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August 29, 2015

1956 International Harvester Series 120 Restoration: back from sandblaster!

The IH is back from the sandblaster!  Seems $2000.00 doesn't go as far as it used to, but we did get the entire frame and running gear done, plus the worse of the body rust: cab floor, inner fenders, running boards, plus the worst spots on outer cab and box. Everything that wasn't done will be sanded to bare metal and  treated with Metal Ready Rust prep.

Check out these before and afters:

 Cab floor:

Cross members:

The sand gets EVERYWHERE! It needs to be carefully vacuumed 
and blown out so it doesn't get in the paint down the road. Looking back, the 1956 Chevrolet 3100 truck I did last year went to a paint shop who did a little blasting prior to painting and they left sand in the cab - only to have it show up in the finished product!
The truck was still a show winner, but I knew that it was there - and it still bugs me.

Inner fenders - will all get the POR15 or Rust Bullet treatment

Underside of running boards - they where real bad:

Underside of fender. 60 years of crud and rust gone:

Frame was blasted end to end. Factory fresh!

 Running gear and suspension - much easier to rebuild without all the grease, mud and tar:

Some bits will still require some more manula labour....

Could NEVER get that crud out without a high pressure industrial sandblaster.
Thanks again to Jackson's Sandblasting!

Don't forget to check my website for lots of great info and photos of other builds:
      www.E-tekRestorations.googlepages.com !