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Marcus, with what you've done, about twice around the block will be enough. I'm going to offer my opinion even though you don't need it. I wouldn't risk the exposure to the bare metal anymore than I had to. If you're going to epoxy prime it, I'm ok with that for short term. Your metal work is beautiful but there's always pits and spots to deal with. It would be a shame to have to blast the truck before painting and deal with the after effects of that before painting. When I was younger, we got away with bare metal for a while. Things were wet sanded over and over with no obvious affects. Now, a finger print or a moist breath is enough to cause rust. You've made good decisions all along on this so take my opinion as just that. :)
 

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I like that Tank Green color a lot. Enough so, if I keep my 95 ZJ, I might paint it that same color. That truck in Tank Green and black fenders and trim would be awesome!!!
 

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Marcus, with what you've done, about twice around the block will be enough. I'm going to offer my opinion even though you don't need it. I wouldn't risk the exposure to the bare metal anymore than I had to. If you're going to epoxy prime it, I'm ok with that for short term. Your metal work is beautiful but there's always pits and spots to deal with. It would be a shame to have to blast the truck before painting and deal with the after effects of that before painting. When I was younger, we got away with bare metal for a while. Things were wet sanded over and over with no obvious affects. Now, a finger print or a moist breath is enough to cause rust. You've made good decisions all along on this so take my opinion as just that. :)
Thank you for your thoughts. :)
You have to remember that the bare metal on parts of this project started 10 years ago! I would only drive it on sunny days while in bare metal, so wouldn't be exposed to anymore then it does now sitting in the workshop next to the open door that it does now. I would keep it coated still in lanolin oil which has stopped the build up of surface rust. Still get a bit if I don't keep it up in areas though.
 

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This gives you an idea how a Willys Truck looks like with the guards painted black.


I do like though the burgundy and black like this Chevy Fleetmaster which is of the similar era. Maybe not too classy a colour after all!


Maybe a modern take of this 1952 Willys Wagon colour called Smoked Ruby. I do like this as is a true burgundy which is red mixed with purple rather than maroon which is red mixed with brown.


This Holden bodied 1936 Willys Sedan shows how a modern colour with black guards would look.


When I saw a Mustang with this colour drive past, I just loved it! Called Royal Crimson and was a 2018 only colour.

Now I am at an impasse!
 

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Wanted to see what the wheels and tyres looked like with the bonnet back on.


Think the proportions are looking alright. Wouldn't mind some SRT coils though to drop it an inch.


Engine loom was left on so starting with the chassis wiring.


Would have been easier if I could place everything where it was on the donor but the suspension towers are 7" further forward and the engine bay tapers to the grille also. These are the mounting brackets I made for the two fuse boxes to clip into.


Horn is from a WWII Chevy Bitz Truck. Very loud as running at 12 volts instead of 6 volt. Can see I have made a start on the intake ducting which is all 90mm/3.5".


Been waiting for the battery to come on special and saved $116! DIN75LH MF with 910 CCA, 180RC and 90AH.


Plenty of terminal clearance to the underside of the floor. Terminals are recessed too. The clamping system works really well and it is very solid.


Had a lot of trouble finding a OEM washer and big enough radiator recovery bottles. These came from a V8 Ford Explorer and were one unit. I bought two so I could separate them and mount off the joining webs as didn't fit otherwise. I noticed that OEM always placed the radiator recovery bottle near the height of the radiator cap, so did the same.


I would like to introduce my new garage buddy who was exploring the workshop for the first time. We called her Noski which mean 'socks' in Russian which I thought was fitting. Our last cat recently passed at 15+ years old and was also a rescue cat.
 
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