Hello everyone, I have a 1987 Chevy silverado pickup which will be undergoing some bodywork and paint this spring. Basically, I have all the pieces I need. I bought a complete used rust free bed, oem doors and fenders, "supersize" cab corners, and a full rocker to replace my rusted left one.
I have no body work experience. My father is a good welder but he also is by no means a bodyman. Good thing is, he had a truck just like mine and I remember him welding in new cab corners/rockers so he does have experience with this atleast.
The good news is, there is not much "filler" or body work to do to this project. Everything is pretty much bolt on (fenders, doors, etc). Really, just the cab corners/rockers need filling and one of the doors I bought.
Speaking of this door. One of the doors that came in the package I bought, the entire lower skin is in filler. The guy I bought it from is a bodyman and said he reworked that lower half and that there is no rust. Problem is, I already notice a crack in the filler. What should I do here? Remove what he did, re-do it for myself? Whats the best way of removing the filler?
Also, the cab corners I received are supersize, they are huge. I don't think the existing cab corners need that much replacement. Do I use only what is needed or do I use the entire replacement?
I have been reading through this helpful site as well as others. Basically what I am learning is that the area to be filled should be grinded to bare metal, fiberglass filler is to be used on areas that were welded, not just regular filler, golf ball of filler to inch of hardener, sand in different directions starting with around 32 grit, then 80, then 150 featheredge with a da. I guess then use "glaze putty" to fill any pinholes and re-sand again with around 150-180.
Do I sound like I am on the right track? Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated. My main concern is what is up with one of the doors I bought and why the filler is already cracked :mad: