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TO-20 Lower Grill Repair...

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Tom Bowman

03-19-2014 06:58:47

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turned out OK:

It won't be a show tractor, but that's not what I was going for! :)

I had it sandblasted, as it was too hard to get to all the nooks and crannies with a wire brush.
My welding shop didn't claim to be a body shop, but the grill and fenders ended up looking pretty good. (The "before and after" on the fenders wasn't quite this dramatic, and I didn't have the fenders sandblasted. They had some holes and dents that needed to be repaired, and are still going to have some "character" when completed.)
I've never used body filler before, but I got some to use on the small cracks left from the welding repairs on the grill and fenders. (I'm not going to try to level out all of the uneven spots, dents, etc.)

I was ready to buy new fenders and grill a year ago, but the folks on the board said to fix 'em - I glad I took your advice.

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Tom Bowman

03-19-2014 17:24:00

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 Re: TO-20 Lower Grill Repair... in reply to Tom Bowman, 03-19-2014 06:58:47  
Thanks, B-Maniac. I like keeping the original stuff whenever possible. I'm sure my body work won't be up to your standards (I looked at your profile - a 35-year body man!) but it will do for a worker.

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03-19-2014 16:40:57

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 Re: TO-20 Lower Grill Repair... in reply to Tom Bowman, 03-19-2014 06:58:47  
I like your style, Tom, keep it original as we are not obligated to keep the aftermarket in business. As I said to one, We're bad for the economy. That's how we

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Tom Bowman

03-19-2014 08:47:57

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 Re: TO-20 Lower Grill Repair... in reply to Tom Bowman, 03-19-2014 06:58:47  
Thanks, Del.

I looked at the Bondo product line at Walmart, and I couldn't figure out what I needed, so I visited my local parts store. They sold me some Evercoat brand Lite Weight filler.

I've never used body filler before, but it looks like it will be similar to applying drywall compound - just nastier.

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Del Huebner

03-19-2014 08:02:57

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 Re: TO-20 Lower Grill Repair... in reply to Tom Bowman, 03-19-2014 06:58:47  
Looks Good Tom, a little Bondo and some sanding and you should be good to go. Glad to see you decided to get the original repaired.

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