1992 Ford F150 Project Fiery Redhead - Body PaintPosted in Project Vehicles on September 1, 2007 0) (
Last month, we detailed how Erick Wells and the hand-selected team of gonzo body techs at Vintage Iron & Design in Monroe, Wisconsin, repaired or replaced all of the rusty cab panels on our project F-150 with new panels from LMC Truck and a new cowl hood from Stylin' Concepts. We also described how they utilized refinishing supplies from Keystone Automotive to get the cab of the vehicle prepped and primed in preparation for painting. This month, we delve further into the Redhead's rebirth by detailing the painting of the cab, application of the work-ready Vortex bedliner, and the restoration and painting of the cargo bed.
You're probably wondering how much a detailed, complete restoration like this costs. Well, ours tallied a shade over $10,000. That included all of the body panels and assorted items from LMC Truck ($1,500), the Stylin' Concepts Reflexxion Domination Series cowl hood ($450), Trinity Coating Systems Vortex bedliner ($475), Keystone Automotive refinishing supplies ($1,500) and the Vintage Iron & Design labor ($6,750). Clearly, labor was the lion's share of the cost, but that's to be expected-the team at Vintage Iron & Design had well over 150 hours into our rig. Naturally, your cost could be higher or lower depending on what your rig needs. The bottom line is that our resto proves that there are real-world options for trucks with rusty or trail-trashed bodies.
After three years and countless hours of wrenching, our work-ready Project Fiery Redhead is completed. In an upcoming issue, we'll recap what's been done to our '92 F-150 and we'll tell you what has worked great and what we wouldn't do again.