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Customs A look at my friend Bruce's newly finished shop truck

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Chris, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    Super cool truck.
  2. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,359


    I'd like to see a picture of the Z in the frame if you have one please. Gorgeous truck!
  3. Great build pics, thanks for sharing, awesome truck!
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  4. SicSpeed
    Joined: Apr 23, 2014
    Posts: 651

    from Idaho

    Very nice F100
  5. resto-rodder
    Joined: Mar 20, 2009
    Posts: 56


    I like everything about Bruce's truck. It has the look and it drives nice too! He gave me a ride in his new shop truck last weekend. I am still smiling, it is so cool.
  6. Rice n Beans Garage
    Joined: Dec 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,488

    Rice n Beans Garage

  7. Very cool! Check it @Kevin Lee , another Z-ed F-1/100!
  8. Nice F100, looks to good to be a shop truck, now you'll have to get a beater,lol.
  9. Hey thanks for the details. If you don't mind, I'd appreciate a little bit of clarification – So you moved both the front and rear axle on top of the springs, right? No other suspension mods? How much did you raise the steering box? If the Z in the frame in the front, back or both? If it's Z'd in the back, is the bed floor raised? Thanks!
  10. Pics of the modified frame

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  11. And some more detail pics

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  12. Xtrom
    Joined: Mar 23, 2010
    Posts: 947

    from Forman, ND

  13. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    Oh wow....that is suh-weeeet......that color is fantastic....nice job man!!!;)
  14. oldsjoe
    Joined: May 2, 2011
    Posts: 2,526


    One helluva COOL truck! It is a 56 correct? I like the whole enchilada very nicely done! Joe
  15. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    And the award for best ever use of Merc tailights in a supporting role goes to...
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  16. So it looks like the kick is just in the rear. Is there a c-notch in the front? Is the front lowered by just the spring flip? Do you have a picture of the bed floor to accommodate the rear kick?
  17. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,241

    Atwater Mike

    Beautiful '55, Bruce! ('56 grille compliments chrome bumper)
    My '55 F100 was close to your color when I got it, (had '50 Merc taillights, an F100 friend talked me out of them for his!)
    Nice frame trick on rear, very subtle.
    Mine has a '58 front axle, wife built a pair of reversed eye, flattened springs to go with it. (Broke a Monoleaf...No more o' THAT jazz...)
    Mine has a 350/350 also, was a gift from a customer. Great combo, kept my F100 center crossmember!
    Two of my sons also have '55 F100s... (three Germans can't be wrong!)
  18. F-head
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 608


    Its actually a 53 with a craigslist old chrome 56 grill
    the rear is a 5" z right behind the bed front and reversed eye main leafs
    the front is just moved to the top with a C notch and I boxed that area
    the big hump in the frame shown in the pic is for the steering box raise
    It ended up being bigger than I normally would have made it but the frame was severely damaged in that area so thats a large 3/16 fish plate. also the front horns were hacked off so I made new ones, hence the little diamond fishplate
    the bed floor only had to come up 3 1/2" because there is xtra space in there stock and I crowded the floor to the top of the frame nobody has even noticed that its raised up
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  19. porkchop4464
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 740


    So, am I right to think that cutting any gallon of Rustoleum with lacquer thinner and putting in some Napa hardener will get a passable paint job? What percentage are you cutting for the easier non-flake Rustoleum? How much hardener and specific name? Sorry for all the questions, but I would like to fool around with my kids 4 foot steel speeder car. I have cheap knock-off gun as well (40 pounds of pressure)?

  20. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
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  21. F-head
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 608


    Im using napa PIH50 hardner 30 bux a quart
    and AcmeFT220 Lacquer thinner, they have the Acme thinner on sale at our local Napa ocasionaly for 36 bux for 5 gallons, dont try to use home depot or Ace laq thinner .use only paint grade laq thinner
    I have no experience with brand name rustoleum, only Ace rust stop.but I think its the same shit
    but they have a mixing bank at Ace and will match any color, the metallic color I mixed comes out satin, because of all the aluminum particles in it, but the solid color Ruststop W/hardner comes out as glossy as any old style enamel job
    I use about 2/3 of a cup paint 1/8 cup hardner and the rest thinner
    but its pretty forgivable
    I suggest testing it on something first
    I dont use any etch prime ,sealer ,epoxy,DP, or any of that shit, just acrylic laq primer
    I worked in a body shop from1976 till about 83, none of that shit existed
    I still mud over clean bare metal
    acrylic laq prime over that, or if Im lazy I use Napa polyprime then piss coat it with acrylic lacquer primer
    and paint right over that
    but Im a cheapskate and I figure those big paint companies just want our money
    I dont even use wax and grease remover but I make sure my hands are clean
    and I dont allow any silicone shit in my shop
    I believe the less shit under your paint the better
    but that is just my opinion
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  22. F-head
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 608


    oh and If you paint anything yellow out in the driveway you will have 5000 bugs in it
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  23. porkchop4464
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 740


    Thanks, so much for the info~ Awesome job!
  24. porkchop4464
    Joined: Jan 20, 2009
    Posts: 740


    Plus have a yellow damn driveway you gotta deal with. Been there.
  25. With the hood on

  26. putz
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 537

    from wisc.

    sweet !! that is what hot rodding is all about ! thank you
  27. F-head
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 608


    hey Chris thanks for putting that pic with the hood on here
    the hood on these things is a bitch
    a friend gave me this hood cause it had fallen over on its top when stored standing up and the top was caved in
    but it was rust free so I repaired it
    fits OK for never being on this truck before
    a little more tweaking and it should be pretty good
    side glass and a white tonneau and chain covers and ill be ready to get back on old cars
  28. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,964

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    Nailed it, good eye,love the interior material.
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  29. F-head
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 608


    got about 600 miles on it now and couldnt be happier with the way it drives
    no bump steer problems with the raised steering box
    even with the bias plys it does great on the freeway

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