2017

        I got the front panel all taped up, applied etching primer last night and applied the filler primer today. I will let that sit overnight and paint the black tomorrow. Patience has never been one of my qualities so I put the vinyl letters on the tailgate today. After reading some reviews on how to do this I had a plan and it all went well. The scariest part was getting the letters free from the sheet, LOL. We’ll see how it looks in the morning after all the soapy water evaporates.

        July 5, 2017

        Very little accomplished today, I must be getting lazy! I sanded on the roll pan and did what I hope is the final fill on the welds. I sprayed filler primer on it and it looks like it is ready for paint.

        July 23, 2017

        I made some templates for the embossed panels I am trying to add to the bedsides but ran into a major issue. One of these side panels has had major surgery with a weld across the entire height of the panel in the center and the panel is badly warped. I knew it was but was hoping bolting the 1/8 strips would pull it flat, it didn’t, not even close. So I tried to see if this is going to work on the other bedside….nope, its warped too. At this point I am giving up on these bedsides. I will head down the road to AMD for get new ones. Hey, its only money right!!!!!!

        July 24, 2017

        I picked up the new bedsides from AMD today. I made the embossed strips for the left side and they fit great. I had to adjust them from my previous template since these bedsides have those bead rolls in the wheel opening but that will just add to the look. I still have to shape the corners and glue them on but so far I’m happy. I test fitted the fender and it looks like I will need to “adjust” a couple fender’s holes to get it the fit easily.

        July 25, 2017

        I made the final prep for this side on the embossed strips by curving the outside corners and slightly beveling the edges. After one final test fit I got the courage to glue them on with 3M 08116 panel adhesive and secured them with a bunch of bolts. Hopefully I will be able to get the bolts back out without difficulty! One thing I noticed, these bedsides do not have the holes for mounting the tail lights. This side still has a little body work to do on some spot welds and smoothing the edges of the embossed strips where they meet the bedside. Then I will flip it over and address the other side of the spot welds.

        Ju;y 26, 2017

        The bolts came out without any problems. I sanded everything well to get rid of any adhesive that squeezed out, scuffed the e-coat and laid down some etching primer. I refilled a couple of the spot weld areas that needed a bit more work. I will start “shaping” the embossed strips to make them look like they are really embossed.

        August 1, 2017

        You know how things in your mind sometimes seem easy? “Shaping” the strips was a lot more work than I thought. I used dura-glass to get the blended bevels on all eight edges of these strips and then started sanding. It all was working great until I got to the inside corners. That was much tougher. Then it was re-prime, fill voids with Rage Gold, sand, re-prime only to find more voids, fill again, sand and re-prime. After many rinse and repeats I finally am happy with the inside. I flipped the bedside over and started body work on the outside. I sanded the spot welds and filled them. I applied etching primer to all those areas. I again test fitted the fender and marked the inside area. I then sanded off all the e-coat in that area and applied POR-15 for some protection. Then I laid on the filler primer, sanded that with 120 and 400 grit and declared victory.

        August 2, 2017

        This was a lot of work and I have another whole bedside to do and final paint seems a long way off. I may be a glutton for punishment but I bought primer/sealer, Toyota Titanium Metallic base coat and clear coat. I am going to attempt painting this myself. I will paint the roll pan first and see how that goes before trying the bedsides and fender.

        August 4, 2017

        Today I started on the other bedside. I got all the strips cut, holes drilled and the outside edges curved. Tomorrow the plan is to remove the e-coat in the areas where the strips will sit so I can glue them in place. Given enough time and engery I will start the body work on the spot welds.

        August 5, 2017

        These new bedside have stake pockets which I assume were a stock feature on the 1967 C10. I don’t want them so I made some patch panels to eliminate them. Since I don’t have the ability to weld and don’t really want to lug these things to my welding buddy I made some brackets that mount inside the end panels. I glued them in place with the 3M adhesive and glued the patch panels to those. A little body work and the pockets are gone.

        August 7, 2017

        I guess I forgot what a PITA making these embossed panels was. I got the panels glued on and let it sit overnight. This morning I applied the dura-glass to the edges and let that cure. Sanding them into shape took hours and of course there are tons of voids I will have to address. But the hard part is done. My hands hurt from all that sanding so I moved on to covering the parts on the inside that will not be exposed with POR-15.

        August 8, 2017

        My hands are in shreds and my shoulder is trashed!!!! But the second stage of body work is done on the embossing stripes and I have laid down the etching primer. But of course even before the primer dries I can see I have more body work to do. I will put on some filler primer and we will see after this dries how bad it is.

        August 9, 2017

        Before I put on the filler primer on the inside I flipped the side over and did some body work on the outside. I test fitted the fender and marked out the wheel opening area for POR-15 and applied it. I also installed the end caps for the side panel rolls.

