Another rust removal question
Hey guys I know that there's a million rust threads out there but I haven't found one yet with solid answers besides replacing parts. It seems most of the rust prevention stuff is bogus as well from posts online...
Help me and I'll help by doing a super detailed writeup in case anyone else ever attempts a full blown rust repair like this!
I've got an 01 f250 that I lacked used vehicle buying skills when I bought, and I've put too much money in to start over.... I've dropped about 12k on top of purchase price to include icon lift, tires, bts trans, intake exhaust, tuner, gauges, hub assblies etc.... My baby is rusted to hell underneath as well as some spots on the cab that actually leak thru occasionally in monsoon type rain into the compass/lie-o-meter
This winter is going to have a lot of weekends of rust removal and pm involved! I've bought a bodywork/paint and welding book and will obviously practice a lot on scrap before I get to the truck.... Just want some pointers in the meantime.
I don't have a garage that fits the truck at home so it's a driveway project bc the military auto hobby shop charges 2bucks an hour and you get fined for everything to include a few drops of spilled oil....
Short list of problems
Rust on everything under the truck, bad enough that liquid wrench and heat remove only 10% of bolts on projects I'm doing like suspension for instance
Rust on lip of tailgate where it meets the bed
Bubbled to hell and rusted hole under center cab light on roof that leaks in torrential downpours
Small rock chips in body that will soon rust
Bed supporting hat channel is almost non existent from deterioration
Basically I understand there's going to be a lot of wire wheels purchased for my grinder, a lot of rust dust on my driveway, and I'm not going to be a light skinned person anymore (not a racist joke lol)...... But are there any tips to make this full blown rust removal and body repair project go easier?!?! ANY spray or brush on compounds that will eat lots of the rust away to save me grinding time?
I know it's going to be expensive but I think it will come out to near the same value as salvaging new parts, plus im on a mission to learn how to do everything my 20x20 garage workshop can handle- just learned fiberglass and made my 10 yr old boat look amazing, and doubled my resale value and longitivity (sp?). Plus I haven't gel coated the boat yet bc I need to build a temporary plastic sheeting lined paintshop and want to be able to bust out the finish work on the boat, trailer and truck hopefully in a few weeks of solid work so my HOA doesn't put me to death
So I want to learn bodywork, paint and welding anyway, the truck will be trash in ten years anyways if I let the rust go, it can't hurt too bad to do this now!
I'll do my best to make a list of new stuff I need before the list which I have failed to do for jobs like my front end, and suspension which took way longer than they should as a result....
Definately have a friend or two help out, as I learned with a driveway suspension lift- it was a definite learning experience.
Any tips that a guy who hasn't stripped a truck down and attempted this project before should know? Any mods to do while truck is torn apart?
(fuel tank mod while beds out of the way, and bellowed up pipes when I do my tranny are on the list already)
Do you all know a cheaper source for bolts that ford? I paid 27$ for two leaf to shackle bolts!!!! Ouch!!!
-anyone near Jacksonville nc know of a wash rack in the area to get the mud and crap from underneath before I start? I tried once with the pressure washer and it was a miserable experience with all that gunk raining down on me
Final question as far as things that aren't wire-wheelable like brake and fuel lines etc- would y'all reccomend getting new factory ones which damn near as expensive as SS braided line or what?
And my true final question is how do I convince the wife not to leave me while I'm spending every non working hour on yet another tonka project as she calls it?
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01 F250 CCSB, BTS, ICON 4" on Bilsteins, 35" Toyo MT on 18" Fuel Hostage, DP F6 Tuner, 6637, 5" pipe, AIH delete, EBPV Delete, Recon Smoked lights all around, 35W Retro HIDS,
HEROS NEVER FALL.... THEY EARN THEIR WINGS.... RIP LCPL JASON D. HILL - IRONMAN, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. SEP 18 1990 -JUNE 11 2011