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Old July 10th, 2011, 08:45 AM
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Swiss 110-Before and After

Well, after waiting a few years to get my 110 shipped to the US, I finaly got it. Bought it from a guy in Switzerland while I was stationed in Germany, back in 2007. I picked up the truck last March and started working on it immediately. Here is what it looked like.... enjoy the colors!!

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Old July 10th, 2011, 08:57 AM
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Love the colors

Rust?

Plans for it?
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Old July 10th, 2011, 09:06 AM
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The original color was orange, as the truck started out as a city/public works vehicle for the city of Zurich. Then someone bought it and decided to paint some stripes on it. This probably explained why no one was buying it...
As far as rust, The doors were not too bad. Footwells were shot. The frame was very solid, I thought, until I removed the front crossmember...(more to follow)
In 4 months of work, I have completely stripped and rebuilt the 110 in my one car garage (on post military housing). I will post pictures of the work as I get them converted so that they are not too large to upload on here.

As of today, I am almost finished with it, expecting to start driving it when my seats return from the upholstery shop.
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Old July 10th, 2011, 09:10 AM
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Here is a picture of the rear door. Someone stole my spare during shipping...Nice.
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Old July 12th, 2011, 10:03 AM
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Chassis to blast and powdercoat. A few pics of the facility where the frame was blasted and painted, and back in the garage for reassembly.
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Old July 12th, 2011, 03:29 PM
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NICE!
So when you powder coat, do it fill the insides of the frame also?
I understand that its drawn to the steel.

VERY NICE! you now have a CLEAN SLATE
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Old July 12th, 2011, 04:24 PM
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I would fill the inside of the frame with waxoyl now as they rust inside out. Looks like you are doing a proper job of things! I hope you plan to keep the orange paint as it is really a nice color with the white roof.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 02:31 PM
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Here is a shot of the tight working space in the garage. Also a couple of the firewall shots. Had a local welding shop cut, bend and weld some brand new, heavy duty steel to replace both footwells.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 02:34 PM
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Stripping paint + new footwells installed in the firewall.
Repaired Firewall and new Tposts (from Stephen) getting a few coats of primer.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 02:54 PM
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So you're the guy Stephen was telling me about. Congrats, man. I am moving to Rucker in a week, and I'm bringing my 110 with me. It was a Swiss 110 in a former life, too!
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Old July 14th, 2011, 04:59 PM
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Yeah Stephen mentioned your name as well. I`m probably going to leave Rucker soon (been here long enough). Hope to see you when you get there.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 06:39 PM
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More pictures. Chassis reassembly and paint stripping on the tub.
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Francois, what method are you using to strip paint from the aluminum body?

I need to do the same on my truck.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 07:36 PM
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I used this gel-like chemical called aircraft remover, and also this other kind called tal-strip from mar-hyde(3m). You can get a one gallon can for about 30 bucks at your local car part store(like advance). It took 2 or 3 cans to do the whole thing. I used a 2 inch paint brush to apply about one SQ foot at a time. Leave it sit and you`ll see it bubble. I used a 1 1/2 inch flexible putty knife to gently scrape the area. Repeat if theres paint left on it.
Be sure to wear gloves and proper clothing/protection B/C this stuff burns. Also dont go cheap and buy the paint stripper from home improvement stores... not near as effective....(so I`ve heard..
As you scrape, collect the spent paint/stripper in a bucket and dispose at your local hazmat place.
When you are done with a panel/section, used a pressure washer and some aluminum brite to remove any contaminants left over (or it will ruin your paintjob).
Stripping paint takes a long time (took me 3 weeks) but its worth it in the end, as you avoid overheating your metal with prolonged sanding etc...
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With a Swiss 110, I had to go with a Swiss-themed paint... Zermatt Silver.
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Thank you, Francois!!
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Old July 15th, 2011, 10:34 PM
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Francois:

Impressed you're pulling this off in the space allotted...makes me contemplate bumping up my chassis swap plan on the Series in my garage! Good luck, great thread so far.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 08:58 AM
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Jason,
The only thing I used to do the heavy work is an engine crane. I was able to slide the chassis onto a trailer to take it to blasting. Everything else was done by hand. Work space was tight and I did use part of my dinning room as a parts storage overflow for painted pieces...
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Old July 18th, 2011, 01:54 PM
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Rear door.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 03:05 PM
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Headliner in Light gray tweed. better than the old shaggy carpet.
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