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    Default 1941 Dodge WC40 Military 4X4

    This was a very long term project for me and first Base/clear and cut and buff I've ever done. Over 13 years and around 3000 hours and it's all done other than the interior which I am letting someone else do. I've made hundreds of pieces for this truck and a lot of it was stainless steel that I polished out. You can check out the build album for the detailed pics if you're interested:

    http://imageevent.com/kevininohio?n=0

    Red is Base/clear buffed out and the frame is Gloss black acrylic urethane out of the gun with no buff. Everything was painted in pieces and assembled later. The Red was done in 3 different painting sessions. I used a Devilbiss Plus gun from Len for all the spraying. On the cut and buff I did what worked best for me. I let the paint sit for 2 months and then started with 2000 grit wet with wood paint stick backers. If I could, I used an Airvantage with 3000 ater that. A lot of this was rubbed out by hand due to all the nooks and crannies and ridges. Where I could I went with an orange foam pad and buffed out with Roberts compound. Hand work was done with a cotton rag and tired fingers I'm VERY happy with the results and it is flat!

    The body is pretty rare as Dodge only made 275 of these for the government. Frame is from a 1978 1 ton Chevy with a Dana 60 front axle and a 14 bolt, 10 1/2 inch ring gear rear end. 4:56 gears with 39 inch Swamper Boggers. Motor is a 350 RamJet with 350 HP and 400 ft lbs of torque back by a TH400 transmission. Frame has been completely smoothed as well as the axles and suspension. Mirror polished stainless everywhere.

    Thanks to all on this forum who have answered my dumb questions and for Len keeping all the old posts so I could learn that way. Kevin
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    Wow!.. You did an amazing job on that truck Kevin. That grill you made is a work of art!.. As well as all of the other parts you made for this beauty. Nice job!.
    Waterford, Mi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger J. View Post
    Wow!.. You did an amazing job on that truck Kevin. That grill you made is a work of art!.. As well as all of the other parts you made for this beauty. Nice job!.
    Most people that see it just think all the original parts were chromed, they weren't Thanks for the kind words, this one is a keeper! Kevin

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    is in the tons of pictures you took. I only viewed through a few sections of the album and I cannot believe the endless work you put into the small parts. The frame is beautiful.
    You either really love this truck or you're just plain nuts. Fantastic job in any case.

    What do you do for a living and when did you get to spend time on the truck? Great job. Henry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    is in the tons of pictures you took. I only viewed through a few sections of the album and I cannot believe the endless work you put into the small parts. The frame is beautiful.
    You either really love this truck or you're just plain nuts. Fantastic job in any case.

    What do you do for a living and when did you get to spend time on the truck? Great job. Henry
    I'd say it's some of both. I've always loved these trucks and I'm a little nuts too

    I work as a machinist full time with loads of overtime. A normal day I'd get 4 hrs in on it but 6 days equals 24 hours a week. It adds up eventually as you see. From Christmas to Easter I had 4 days total off and a lot of them were 10 hours so that is why this has taken a while to complete. I don't have cable or watch TV or play video games. My"recreation" is stuff like this. I get more satisfaction out of making a piece than watching drama between people I don't know. Kinda uncommon anymore I know.

    A lot of this is out of my comfort zone but I just try and learn from my mistakes. A lot of this was done with some pretty basic tools. Guys at work say I'm a precision 9 inch angle grinder and I'll take that as a compliment.

    The attached pic gives an example. The ball detail on the mirror arm was hand filed, sanded and polished out. No CNC here, just good old American labor!

    Thanks for the kind words.

    One of the guys at work who has followed me through this gave me the best words of wisdom I've heard.:

    You may never have a failure if you never try, but you'll never have a success either.
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    Really a nice job. Came out beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevininohio View Post
    This was a very long term project for me and first Base/clear and cut and buff I've ever done. Over 13 years and around 3000 hours and it's all done other than the interior which I am letting someone else do. I've made hundreds of pieces for this truck and a lot of it was stainless steel that I polished out. You can check out the build album for the detailed pics if you're interested:

    http://imageevent.com/kevininohio?n=0

    Red is Base/clear buffed out and the frame is Gloss black acrylic urethane out of the gun with no buff. Everything was painted in pieces and assembled later. The Red was done in 3 different painting sessions. I used a Devilbiss Plus gun from Len for all the spraying. On the cut and buff I did what worked best for me. I let the paint sit for 2 months and then started with 2000 grit wet with wood paint stick backers. If I could, I used an Airvantage with 3000 ater that. A lot of this was rubbed out by hand due to all the nooks and crannies and ridges. Where I could I went with an orange foam pad and buffed out with Roberts compound. Hand work was done with a cotton rag and tired fingers I'm VERY happy with the results and it is flat!