        August 10, 2017

        I taped off the POR-15 area, sanded the outside with 120 grit and laid on the etching primer.

        August 11, 2017

        After etching primer dried I applied the filler primer. I still have to sand both bedsides to see if I need to do more body work but I’m thinking this is as good as I can make it with my limited skills. As I said earlier these bedsides do not have holes for the tail lights, that could be because I don’t think the tail lights I have are from a 1967, I think they are from a 1966. But I like them so I measured the old bedsides and drilled holes and installed nutserts in the new ones for the lights.

        August 12, 2017

        One of the reasons for all this body work and new parts is because of the way these trucks were built. There is way too much metal to metal contact with no rust protection and no seam sealer. After all these were farm trucks back in the day. I allowed POR-15 to seep into all those contact points the best I could and added filler to all the seams on the bedsides. The front bed panel bolts to the bedsides metal to metal, I will be adding a gasket on the back of the bedsides. Also the top rollover ends of the front panel is opened and just butt fits to the bedsides. To eliminate any chance of moisture getting in there I made some plates that will sit flush inside the rollover ends. They will be glued in with 3M adhesive and sealed. I will add a gasket to those as well to eliminate the metal to metal contact.

        August 16, 2017

        I have done about all I am going to do on this bed so I guess it is time for paint. First I need to clean out the garage of all the dust and crap from the body work. Plus there is so much junk left over from the AMX, this truck and other projects in the garage I may make a trip to the recycle place first. To create a “paint booth” I will use the same method I used for the Z. I will put plastic sheets on the walls to protect tools and stuff, and put builder’s paper on the floor to keep dust away. I need to put on primer/sealer before I attempt the silver base coat.

        August 17, 2017

        For a bit more protection on the inside of the fenders and the fender area of the bedsides I put on a couple coats of POR-15 bed liner. This stuff is water based and made to go over POR-15 rust preventative which I have already applied. Unfortunately I should have applied this right after I applied the POR-15. Since it has completely cured POR-15 tech support told me to scuff it with 150 grit before I put on the bed liner. You need to apply two coats and there is a 3 – 4 hours wait time between coats and a 24 hour handling time. So this will take some time. I did the wheel wells first and then the bedsides and the roll pan. Tech support told me I can add more any time so after I get it all on the truck I will add some to the seams between the bedsides and the wheel wells.

        August 25, 2017

        For some unknown reason I decided to put the wood bed floor back on the truck before I install the bedsides. I read an article about doing it this way and it seemed logical. Getting all the boards and polished strips in place and lined up was a major task. I think the PO may have made these floor panels because there are only six frame mounting holes and every other wood floor I have seen use eight. For those extra mounting points I made brackets that mount to the frame and support the floor. I drilled two more holes in the wood panels, I wish I would have thought about this before I refinished the wood. In addition to these braces I added a couple 1/8 x 2” plates under the floor in two places running across the center section of the floor using the strip bolts to hold them in place. This does add a little more rigidity to the floor.

        August 27, 2017

        One thing I am still worried about is the rear wheels fitting now that I have lowered the truck. But the front bed panel has to be put before the side panels can be bolted on. The on-line instructions say to get a buddy to help. Anyone that knows me that is my last resort! With a cleaver system of 2x4’s, some clamps and Gorilla tape I was able to get it attached. Would it have been easier with help, oh hell yes! Unfortunately this pointed out an issue with the polished carriage bolts I bought. I either lost one of the ¼ bolts into the truck or I am one bolt short. I doubt I can find anything like this local but I have discovered it is really not that tough to polish these things. To avoid possible damage to the bedsides I will have one of my buddies come over to assist me getting the bedside and fender on to check for clearance.

        September 11, 2017

        After much too long I finally got the bedsides and fenders temporarily put back on. It did not go well. There were some “tolerance” issues with one of the bedsides but I was able to adjust to fit. All this still needs painted but before I do that I wanted to check for wheel clearance. Good thing I decide to do this because there are a few problems. The driver side tire is less than a half inch from hitting the bedside while the passenger tire is several inches away. Obviously I have done something wrong or the truck has a bent frame. I removed all the bed to frame bolts and shifted it all around to get the bed to sit square in relation to the tires. With that accomplished the bolts for the rear cross member are way off. At this point I am confused.

        September 16, 2017

        To get a little more clearance between the bed and the cab I bolter 2” angle brackets inside the frame the protrude about 2 inches past the end of the frame and bolted the rear cross member to those. Never having worked on one of these truck before I posted on the message board if it was possible to “slide” the rear end over the get proper spacing for my rear tires by simply loosening the U-bolts and pushing the whole thing over about an inch. The only answer was to adjust the panard bar! They also said to use a ratchet strap to pull the assembly to center. Since the panard bar only has an adjuster at one end. It took several attempts but eventually I got it perfect.