My 78

johnnyreb

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Thanks I’m too old to work like this. The hard part is all the disassembly, sanding, cleaning, masking, cleaning again, priming, then wipe down again, then apply the product. Next time I will take em to a paint shop. I was thinking about doing the exterior, but now it’s going to my buddy’s shop..

Have the front seat brackets cleaned and will primer and bed coat them maybe F

I can understand that. I do alot of my own paint work and its very time consuming.
I don,t do cars,but planning on doing my Fairlane next year.
 
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Reassembling the interior takes more time than tearing it all down. Ordered new floor liners the cover the bed and the front. This will help keep the tire roar down. Should get all the sound deadener sprayed tomorrow. Well I hope I do anyway. Have a 6’ piece of 6” steel pipe coming to build the rear bumper. Still working on the design. But this one will not be an air tank. Will recess some lights, maybe a recess for the receiver hitch. Angle off the ends a bit.
 
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Have 3 coats of sound deadening sprayed in the rear panels doors and roof including the tailgate. I hope I’m done spraying stuff for a while. I will cut the rear panels from something around the shop, maybe door panels too. Seal everything with water proof sealant. Add some additional insulation for sound deadening.
Thought I was getting replacement floor mat material. What a disappointment sent them back really quick. They were not for any thing truck. Found something that is supposed to work. Says it replaces the original formed vinyl flooring. Comes in 7.5’ x 10’ roll. Instructions say roll it out applying heat and gentle pressure to get it form into place. Then trim to fit applying adhesive just to the edges. Pictures to come
 

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I went through and sound proofed the back of my bronco a couple years ago. Still need to do the front.

I had a good paint foundation where as you have now put down undercoating.

https://www.foambymail.com/GR-_BLACK/gym-rubber-black.html

This stuff is pretty amazing, it is closed cell so it is water proof. I used contact cement from Menards, brushed it on both surfaces. Seems to be sticking well in all positions.
Not sure what extent you are going to since you already painted the topper.
I put down killmat, gym foam on all of the sides and roof. Then I used mass loaded vinyl on the floor and sidewalls on top of all of that.
Also put in new weather stripping.

I should have taken decibel readings. I had no idea it would be that quiet. I can't wait to finish the rest of the truck. From the first drive it was like dead silence from the back. Just doing that much felt like I was driving a brand new vehicle. Results were far better than expected. You could have normal conversations with passengers in the front and back without yelling or having to repeat things.

You are probably not looking for that extensive of a reduction but the gym foam is pretty cheap and I will attest that it is a good product.
 

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It compresses just fine, what are you putting down over the top of it?

My floor was completely flat, not the standard bronco ridges. I put carpet down over the top of all my sound proofing. Basically to protect it if nothing else.

It is a spongy rubber, so if you are putting weight on it, it will flatten out. If you glue it down it will take the shape of the floor ridges. (depends on the thickness you get too)
I used 1/4" probably would have went thicker if that was all I was doing on the floor, but with the walls and ceiling I was worried about the weight breaking the adhesive bond over time so I used the thinner 1/4" stuff.
 
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This 78 is not a restoration project it’s a off road hunting rig. Want everything water proof, easy to rinse out mud and stuff. Will install a truck crane in the bed where the interior spare tire was mounted. Right now the entire interior is covered in bed coating everything but the glass. It’s not going to be a bogging truck but to get us in an out of the woods. Yes I know a 4 wheeler will do the same but will not keep you dry when it rains and this is what I want to build. The entire exterior will be bed coated too. Then the grandsons want tiger stripes. Have 3 grandsons this is just one build. Have a 79 in the shop, so I will have to build at least one more.
 

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This 78 is not a restoration project it’s a off road hunting rig. Want everything water proof, easy to rinse out mud and stuff. Will install a truck crane in the bed where the interior spare tire was mounted. Right now the entire interior is covered in bed coating everything but the glass. It’s not going to be a bogging truck but to get us in an out of the woods. Yes I know a 4 wheeler will do the same but will not keep you dry when it rains and this is what I want to build. The entire exterior will be bed coated too. Then the grandsons want tiger stripes. Have 3 grandsons this is just one build. Have a 79 in the shop, so I will have to build at least one more.
Nota ,have you thought about putting air shocks all the way around. It you were gonna raise it? I helped a neighbor do his Chevrolet ,To raise it a couple of inches. He couldn,t find any air shocks for the front and I showed him how . He really liked the ride too.
 
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Rough County 4” suspension lift, going to run 35-12.50x15 BFG mud terrains on black mod steel wheels, this is not for show it’s for go.

forgot to mention, have the lift kit new in box. Picked it up in a trade some years back, have a super lifts kit in the 79. Have another set of 4” front springs in the shop somewhere and set of rear helper springs. Will pick up another 78-79 some time to use them on.
 
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johnnyreb

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Rough County 4” suspension lift, going to run 35-12.50x15 BFG mud terrains on black mod steel wheels, this is not for show it’s for go.

forgot to mention, have the lift kit new in box. Picked it up in a trade some years back, have a super lifts kit in the 79. Have another set of 4” front springs in the shop somewhere and set of rear helper springs. Will pick up another 78-79 some time to use them on.
You sound like me. You keep an eye and ear to locate some parts other people have to sale or trade. Your doing good with it.
 
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Alright my buddy delivered a piece of 6” pipe for me to make a bumper out of. I’m sure glad I have a front end loader. May be a big enough piece to make 2.

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Well I,m a 50 model myself and like to tinker.
Got ya, passed that a while back. Only have few hobbies grandkids hunting grandkids hunting playing with grandkids and their future trucks. Get kids interested into this modification on trucks cars, motorcycles 4 wheelers, keep them involved and be involved with them.
 

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Got ya, passed that a while back. Only have few hobbies grandkids hunting grandkids hunting playing with grandkids and their future trucks. Get kids interested into this modification on trucks cars, motorcycles 4 wheelers, keep them involved and be involved with them.
I agree with you 100% Nota. They can also teach us once in awhile. I was born in 1950. I,d like to trade for a 50 Ford coupe. Rather have one for me to tinker on. I don,t want a show car.,
 
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There is one truck I wish I had not parted with. It was a 1957 Ford truck with a 223 6 cylinder, step side. It wasn’t a show truck then, used gate latches to insure the doors stayed closed, used a Volkswagen wheel cylinder kit to rebuild the slave cylinder for the clutch, because we couldn’t find the correct parts, still have a spare rebuilt distributor on the shelf. It could and hauled my welder everywhere. Would love for the kids keep their interest up in working on these old trucks. I let them be part of the build, the design (hint the tiger stripes) if they can put it on paper we can build it make it look like their idea. Besides they keep me busy.
 

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There is one truck I wish I had not parted with. It was a 1957 Ford truck with a 223 6 cylinder, step side. It wasn’t a show truck then, used gate latches to insure the doors stayed closed, used a Volkswagen wheel cylinder kit to rebuild the slave cylinder for the clutch, because we couldn’t find the correct parts, still have a spare rebuilt distributor on the shelf. It could and hauled my welder everywhere. Would love for the kids keep their interest up in working on these old trucks. I let them be part of the build, the design (hint the tiger stripes) if they can put it on paper we can build it make it look like their idea. Besides they keep me busy.
Well its nice you have someone their to help you with your dream and theirs. Best of good luck Nota
 
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Well installed the drivers seat and seat belts getting ready to take her for a test drive. My brother Richard installed All new brakes lines calibers cylinders master cylinder and booster every part in the brakes from end to end. Great peddle. My brother Richard is amazing with these jobs.
 

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