    The body is pretty rare as Dodge only made 275 of these for the government. Frame is from a 1978 1 ton Chevy with a Dana 60 front axle and a 14 bolt, 10 1/2 inch ring gear rear end. 4:56 gears with 39 inch Swamper Boggers. Motor is a 350 RamJet with 350 HP and 400 ft lbs of torque back by a TH400 transmission. Frame has been completely smoothed as well as the axles and suspension. Mirror polished stainless everywhere.

    Thanks to all on this forum who have answered my dumb questions and for Len keeping all the old posts so I could learn that way. Kevin
    I think Kevin's truck is about the best rebuild I've seen in over 15 years on this site. I find myself going back to this project every 6 months or so. Kevin, where ever you are, again, job well done. You redefine the word "Professional" in the autobody world.
    Below is a link for anyone new on this site to see what people can do:


    http://imageevent.com/kevininohio/finishedtruck

    Henry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    I think Kevin's truck is about the best rebuild I've seen in over 15 years on this site. I find myself going back to this project every 6 months or so. Kevin, where ever you are, again, job well done. You redefine the word "Professional" in the autobody world.
    Below is a link for anyone new on this site to see what people can do:


    http://imageevent.com/kevininohio/finishedtruck

    Henry
    If it isn't the best it can only be tied for the best .It just doesn't get any better . What I wouldn't give to be that good .

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    I'm still here Truck is at the interior shop at the moment as it's the only thing I didn't want to tackle myself. Should be done in a couple weeks and I'll post some pics of it, COMPLETED! it's been a long wait for it, that is for sure.

    As I mentioned before, I learned a lot from this site. Gleaning info from past posts and asking some 'newbie" questions from time to time. Sometimes it gets fuzzy as personal preferences enter into "THE way" to do things but it got done at least. I guess some of the older members can take solace in the fact that I took their advice and suggestions on things and the results speak for themselves. Don't be so quick to judge a new member as a tire kicker, there are still a few out there willing to put forth the effort to achieve a goal.

    Thanks again for the kind words guys. That means the world to me coming from people who have done this stuff for years. I get that a cruise ins too and it's always a nice thing. I was really shocked when a friend at work gave me a magazine to look at during lunch break. I believe it was called Street Scene.? They had what looked like a LOT of Nice rods and they had all the specs on them. I don't think a SINGLE one was built by the owner, they all had shops listed who had done the work which really surprised me. Trust me, I do realize what is involved in a build but that still got me. I normally take the build picture albums with me and normally a few guys will spend about an hour looking through them. They know.

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    Got it back from the interior shop yesterday. Hard to let your "baby" in the hands of someone else and waiting this long but I'm happy with the results. When trying to find someone I went to local cruise ins and shows to get some ideas. Everytime I saw a nicely done one it was from this shop so I made the decision. He's just a small family business but they've had 2 Riddler award winners.

    Headliner, door panels, kick panels, console surround, seat base and seats are all done in leather. I had them perforate a hide with a diamond pattern for the seats center section. He used some of it in the door panels and middle, fold down armrest as well. He carried the rolled bead pattern from the doors into the kick panels and door panels too for a nice touch. The rear window surround is inset into the liner so that it lays flush as well.

    The Seat I used originally was straight across the back and it covered most of the rear window. I told him I wanted them rounded, evenly and drew a pattern. When he was ready, I cut the frames lower and sectioned them to the rounded pattern. Took LOTS of pie cuts and welding as its a pretty wild S bent piece so that it won't cut the material and pull easily. It was like chopping a top on a car but I got it and he was REAL happy when he saw it. With the way he covered it it turned out great.

    There are some in progress pics in my album if you want to see it coming together.

    http://imageevent.com/kevininohio?n=0








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    Thanks again to all of those here who answered my questions and gave advice. You guys saved me a lot of mistakes and am grateful to you for that.

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