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My Plow Restoration Project

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by REAPER, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    In order to prolong the life of and if I sell the truck increase the value I decided this summer to re-paint and restore my plow.

    I am only doing this a couple of hours a day so far.

    Below are the pictures to date. Tomorrow I am going to take the blade to a sandblasting shop.

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    The toughest SOB nut & bolt so far!

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  2. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Some make it and some don't.

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    Spring eye-bolts did not make it.

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    Although the main bolts made it the SOB who put the one on the right on should be shot. The threads are flat and was the center bolt.

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  3. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Spring

    All 4 springs look the same.

    Before

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    All 4 were in this condition.

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    After. If you think I am going to pay or waste time cleaning and painting
    when I can buy new at 14 bucks each you are kidding me. I bought new. As I will the shock and all hardware.

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  4. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Ready

    ready to load in the truck and take to sandblaster.

    I spent at least 20 hours with a wire brush and paint remover wheel and still was not close to being done.

    I was quoted $75 a hour @2.5 hours to sand blast it clean.
    So it is worth it to me to just have it done right and get the cracks clean enough for welding.

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  5. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Cracks on blade

    Cracks found while taking it apart or during wire wheel.

    Another reason I thought sand blasting would be best so they are clean to weld.


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  6. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Results

    The results of the hardest hit I have ever took in a plow truck.

    Parking block under 8 inches of snow going about 30.

    Lifted the truck off the wheels in the back with a load
    of 35 bags @ 50 pounds each.

    In a couple of the shots I have the camera on the floor to show
    the bend in the end of the plow. Hopefully putting a new cutting edge on wont be to hard.

    Where the tear is I hope to have it fixxed the same time I getthe cracks welded.

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  7. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Cutting edge

    The cutting edge was new last year. It was a 8 inch one.

    We had a record year up here and is the 1st time in 20 years of plowing I have used
    one up in one season.
    Probably the reason I could get all the bolts off with just my impact and not a torch.

    Notice the tape and how much room I had left after it was bolted.


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  8. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Tools used

    Tools used so far.

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    most of these with the exception of the air tools are more then 20 years old.
    Take care of your tools and they will take care of you.

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  9. 06HD BOSS

    06HD BOSS 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,611

    nice reaper! building / rebuilding plows is always a fun project. I agree with you about the new parts...why waste time and money when you can just buy brand new parts for nothing more than it would cost you to make them look new yourself. I cant wait to see the finished setup
     
  10. Acutabovesiny

    Acutabovesiny Member
    Messages: 54

    I would love to see it after getting sand blasted.
     
  11. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    wow 5inches off the edge, crazy. i didnt use that much of my edge buy I have the new thick boss edge with curb guards.

    How old the plow? it looks like a fun project, how much do you anticipate it costing you at the end of it all?
     
  12. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    The plow and truck are both 1998.

    Total cost will be about $650.oo

    In the end it will look new(er).

    I'm afraid the bend is there to stay.

    I am going to ask the blaster to call me when he is done before powder coating so I
    can get a picture.

    I can not wait myself.
     
  13. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    not bad, definately alot cheaper then buying new. Should look great when you are done. My Dads newest plow is from 99 and im wondering about rebuilding it for him. Its getting pretty nasty.
     
  14. Acutabovesiny

    Acutabovesiny Member
    Messages: 54

    Any updates?
     
  15. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    I have been knocking the surface rust off the plow frame and have ordered the new hardware and cutting edge.

    I am probably going to skin the front of it and decided to have the spray on bed liner applied instead of paint.

    They offer a lifetime warranty and I can touch up spots that get chipped. Plus hopefully I wont have to do this again. They also offer colors so I can keep it red.

    This is where I ordered the skin.


    As far as the sandblasting. Well I called the mofo yesterday because he has not called yet and I was informed it would be done Tuesday probably Wednesday.

    I was not happy as I was told it would only take a couple of days to start with only to find out after a week they have yet to even touch it. If the place I took it to was open today I would be there loading it back in the bed today. Shops that say one thing and do another do not deserve my money and if he had said 10 days or whatever before it would be one thing but I was told 2 days and it would be done.

    But such is life and I now know when I do my other plow where not to take it to get the same treatment.
     
  16. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Well I finally got it back from the sandblaster.

    What a joke. If you ever need a sandblaster all I can say is make sure they actually do sandblasting and don't just have a ad in the yellow pages saying they do sandblasting.

    He called a week ago telling me it was done come pick it up. I drive there to find out it was not even half done. I suspect he was drunk when he called but I wont for sure say.

    So after a small disagreement he said he would get to it that day. Well a week later he calls once again to say it is done.

    I get there and all I can say is it still looked half done and now from him leaving it sit and doing the blasting whenever he felt like it where he had blasted started to get surface rust over the bare metal already. Again because he was leaving it sit with raw metal showing.

    He half ass fixed the welds and after seeing this guys work i wouldn't let him fix a lawn mower let alone ever work on anything I ever have again in the future. You can bet as well that when asked where I got work done after the plow is done he will be bad mouthed in the area by me.

    I offered him 100 bucks for the work he did and just got my blade out of there after him telling me once again if he had another week he could get it done better. This after having it almost 4 full weeks.

    The following are pics before i prime it.
     
  17. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Only clean spots are where I wire wheeled before I took it in.

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    On the right side of photo you can see where
    he started to repair a tear and just stopped leaving the crack as you see it.
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    Surface rust out the door. Nice quality work.
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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2007
  18. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Rust still layered in the corner
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    Crapy sloppy weld

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    More rust on the rib sides.

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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2007
  19. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    This is the piece that holds the deflector down.

    Pretty heavy surface rust all across it but it is still in good shape and the other side is in surprisingly good shape.

    I bought some rust neutralizer to see how that stuff works. I will post more pics after I clean up the surface rust and prime the blade and treat this pc with the neutralizer.


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    This is what I am using on it.

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  20. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    WOW, I cant beleive someone would call that done! (Not you) That shop must not be very trustworthy. Are you going to get it blasted by another shop or work with what you got. That really sux,