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The Brandy Build

A build taking a faded, rusty, 1988 k5 and transforming it into a more or less restored, 1974 full convertible.

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I had my gauge cluster torn down a while back, I should have done this mod! Looks way brighter.
I wish I would have done a before and after picture with the only difference being the paint to see how much brighter it makes it. The brighter bulbs definitely help too.
 

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Got the wheels in primer. 9617C087-2F34-47E8-82DD-DA3C4D0FA019.jpeg I have to say I like the color of just the self etching primer. Almost an olive drab. But I’ll be doing the silver rally wheel paint on them. Here’s a very obvious tip that I ignored: after sandblasting, primer your metal as soon as possible. I spent a few hours today just cleaning off some surface rust on these which would have been avoided if I had just primered them months ago. Oh well.
 

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It’s really coming along! Sheet metal work is the worst. Good work!
 

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I felt bad for the neighbors while I was getting it on the trailer this morning. Kind of a frustrating start to the day, got it all the way to the exhaust shop and the guy said he wouldn’t be able to get to it until 11 at the earliest which is fine except it was forecasted to rain again around noon (it was “0% chance of rain” as of last night). I wasn’t going to risk it getting wet if it decided to rain early. All I can do is laugh about it and try again tomorrow morning. F1B446B9-DAFE-4903-A981-39D1051C7FDB.jpeg
 

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I felt bad for the neighbors while I was getting it on the trailer this morning. Kind of a frustrating start to the day, got it all the way to the exhaust shop and the guy said he wouldn’t be able to get to it until 11 at the earliest which is fine except it was forecasted to rain again around noon (it was “0% chance of rain” as of last night). I wasn’t going to risk it getting wet if it decided to rain early. All I can do is laugh about it and try again tomorrow morning. View attachment 393603
have you thought about just spraying it down with a quick coat of epoxy primer? that's what i did to keep surface rust down
 

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have you thought about just spraying it down with a quick coat of epoxy primer? that's what i did to keep surface rust down
Yeah I actually already bought a few cans, should have done it a long time ago. I’ll do the epoxy primer then body filler then then filler primer then paint. After the exhaust the epoxy primer is my next thing to do
 

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I went ahead and got the brackets for the mirrors figured out and installed so I’m not drilling after it’s been primered. I went off a reference picture to get them in the right spot and I think I nailed it. They came right off afterwards but they looked awesome for a second. F4281710-822A-401F-86B4-5D3894030357.jpeg 2A58947B-B355-463B-BBCE-CA5655A4AFBE.jpeg
 

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Can’t catch a break here. Probably won’t be taking it for exhaust until Monday now. Oh well, I’ll find things to do until then. 5769F716-DE86-42D4-AFA4-BA730BE68050.jpeg
 

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Yeah I actually already bought a few cans, should have done it a long time ago. I’ll do the epoxy primer then body filler then then filler primer then paint. After the exhaust the epoxy primer is my next thing to do
It's good practice to never leave metal unpainted. Rust sets in super quick, especially in humid places. Every one of those panels is probably rusting already.
 

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It's good practice to never leave metal unpainted. Rust sets in super quick, especially in humid places. Every one of those panels is probably rusting already.
Yeah I should have just done it right away, can’t remember my reasoning for not doing it at the time. Oh well lesson learned. Most of them are still pretty clean considering it sat outside under a tarp for a few months. I’ll get them clean again before I prime soon.
 

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Finally! B1D48382-3961-4EBF-8B80-9CF2B5F824A5.jpeg 52D875D6-40B1-4D40-8B1E-18849282C30E.jpeg FC2FBC13-D43C-449F-94FC-2B9EDC2A8047.jpeg AC1A755E-78AD-41DE-BBCD-709849EF3FAD.jpeg I’m super happy with it, it’s tucked up nice and close and it sounds awesome. Much quieter than I expected which is good I don’t want a ton of noise in the cab. I also got a couple wheels clear coated and I’m really happy with how they turned out too. 81079981-4F7E-47BF-A639-1383C50AF52B.jpeg 06011BDF-2C55-4AFC-8BBF-AD8C1E833E2F.jpeg The clear coat makes a mediocre paint job look really nice.
 

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I was waiting on more clear coat to come in so I could finish up the wheels. Didn’t want to get into anything too dusty in the meantime so I went ahead and got all the seat hardware cleaned up and painted and working properly. 747E783A-F145-4916-8954-D20FAB5937A3.jpeg 825D8F84-C9B6-4467-83C8-99228FFFFC78.jpeg 3BFC290D-87F0-4CAC-B0BB-23A17267715F.jpeg The tracks slide nice and easy now. Obviously the seats have to come back out but I had to take a picture. it’s nice knowing I can drop them right in when I put it back together. I’m going to finish getting clear coat on the rest of the wheels then start on getting everything in epoxy primer.
 

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So this is my system for cleaning the metal for epoxy primer. 3-1 mixture of water and vinegar sprayed over the panel, then scrub it down with steel wool. When it dries it looks like crap. 7819E66D-CCBF-4849-AF36-AF28E134263E.jpeg
Then take the steel wool and clean water over the whole panel till it’s nice and clean. C55769D0-B5F9-40B4-9E80-8FE42845C88B.jpeg
The vinegar is supposed to kill the rust and it leaves the metal nice and white. There are still black spots where the rust was but it’s not active. Then I’m spraying rust converter on the areas that had heavier surface rust. D977B7DF-C231-4EE5-950C-90D4FF07D1D1.jpeg
It does seem to react differently to rusted metal vs clean metal so that’s encouraging. And then on top of that epoxy primer. 6BBC9858-03F9-443B-8AB5-36B2E1AD2718.jpeg
This is how far one can got me, it looks like for big panels like this it needs about 2 cans. I ordered a bunch more. I’m going to do each panel like this one at a time.
 
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