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Old 04-26-2007, 07:43 PM
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Default Finally found my new project

Tuesday i found an ad on Denver post for a 72 here in boulder, went and looked at and bought it took it home yesterday. Its completely bone stock, its in really good shape (besides the rear 1/4 & fender) She runs like a champ, and everything works. Im also getting a butt load of extra parts (basically another cruiser) Something i was surprised to find when i got home was some original owners manuals and a bag filled with all the receipts/service records dating back to the first owner, It was purchased here in boulder and hasn't left, thought that was cool
So Ive started stripping it down, i want to do a frame off resto. I just learned how to weld and have never done anything this big, so this will be a HUGE learning experience for me.
Here are some pics i took on Wed when i brought it home.
ANY info/Help/criticism would be MUCH appreciated as this is the first time ive ever done anything like this. Let me know what you guys think.

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Old 04-26-2007, 08:28 PM
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Congrats BC looks like a great project
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:33 PM
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Yeah baby looks like a great project! Let's see, judging by Buckroseau on MUD, you should have this done no later than the end of this summer! j/k make sure to have fun with it!
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:39 PM
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Thanks guys! I wish i could get her done by then that would be sweet, Ill shoot for it
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:57 PM
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Whats the cheapest way to get the hood/fenders back to bare metal? Sand blasting, grinding, sanding....? Are there any places where i shouldnt use a grinder?
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:21 PM
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Media blasting is best on anything not rusted. Sand blasting will get rid of the rust.

Looks real nice. Do you mind sharing how much $$ you gave for that thing? Just curious. You can PM me if you don't want to post it.

Mr. Zepp has a nice write up of his frame off resto here: http://Rzeppa.org
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:24 PM
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Don't use a grinder on any external surfaces...I used an angle grinder with a wire wheel on things like skid plates, engine components (valve cover etc.), the inside of the hardtop which I didn't really care about. I'm pretty sure sand blasting is much much faster though.
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Thanks for the link
I meant angle grinder my bad. So i shouldn't angle grind the body to get the paint and surface rust off?

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Thanks for the link
I paid 2k for everything, i thought it was fair, ive been searching around for awhile and couldn't find anything that wasn't covered in rust for cheaper than 1.5k, and if i did someone would snatch out from under me right away. I also figured i could sell off some of the parts.

I meant angle grinder my bad. So i shouldn't angle grind the body to get the paint and surface rust off?
2k's not too bad for a runner. Blasting of some kind would probably be best. You can do it yourself if you have a decent compressor, but make sure to get a really good respirator. Silica sand is bad to inhale.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:54 PM
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Check out the FJ45 LPB restoration and the FJ45 LV restoration on MUD as well as Jeff Zepp's restoration - those should at least give you an idea of what other people are doing. There's lots of other resto threads on MUD, but I'm pretty sure I haven't seen one using an angle grinder to get the paint off the body. If for no other reason, it would take forever, but it might not leave the finish/texture you want for primer/paint and a nice smooth finish after topcoat.
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