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May 28, 2017


After so many hours of prep, we had the paint matched to a piece form under the hood and got the inners ready for color. A few of us are are differing opinions on the hue - and if it matches what we see online -  but it certainly matches the piece we gave the paint supply house to match.

Sealer first:

Then paint:

Next up will be the truck box - with tinted box liner...

Then.... the outers!

May 21, 2017


This is a long-weekend here in Saskatchewan and we had planned to finally get some paint on the  project - on the inners (inside cab, door jambs, engine bay, under the hood) specifically, as well as to spray the inside of the box with tinted box-liner....but you know what they say about 'best laid plans...'

Last week I went into my main paint supply house Walkers Automotive, in Saskatoon SK., whereby me, and my main-man Dan, the Walker employee I've dealt with for so many years, tried to find the paint chip and code for the 56 IH truck we've working so hard and long on. No luck though, so I said I'd go back and look hard for a code on the truck,  go online and do some research or at least, bring back a sample from the truck for which to paint-match.

Once back at the shop I noticed this faint - very faint - grease pencil mark on the firewall....after some neck craning, wiping it down with some light-solvent and shining light from all-different angles, you could barely read: "Blue 46".

So, back to the great internet I went and as per my last posting, I found the paint chip on a color page from 1956/57. I emailed this information, along with a link to the color page, to Walkers Info-line email address with a note to Dan to mix up a gallon of base, plus the box-liner material for me to pick up in order to paint the next weekend.

On Friday I bust my ass sanding and spraying the FINAL coats of primer so we can sand it out in 400 and seal and paint inners on Saturday. Saturday rolls around and no call from Walkers...Uh Oh.. Saturday morning I call them at 8:00 am and find they open at 9:00 AM on Saturdays. I call at 9:00 AM...and find that my-man Dan is taking a RARE Saturday off.....not a good sign. The underling is on duty. Shit.

I've dealt with this guy only once before, about 5 years ago.....and it was unsuccessful to say the least. Another bad omen. I ask him to check to ensure my paint is mixed and ready to pick up. There's nothing on the shelf he says. I tell him to check the email. He can't find it of course. I resend it to show it was sent. He gets that one but says no one ever got the first email. Fine then, I ask if he can mix it up today. He says he'll try and starts with the excuses...there's only 2 of them on today, it could get busy. Since they close at 1:00 PM - I think: he's got nearly 5 hours, so I'm hopeful but not holding my breath....it is the underling I'm dealing with here...

Sure-enough 4 hours pass and the underling can't do it: can't find the matching codes, too many blues, too many decisions, too little brain power.  Par for the course with this guy. Why couldn't Dan have been there? Why didn't they open my original email? Why didn't I call all week to check. Ya, that's it, it's MY fault....or that's what the underling implies....

So, we spend the weekend getting everything ready, down to the very last item. We'll be ready to walk-in and spray - assuming we get the paint.

Final dry-sanding with 400 grit

A sample of the original color - albeit 61 years old. A little faded perhaps, but it matches damn close to one of these chips (42105). We'll add a little yellow, a couple drops black, or maybe some trans-oxide yellow, which is a pre-mix of blackened-yellow and didn't exist in 1956. we're so close I can almost taste it.  

Of course it should've been partly blue today (inners) and completely painted next week. But now it'll be painted first week of June. Then the fun part begins - repairing, restoring, painting and installing the hundreds of parts that attach to the painted body. The FUN part. 

May 13, 2017

1956 International Harvester - Paint codes and WEEKS of sanding continues!

Even though the '56 IH 4x4 went into primer over a month ago, it's taken many many hours of sanding, filling and re-sanding to get it close to paint. This is the time not to scrimp on time and effort: everything you miss now shows BADLY in the final product!

^If you look quickly, you'd think this photo - and the first one in my last post - was one and the same. But you'd be wrong.....by about 30 hours of block sanding and repriming between the two!

^ As we're getting closer to painting this thing, it was time to find the 
paint code and order up some paint. For better or worse, today we have all 
the worlds information at our fingertips.  And all doomsday internet talk aside, 
it sure makes it easy to find obscure things like paint chips and mix codes for 60 year old trucks! 

^ Rough patches near the new box floor - even if we spray bed liner it has to be right!

^ Tiny little blemishes to some - major issues to me!

^ Inside the door edges were even beat up!

^ Blocking out the tops of the fenders - for the 3rd time!

^ Rear fenders where so rough - just little bits left to do...

^ Hood is near perfect

^ The front of the box, against the cab may not show much, but it still needs to be finished!

^ Lots of smaller pieces to get to as well 

      Trying my best to get it painted this month - but to rush it now would be a BIG mistake!
               Patience - and hard work - is the key to a great paint job and restoration.