87 XLT - Factory Optioned Restoration


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Looks like undercoating on that fuel tank. Same as my truck. Real tar-like stuff. Really sticky, hard to remove, generally just a nightmare to deal with.



GB :)
I bedlined my replacement tank. :D
 


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I bedlined my replacement tank. :D
2 part epoxy?

If not, then you just painted it. Most bedliner products, especially the cheaper ones, are just a simple PE paint, and not any stronger or longer lasting than any other normal paint.
 

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2 part epoxy?

If not, then you just painted it. Most bedliner products, especially the cheaper ones, are just a simple PE paint, and not any stronger or longer lasting than any other normal paint.
Puff can.

Its a little thicker than paint which I liked since it lives on a gravel road. Too thick and you get into fitment issues.

I was mainly concerned about dirt sitting on top the tank and rotting it out. It seems to hold up a lot better than plain paint for grilleguards and rollbars too.
 

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Looking good.
 

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Looks good, nice that your straps survived.
Thanks! They were fully intact...just dirty.

Looks like undercoating on that fuel tank. Same as my truck. Real tar-like stuff. Really sticky, hard to remove, generally just a nightmare to deal with.
Extremely sticky. I won't say how many hours I spent on that tank...

Looking good.
Thanks!

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This truck rolled off the Louisville assembly line on Feb 4, 1987. Thirty-two years later and she's back on an assembly line of sorts...with the end more visible every day.

Everything's back together on the back end minus the spare tire carrier...still need to source a spare tire. P205/75R14 SL tires aren't as common as they once were.

From the driver's side...notice the undercoating overspray Bird76Mojo speaks of above on the back of the cab . Trying to figure out how to remove it and keep the original paint undamaged.



From the back...debating what to do with the exhaust...it now sticks out.



From the passenger side.



And the bumper's restored and ready to go back in place.





Capped off with a reminder of warmer weather just around the corner. We hit close to -50F with wind chill last week.

 

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It was fresh but I had good luck getting new bedliner off with bug and tar remover...

Have the rear bumper rechromed or what did you do?

Looking sharp as always :icon_thumby:
 

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This is such a fun thread. Seeing the love put back into the truck makes me want to do it one day. For now, I'm rocking the Sawzall to get this damn coyote swap running.
 


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