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:
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