file 1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning "Thunder's Truck"

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06 May 2016 16:27 #2522 by oestek
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Once the chassis parts were cured, the crew then began the reassembly of all the chassis and suspension components. We installed a new set of Bilstein shock absorbers, new brake rotors and pads, new suspension bushings where they were needed, and made the chassis a roller once again.





The chassis almost looks square with the wheels and tires bolted on!









The bottom of the cab was stripped clean, and treated to our epoxy and Imron coating process. Then, it was coated with 3M Body Protection coating to reduce noise and prevent stone chips.

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06 May 2016 16:28 #2523 by oestek
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Inside the cab, the crew scuffed the old paint and repaired metal were necessary. After seam sealing, the interior black surfaces were all restored with new satin black paint.



The gray is a high-solids primer sprayed on the areas to be block-sanded smooth.












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06 May 2016 16:29 #2524 by oestek
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After the inside was sanded and painted black, the cab went back on the frame for the last time.







The engine was in excellent condition, so the crew merely degreased it and did some minor disassembly for better paint application.




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06 May 2016 16:30 #2525 by oestek
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Aluminum parts like the supercharger and transmission were cleaned and masked, then they were sprayed with Eastwood nano ceramic high temperature engine paint. They were sprayed in satin silver to keep an aluminum look, but now they will stay this way without corroding the way cast aluminum does.















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03 Dec 2016 16:21 #3027 by oestek
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With most of the pieces painted, it was time to start putting the truck back together. The crew began by reinstalling the wiring harnesses, ECMs, relay centers, Vintage Air Equipment and ductwork in the dash.









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03 Dec 2016 16:23 #3028 by oestek
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Next, the inner fenders were reinstalled and the crew installed as much wiring as they could before the engine and transmission were dropped in place.












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