View Full Version : Wrecks to Riches 94 P'up

12-12-2011, 08:25 PM
I'll try to keep the boring chatter to a minimum. A few people here knew I had this but its done and up for sale now so I just thought you folks might appreciate the details. Im moving this over from a local forum.

I picked this up from an insurance auction exactly as you see it.

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4" trailmaster lift, 33x12.5's on 10" alloys. 148K original miles, 22RE.

It had a little unibody damage just behind the core support and buckled the inner fender under the battery a little. It leaked oil like crazy while running, no drips on shut off, and the front brakes were SHOT.

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Looks like a rear main based on where the oil collects.
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the oil just spreads out and has coated the underside of this greasy pig
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Ive seen worse carpet, but this will come out for cleaning
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Door card and seal mangled.
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tailgate is mangled and handle doesnt work. have to open it from the inside.
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comes with a few parts! new grill, bumper, fender, lower valance, 4.80 pumpkins for front and rear, and some other odds and ends that were taken off the truck for its insurance inspection.
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The budget for this project is a $1000.

12-12-2011, 08:25 PM
First things first, I wanted to be able to drive it around so I pulled the unibody damage out and put the front end back together. The unibody was a slight wrinkle behind the core support, behind the headlight. I simply put that corner under traction using a come along and applied a little heat and some heavy persuasion and got everything back where I thought it lined up pretty good again. Sorry no pictures of my super secret methods.

After the skeleton issues were dealt with I went ahaed and reassembled the front end and prefit the fender (it would come back off for painting)

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the lower valance came prepainted in factory color and after a little tweaking here and there everything lined up pretty well
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I dont have a picture of it before, but the hood had been splashed by battery acid so it was going to need repaint. I also picked up a replacement tailgate that was in much better shape. I had to delete the logo stickers and fill a couple small dings here and there, but it fit the budget.
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Primer/surfacer is on
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Keeping the woodstove blasting helps make winter work bearable.
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The first thing to get color was the tailgate. I have only used my gun setup once before (on my bike) and I was using a different paint this time. I was left with a bit of orange peal.
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Considering my experience and working conditions I didnt think it was too bad. It was just a test run of my painting equipment really anyway and it just meant a little more color sanding anyway. After color sanding and buffing it looked pretty good and a vast improvement over what was there:

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About a week later I finally managed to get color on the hood and fender. This time the spraying went a bit better. Despite ONE DAMN FLY that decided to kamakazi into my basecoat, the overall results were quite satisfying.
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dont I look satisfied?
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12-12-2011, 08:26 PM
So I did a little wet sanding and an initial buff and installed the hood and fender on the truck

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Carpet was pulled, cleaned and reinstalled:
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Seat was pulled, and I pulled the covers off the frames and laundered them. If I had a little more budget I would have gone to buckets, but this seat was perfectly serviceable:
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the advantage of going to the same guy for my junkyard parts whenever possible is sometimes I get really good treatment. I managed to get a door card and seal for absolutely nothing. The door card was soaking wet and an slightly warped, but several days near the woodstove with some cinder blocks on it and it dried perfectly straight.

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A final go round with my buffer and the paint was really shining. This is my very first pearl or metallic paint job. Im very happy with the results:
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Then the whole truck got a good detail:
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The paint wasnt a perfect match. Its a little deeper color. But for a "wheeler" I didnt think it really mattered.
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And that completed the cosmetic portion of the job:
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12-12-2011, 08:26 PM
I didnt really take any interesting pictures of the mechanical work. I swapped out the gears for the 4.80's. The rear was easy, the front was a bit of a nightmare. Those carriers are awfully damn heavy and hard to manipulate around.

I found a bad CV boot while in there so I replaced that, and the front brakes were completely redone with reman calipers and new rotors and ceramic pads.

The oil turned out to NOT be the rear main but something really stupid. The oil filter wasnt as tight as it should be. I didnt actually discover this until I went to replace the oil pressure sender. I went ahead and pulled the oil pan and ditched the cork in favor of FIPG. After all that and an oil change and some diligent pressure washing, I got the underside looking nice again and ZERO leakage.

Here is a complete list of all the parts and supplies I bought for the truck

1 Used Tailgate (B&R Auto wrecking) 75.00
2 Disc brake caliper @41.99ea. 83.98
1 Misc hardware (Napa Auto Parts) 31.14
2 Front brake rotor @36.98ea. 73.96
1 Front brake pads, ceramic, premium 45.87
1 Brake cleaner 4.38
1 Prestone 50/50 7.44
1 Half time premium body filler 22.19
1 hardener 3.88
25 Sanding disks @.88ea. 22.00
1 Scuff pad 1.98
1 Oil pressure switch 58.99
1 CV driveshaft 49.99
1 CV driveshaft core 11.00
5 QT 5/30 valvoline semi-syn @4.49ea. 22.45
1 Napa gold oil filter 4.84
2 Shop towels @2.69ea. 5.38
1 Tube of FIPG (John and Phil's Toyota) 15.99
1 Gal. Lacquer Thinner 14.99
1 Qt Primer surfacer 14.99
1 Qt. Reducer 8.09
2 Pack w/d 1500grit sandpaper @2.99ea. 5.98
1 Qt. Omni Basecoat 47.69
1 Qt Medium reducer 11.79
1 Qt Hi-Gloss Muli-panel clear 21.74
1 Qt topcoat hardener 51.14
1 Qt 2K sealer 28.26
1 1/2pt. sealer hardener 18.48
1 Gal. Wax/Grease remover 24.73
4 Mixing cups @.43ea. 1.72
1 Qt Swirl remover 14.88
1 Qt medium cleaner compound 13.88

TOTAL $819.00

So I came in under budget! Thats rare for me.

*These trucks are like gold here in the NW. I asked a rediculous price for the truck and sold it within a few days for a net profit of around $1800. *

12-12-2011, 09:42 PM
Nice! I have a '92 V6 with the factory 4.56 gears and 31s. Plan on doing a 3.4L (5VZ) swap and all sorts of other madness with lockers, trail armor and fibreglass etc.

Good trucks.

Aaron Willis
12-12-2011, 09:45 PM
Damn. Impressive work, and a nice result to boot. Well done. Looks like I am in the wrong business.

12-12-2011, 10:35 PM
That is most definitely some nice work. :)

12-12-2011, 11:39 PM
You damn hippie.

You do such good work. Great job man!

12-12-2011, 11:49 PM
When my 4th gen is done Ima ship it to you....

12-13-2011, 02:02 AM
Thanks guys! I was kinda lazy on this one and, lesson learned, never try to paint in the dead of winter without a heated/ventilated booth. I actually ended up getting a case of cyanide poisoning from the 2K paint I used. Im back to just doing detail jobs for now and will be prepping my 6th gen for sale this spring. Also made a contract job with a customer to do 4 restorations for him this next year. Hes got a 65 Galaxy 500 unrestored original, a couple early 60's T-birds and a Hillman Minx that all need some special attention, so that should keep me pretty busy.

Got a new dog and SWTOR is releasing this week so Im gonna just hibernate for the winter though ...and just be a hippie! ;)

12-13-2011, 02:11 AM
They had a GORGEOUS 66' Galaxie at the PAP a couple months back. Real shame that car ended up in there. Great shape.

12-13-2011, 03:29 AM
hot damn! always amazed by your work :)

12-13-2011, 04:05 AM

I love the 89 - 95 trucks, they're my favorite body style.
I'm planning on sticking a 1UZFE in mine when the engine dies.

12-13-2011, 05:01 AM
Dang, you are one resourceful dude. Looks great :)