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Old October 12th, 2015, 11:32 AM
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1963 Series 2A restoration details

Just picked this up on BaT.

The previous owner did a nice job but I'd like to spend some time and money on the details.

My goal is to work on the details with my son and enjoy it for a while then sell it hopefully at a profit to get something different to tool on.

I'm new to vintage LR's so I thought I'd run these things past you guys to see what you think about what I have in mind.

1. As you can see the front end is a series 3... I've found the correct fenders and grill which I plan on doing soon.

2. I believe the previous owner tried to match the marine blue (was originally bronze green) but obviously it ended up pretty light. Is it worth it to try and go through the hassle of repainting it correctly? The paint job quality wise is ok over all.

3. Unfortunately all the trim was also painted (looks to be spray paint....). I'd like to strip it and return the galvanized trim to it's previous glory.

4. Interior is ok but I'd like to properly sand and paint the instrument panel and get the instruments a little cleaner.

Overall the previous owner did a nice frame off restoration but I'd like to fine tune what may make this a bit more accurate and help increase the value. Any recommendations are much appreciated!
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Old October 12th, 2015, 12:33 PM
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Bring it back to original and then keep it...

Congratulations, it's very pretty...oh, and bring to Austin HH sometime
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Old October 12th, 2015, 12:45 PM
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Dash and steering wheel are late IIa. Probably too much to change to get it back to early IIa. It is a nice looking truck...I would just have fun with it.
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Old October 12th, 2015, 12:50 PM
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JSBriggs, it came with the oil bath so I'm going to add that and replace the carb. Any recommendations on a carb replacement? I saw the webber and zenith over at rovers north. What's the swivel hosing?

Yeah, the more I think about it I'll probably leave the panels as is.

cbfritz_0, thanks! When's the next HH? I'll definitely make it.
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Old October 12th, 2015, 12:56 PM
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Are you Austin, CO or TX?...just noticed the plate.
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Old October 12th, 2015, 12:58 PM
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I'm in Austin. Just had it shipped from Denver.
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Old October 12th, 2015, 01:29 PM
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Yay!! She's in ATX...hope to see y'all soon

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It is so far from original, I would just leave it the way it is. To get it back to original, you would basically have to completely redo the restoration.

All I would do is fit a late IIa metal grill.
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true.. for me the 2 musts would be the grille and the spray painted cappings.
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I don't mind the spray painted cappings. The odds of getting them off without damaging the respray paint on the body panels are slim to none and getting the right hammer rivets and getting them back on is not easy.

It is a fine looking truck so I would just enjoy it.
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Old October 12th, 2015, 03:25 PM
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I know and agree...but I like and would miss a little patina. I could see myself taping stuff off and getting after it with a Q-tip and paint thinner ....I'm weird like that..
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Old October 12th, 2015, 05:26 PM
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I cleaned a set of paint with a wire wheel and sandpaper, but at the age of the truck, they need to be redipped to look good.
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