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Old September 4th, 2013, 12:49 PM
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Wow - that is quite a transformation. Hard to believe that wasn't resprayed or at least partially painted.

Need to wait on the detailing to come to a final decision. Argument in favor of painting that I am getting is the combination of: a number of parts being off the truck already, being in the shop of a guy who paints defenders for a living, and the idea that painting a 1 owner truck from Texas with no stories does nothing but improve the value - debatable in my mind, unless it really needs it. Either case this is a 100k mile truck, not one with 25k, and the last two cars I've purchased I've had for 15 years, so this one isn't going anywhere.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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I can attest to the portofino red cleaning up nicely with some elbow grease.

REALLY? Of all the things you do to your trucks (which you know I admire btw) I have never once seen the paint shine Except for the white one of course!!
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Old September 4th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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Except for the white one of course!!
Was that your elbow grease to justify the commission?
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Old September 4th, 2013, 01:03 PM
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REALLY? Of all the things you do to your trucks (which you know I admire btw) I have never once seen the paint shine Except for the white one of course!!
That seems right. He did use his elbows all around the truck. Still trying to figure out what the grease was used for...

Back on topic: looks great! Definitely replace the oil cooler lines (see my other posts about great alternatives to the not-necessary braided setup).
I would not touch anything else until you know what's needed for sure. Those trucks are easy to work with and with plenty of advice from this forum you can do it yourself or walk any mechanic on how to troubleshoot/repair it.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 01:57 PM
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Brian, you should seriously try wash, clay bar, then wax it before spending a penny on paint. You will be surprised.

Jonesy, I can't get my kids to wash it decently let alone get a shine going. If I ever saw a lack of detail in a task.... But I can't deny a wash by me means a powerwash and nothing else

But here is what she could look like after $12k of body work

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And I'm not kidding. I just sent an estimate from a local body shop to the county to try get them to back off on their new assessments.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 06:05 PM
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They look better faded in my view.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 06:10 PM
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And I'm not kidding. I just sent an estimate from a local body shop to the county to try get them to back off on their new assessments.
We need to start sharing all those assessment numbers to try to get the county to get ALL our assessments down! Did not think about body shop estimates. Thinking about getting them to help me justify a frame swap (I saw over the weekend that I made a big dent on the chassis, likely during the climb of the rock garden at The cove).
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Old September 6th, 2013, 06:35 PM
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Wow - that is quite a transformation. Hard to believe that wasn't resprayed or at least partially painted.
Nope, no respray. Even after it spent 3 years sitting out in Chicago weather it looked like that after a detailing.

Thanks for posting pics of my truck Josh.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 02:18 PM
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update

A little update. Went ahead with the respray (I am still not convinced it was the right decision) since there were a series of hail dents in the hood, and because the full doors were being fitted (among other less significant reasons).

New tires, bilsteins, oil cooler lines, NPR exhaust, LED lights.. looking forward to actually driving it at some point (still don't have it).
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Old December 17th, 2013, 02:31 PM
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Looks good in the photo!!
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Old December 17th, 2013, 02:34 PM
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Looks nice. Where did you have it repainted?
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Old December 18th, 2013, 09:27 AM
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Thanks - It was done by a guy down in Alabama that works with the Adventure Motor Cars guys.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 09:46 AM
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Oh OK so it's not even up here yet?
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Old December 18th, 2013, 10:38 AM
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Nope - has taken forever. Trans needed to be rebuilt before any of the rest of the work could commence, but needless to say, it has been much longer than it should have been.

Starting to wonder if I should have just bought a decent 100k mile '97 and been driving it for the past three months....
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Old March 5th, 2014, 01:27 PM
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finally in the drive way

Glad it is finally here in time for some warm weather.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 03:54 PM
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Well the debate might go on but whatever... -That looks great!!!!!!
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whoever did the work did an amazing job...that truck looks very very nice.
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