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04/24/2016 at #7587
Next, many paint booth loads of parts would be cleaned, hung on racks, masked, and painted with the appropriate coatings. Most parts received black epoxy and then a black Imron industrial coating.04/26/2016 at #759805/04/2016 at #7615
With the cab off the frame, it was easier to access some of the areas that required metal finishing. These included filling unused holes on the firewall and finishing off the rear cut-out over the frame rails.
The finished firewall was primed and painted with Imron satin black.05/07/2016 at #7619
Once the chassis parts were cured, the crew then began the reassembly of all the chassis and suspension components. We installed a new set of Bilstein shock absorbers, new brake rotors and pads, new suspension bushings where they were needed, and made the chassis a roller once again.
The chassis almost looks square with the wheels and tires bolted on!
The bottom of the cab was stripped clean, and treated to our epoxy and Imron coating process. Then, it was coated with 3M Body Protection coating to reduce noise and prevent stone chips.05/07/2016 at #7620
Inside the cab, the crew scuffed the old paint and repaired metal were necessary. After seam sealing, the interior black surfaces were all restored with new satin black paint.
The gray is a high-solids primer sprayed on the areas to be block-sanded smooth.05/07/2016 at #7621
After the inside was sanded and painted black, the cab went back on the frame for the last time.
The engine was in excellent condition, so the crew merely degreased it and did some minor disassembly for better paint application.05/07/2016 at #7622
Aluminum parts like the supercharger and transmission were cleaned and masked, then they were sprayed with Eastwood nano ceramic high temperature engine paint. They were sprayed in satin silver to keep an aluminum look, but now they will stay this way without corroding the way cast aluminum does.
12/04/2016 at #8372
With most of the pieces painted, it was time to start putting the truck back together. The crew began by reinstalling the wiring harnesses, ECMs, relay centers, Vintage Air Equipment and ductwork in the dash.12/04/2016 at #837312/04/2016 at #8374
The supercharged 5.4 liter V8 was reassembled with it’s freshly detailed parts, including new gaskets and wrinkle coated valve covers, new gaskets for the supercharger assembly, and other detailed pieces. The supercharger has been upgraded with a higher RPM pulley for increased compression. The goal was to install as many connectors, harnesses, hoses and hard lines as possible while the engine was on the stand to make installation go quicker.12/04/2016 at #8375
The radiator core support was built on a stand before it was installed in the truck as an assembly. The core support assembly consists of the support, radiator, electric cooling fans, fan controller, steering reservoir, AC condenser core, oil cooler, and coolant reservoirs. The supercharger heat exchanger would be attached after the core support was installed.12/04/2016 at #837612/04/2016 at #8377
The core support assembly was installed, and then the heat exchanger was added. The new brake lines were put back in place, as well as the master cylinder and Hydratech hydraulic brake booster unit. The factory 2002 Lightning anti-lock brake module and hardware was installed, which remained functional in the 1969 truck.12/05/2016 at #8378
Underneath the truck cab, the 4R100 electronic overdrive sits comfortably on it’s new mount.
Topside, the pieces are coming back together, like the power steering and hydroboost lines and the fabricated cover for the radiator and coolers.
Wiring is hidden below the inner fender, which will all be tidied up and protected with a the new splash shields. AC and heater lines route through as well.
The driver side hides the forward harness lines in a similar fashion.
Here, the painted air intake is reinstalled, along with the throttle and cruise control cables.
Hoses are kept tight with Gates heat shrink clamps.12/05/2016 at #8379
The inner fenders and grille assembly are reinstalled.
Inside, the Dakota Digital VHX gauge system is reinstalled in a restored dash bezel. Heat and sound deadener is installed.
The stock hood hinges were rebuilt for more precise operation and painted with Axalta Imron.
The hood is reinstalled, and LED headlights will light the way with many more lumens than the original bulbs!
The vintage air runs off a stock controller with a new lens.
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