72 C10 progress

Syclone3Mt

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Well finally shot some SPI epoxy on the 72 C-10 this weekend. I feel like I'm making progress on this build. Have had the truck for 3 years. Started off as a rusty long box. Converted to a short box and did an LS swap. Repaired all the common rust areas and got it all together and drove it for a summer and now it's all torn apart again and getting some paint. Cant wait to finally get it done. Have SPI orange and white paint that I got this week. Doing the two tone like the factory Cheyenne trucks with the upper and lower trim. Just have a bunch of priming and blocking to go, but hopefully within the next 4-6 weeks it will have paint. Not much else to do with being "Quarantined" in the garage haha. I love the forum and it gives me motivation seeing everyones builds and progress they have made. I'll post more pics as progress continues.
 

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Syclone3Mt

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My wife was nice and even gave up her spot in the garage and let me build a paint booth also. Works great!
 

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sprint_9

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Wow I love the direction with your garage, I had visions of something very similar in mine.

Are your front fenders aftermarket? How did you like them?

I'm excited to follow along.
 

Syclone3Mt

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Wow I love the direction with your garage, I had visions of something very similar in mine.

Are your front fenders aftermarket? How did you like them?

I'm excited to follow along.

Thanks. I made the booth so the walls could be removed in sections and easily re-installed if I ever want to paint again. Fenders are aftermarket, took a little to get them to fit right but they line up pretty good. Panel gaps are decent. Couldn't find a decent pair of stock fenders where Im at that were worth restoring. Same with my doors. Sprint, your truck is looking amazing! Ive been following your build. Your work has inspired me to get by A$$ is gear haha.
 

MDPotter

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I have 4" drop springs but only ended up with just over 3", do you know how much you got out of them?

I cut (1) full coil off the stock front springs and got at least 2". I wish I could lower the rear some more, but I could also get 1" drop springs and probably raise the front a little and be happy. But that's down the road.

Looking back, I almost wish I went for the flip kit. I was expecting more drop from the drop leafs.
 

Syclone3Mt

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I have 4" drop springs but only ended up with just over 3", do you know how much you got out of them?

I cut (1) full coil off the stock front springs and got at least 2". I wish I could lower the rear some more, but I could also get 1" drop springs and probably raise the front a little and be happy. But that's down the road.

Looking back, I almost wish I went for the flip kit. I was expecting more drop from the drop leafs.

I got a full 4" drop with my rear leaf springs. To be honest it was too much for me, the back was lower than the front, so I installed a 1/2" block on leaf spring to raise it. Now I think it looks way better.
 

Syclone3Mt

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I know I’m way ahead of the game, but got a gallon of SPI Orange in the mail today. This paint is gonna look sweet!! I’m excited
 

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Syclone3Mt

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I made an exhaust system using a furnace blower motor. (2000 CFM). Wired it so I have 3 speeds. Mounted fan in my attic and it exhaust out my roof. I cut in (2) 20x25 filter grills in ceiling of booth. It’s a permanent system but I do a lot of welding and wood work so it will be nice having an exhaust system in the garage when I'm doing projects. I wish I had a picture with all the duct system hooked up, but it was getting warm in the attic so I didn't get any pics with it all done. System works really good.
 

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Machspeed

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That's interesting! So to confirm, that squirrel cage blower motor is pulling those fumes and such up and exhausting it to the outside of your roof? Intake air coming in through all those filters placed down low in your earlier pics, I presume? I gotta ask, and I'm not trying to be a smart azz, but is that motor explosion proof? I'm trying to convert my shop so I can paint in and I'm reading a lot of stuff in this particular area. Some say over hyped, others say differently.

I bought the below ventilator fan the other day from Amazon and it is not explosion proof either. I'll probably pic up another one after I see how this pulls. I'll filter them and pull fumes out at the bottom of my garage door through a fabbed wall, if that makes sense.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZXADK...colid=1RQN2U4NUJ1K&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it
 

Syclone3Mt

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That's interesting! So to confirm, that squirrel cage blower motor is pulling those fumes and such up and exhausting it to the outside of your roof? Intake air coming in through all those filters placed down low in your earlier pics, I presume? I gotta ask, and I'm not trying to be a smart azz, but is that motor explosion proof? I'm trying to convert my shop so I can paint in and I'm reading a lot of stuff in this particular area. Some say over hyped, others say differently.

I bought the below ventilator fan the other day from Amazon and it is not explosion proof either. I'll probably pic up another one after I see how this pulls. I'll filter them and pull fumes out at the bottom of my garage door through a fabbed wall, if that makes sense.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZXADK...colid=1RQN2U4NUJ1K&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it


Its not an explosion proof motor. Honestly, Ive painted before with air handler/furnace motors that I've converted to exhaust with no issues. I do HVAC for a living and its the startup of the motor that could potentially present a possible ignition source. I ALWAYS have the fan running before painting and change the filters in the ceiling before every round of painting. So far so good.
 

Syclone3Mt

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Years ago, I knew a fellow who painted laquer with a pot bellied stove in his paint booth. He told me once when the over spray got real heavy, he could hear the stove "huffing". Evidently it takes a lot to be combustible. It may have happened but I have never known of a paint booth exploding.

John


Your right, It would take a lot to have the air so flammable to cause an explosion. Im sure someone has done it tho haha. The air is very diluted in the booth. Im moving 2000 CFM in my booth. For the size of my booth and CFM, Im doing an air exchange per minute.
 

Chris_Hamilton

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Most (all?) paint booth motors are not explosion proof either. They are what they call "non sparking" meaning the fan blades are aluminum so if there is catastrophic fan failure that whirring blade isn't sparking.
Like John, I've known of several guys who would paint with a wood stove and never had issues. Me I would never do that, but it takes a lot more than you would think to have a explosion. Think of all the fuel oil forced air space heaters that get used in a paint environment.
Gasoline is a different story. Any time you are working with gasoline and any significant amount of gas vapor you want to not have any ignition sources around at all. Gasoline and a wood stove in a mechanic's garage are a deadly combination. I know of two different guys who died in explosions/fires in their shop because of gas and a wood stove. Gas vapor can be deadly. Like John I have never heard of a paint booth exploding due to paint vapor.

Nice job on your booth BTW.:)
 

Syclone3Mt

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Quick question for anyone out there. Im using a kind of cheap ATD paint gun for my SPI epoxy primer with a 1.4 tip. I just played down my final coat of SPI 2k primer tonight. Tomorrow I will do my final blocking and then I'm ready to seal the cab with Epoxy again before shooting my orange base coat. I just bought a Devilbiss Tekna Prolite gun that I am going to use for my base and clear. Should I use my Tekna gun for my last sealer coat of epoxy before base, or is that a bad idea....? I just want this paint job to turn out really nice. Im an amateur painter at best. I know guys have dedicated guns for primer/base/clear etc....Just wasn't sure. And also, any recommendations for painting SPI Orange with my Tekna as far as tip size (1.3 or 1.4). This paint was expensive so I don't have to many tries at it.
 
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