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Thread: DougJ's Trusty Rusty TF2

  1. #21
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    I am also excited about melting snow. You live nearby me DougJ, and it's been a long time since we've seen the ground...

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    I've forgotten to keep this photo gallery up to date! I keep a full thread of this truck on Scale4x4 but I always forget to copy the posts over to this one. Here's some shots from the beginning of summer:











    I spent this past weekend bobbing the bed, complete with primed-over booger welds.











    I only took out 3/4 of an inch and I think it looks pretty good. Bobbed beds can look really weird if you take out too much. It's a bit more nimble now, and definitely lighter since I removed the roll bar and rear bumper.
    Fun stuff

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    I had to redo the bed seam with stronger plastic weld, and I added a rear tube bumper to keep the corners protected since they've cracked twice without any armor. It's a little chunky but I don't think it looks too bad, it matches the rest of the tube stuff on the truck.


























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    Nice!

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    Thanks!

    It's time for an new chapter in the life of this truck. The rust has been building up, and where I live that becomes a death sentence when winter comes round. In keeping this truck's life story as realistic as possible I decided to do some 'rust repair,' which has been going on over the past few weeks.

    I started by cleaning up the areas that had deep scratches on the driver's side.









    Then I did some of the other side, and a little on the roof.











    I liked the idea of having primer spots all over where rust used to be, but the grey primer wasn't as visually different from the dull silver paint as I thought it would be. I still wanted to address the rust issue though so I made the executive decision to go 100% with it and do a full repaint. The new paint job is a work in progress, so stay tuned for the finished product. For those of you that liked the rust, don't worry, it will be back as soon as I start scratching it up.

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    It's either repaint or park it out back and let the grass grow tall around it.
    smallfactorystudio on instagram / lone wolf / doer of many things

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    I certainly won't be parking this thing any time soon. Repaint it is!

    Speaking of which...
    The respray is complete! I'm really pleased. I chose tan as a little tribute to chino63's original Bruiser build.





    Raised tailgate logo! These are painted-over RC4WD letters.



    I took this opportunity to switch to the Tamiya grille as well. Looks a bit meaner now.




    Here's photos from its inaugural trail run with the new paint. I really need to add a new section to my trail because I'm running out of spots to photograph.

















    I like it! I miss the rust already, but it will return as soon as the scratches start to show.

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    Great truck. Driving+time=rust.


    Sent from some magic thingy

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    Thanks! I'm going to take it easy with the rust this time, but it's definitely been getting plenty of trail time. Here's some photos from the beginning of fall. I really need to rake my trail!










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    Mmmm Looks great!

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