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Old 10-02-2018, 05:54 PM   #18091
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Costs too much for a decent paint job and I'm afraid I'd screw it up myself. Curious about vinyl wrapping.
I do my own body work and I've become pretty good at it. Materials are cheap but it's labor intensive. I'll do the work a little at a time while I continue to drive the vehicle. When I'm done, I strip the vehicle down as much as I can and then have it trailered to MAACO. I have them paint it for $500 - $700, trailer it home and I put it back together again.

I'm paying them for their spraying skills and the use of their oven. Its an economical way to get a vehicle looking good again. I've gone to regular body shops and they typically want $2,500 and up just to spray a vehicle.

I've built a temporary booth out of PVC pipe and plastic sheets and did the base coat/clear coat thing but won't do that again. The cost and aggravation plus the end results makes the MAACO option a lot more attractive.

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Old 10-02-2018, 06:28 PM   #18092
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Man, that headliner looks great. I'm surprised you got the plastic B pillars off without breaking something. When I tried to remove mine I broke a clip on each side and gave up, I didn't want to damage them any further. I ended up having to cut the headliner in half to get it out. I just left the back half off of it when I reinstalled.

Thanks, sir. Couldn't pass on it for $15 or so, and with the spare original headliner panel I can take my time when I recover it in the future. Will go Alcantara if I can't get the Pathfinder fabric. Pulling the back panels wasn't too bad. Tops of the bottom panels need to pop out so that they can be removed safely. Would be better with them out the truck completely. And my truck is 10yrs newer, so they're probably less brittle.


This before photo is actually pretty flattering because it's blurry and hides some of the splatter stains and small tears, and the driver visor covers most of the big hole that was right in front my face. My finger would go in it if I wasn't mindful when lowering the visor. Big ass bubble can be plainly seen though. Glad this POS is gone.



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Old 10-02-2018, 07:59 PM   #18093
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I do my own body work and I've become pretty good at it. Materials are cheap but it's labor intensive. I'll do the work a little at a time while I continue to drive the vehicle. When I'm done, I strip the vehicle down as much as I can and then have it trailered to MAACO. I have them paint it for $500 - $700, trailer it home and I put it back together again.

I'm paying them for their spraying skills and the use of their oven. Its an economical way to get a vehicle looking good again. I've gone to regular body shops and they typically want $2,500 and up just to spray a vehicle.

I've built a temporary booth out of PVC pipe and plastic sheets and did the base coat/clear coat thing but won't do that again. The cost and aggravation plus the end results makes the MAACO option a lot more attractive.

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That sounds like a good plan. I've heard horror stories about MAACO paint jobs turning out terrible or not lasting but it usually sounds like lack of prep and bad mask jobs with over spray every where.
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:51 AM   #18094
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Have pretty much decided that I will go the MAACO route just to get it all one color.

Worked in a body shop years back and if they will work with me will do the same and strip it all down and prep it myself.

The not so funny thing is that I still know guys in the business and even they will not "just spray it" for me. Which in a way I get and in other ways I don't get at all. Is what it is.

Put on the LEGO wheels and tires today.




Looks like after two hours on FB the old chrome set will most likely sell quick.

Also since quickly learning how to remove, clean, prep, bleed and re-install the KA24E hydraulic lifter/rockers ( after doing it three times ) about 95% of my tick has been eliminated.

The truck however still smokes worse than most diesel trucks around here so my next lesson might be the cylinder rope trick for the valve seals.
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:20 AM   #18095
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Well guys itís been awhile since I posted about my trucks. I been upgrading my 4x4 and Iím almost done with the interior on the 2wd. Also does anybody know anyone around the Mississippi area with a nice set of LEGO rims I can buy. I have searched high and low for a set at scrap yards but nothing.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:29 PM   #18096
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Have pretty much decided that I will go the MAACO route just to get it all one color.

Worked in a body shop years back and if they will work with me will do the same and strip it all down and prep it myself.

The not so funny thing is that I still know guys in the business and even they will not "just spray it" for me. Which in a way I get and in other ways I don't get at all. Is what it is.

Put on the LEGO wheels and tires today.




Looks like after two hours on FB the old chrome set will most likely sell quick.

Also since quickly learning how to remove, clean, prep, bleed and re-install the KA24E hydraulic lifter/rockers ( after doing it three times ) about 95% of my tick has been eliminated.

The truck however still smokes worse than most diesel trucks around here so my next lesson might be the cylinder rope trick for the valve seals.
When the truck is cold, stick your finger into the exhaust pipe and swirl it around. Are you coming up with dry black carbon powder, or wet oil? If it's carbon, it isn't oil leaking past the rings, but something else having to do with tune up issues.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:57 PM   #18097
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ahardbody did his seals with the rope trick and it sounded lime he had a great time...sarcasm! But the before and after pics showed why it was worth replacing them.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:06 PM   #18098
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Those lego wheels are just too cool. I'm with you guys on the cost of paint jobs... reason my truck has kept the crappy rattle can job one of the POs did to it is because getting someone to paint a vehicle costs so much. I know myself well enough to know I'd not do a good job on it trying to do it myself.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:53 PM   #18099
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Put on the LEGO wheels and tires today.
I'm the odd man here, but I think these chrome wheels look better with Grover's blue paint than the LEGO wheels.

Don't let my opinion change you, though! I'm just one dude with a warped perspective on ...everything!
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:33 PM   #18100
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I'm with you JP. Felt the same way when I saw the pics last night.



Only I didn't submit my unsolicited criticism because I'm not a fucking DICK.
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