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  1. Sounds a bit to kill or cure for me but I will keep it in mind as a last resort😊
  2. Thanks for all the advice. I just need to get on with it now😊
  3. Having never had to do any restoration to a vehicle before yet alone something as large as a truck I have attempted to plan it out hence the steps below. Does this sound the right approach, have I over thought it or missed something? I have a Leyland Daf 4x4 hence the NATO Green as I assume this is the correct colour. I also chose drab as I have never seen a gloss finish on a vehicle like this. All thoughts and suggestions gratefully received as I would rather get it right first time and end up with a job that will last a good number of years. Step Bodywork Action 1 Badly rusted areas Drill and Wire Twist Knot Cup brush or Rotary wire brush to remove 2 Sound metal areas Random Orbital Sander with 80 grit paper 3 Lightly hammer around holes to slightly recess the surrounding metal 4 Any rust remaining Apply rust treatment 5 Fill areas where metal has rusted through Glass Fibre filler with Glass Fibre Mat behind the hole 6 Sand Filler Sander plus 400 grit paper 7 Prime twice Bonda rust primer 8 Under coat Green Coach Enamel Undercoat 9 Top coat NATO Green drab Coach Enamel Chassis and inside of wheel arches Steps 2 and 4 There are no holes in the structural steel work. 7 Paint using EPOXY MASTIC type paint Thanks in advance. Bob
  4. I need to do some restoration to parts of my Leyland Daf 4x4. There are spots of non to serious rust in various places on the body but the front wings are both in a sorry staff with rust having gone through in two places on both. After stripping back to metal and repairing I was wondering what type of primer to use on all these areas. Some would be visible but as it is stored outside would get very wet and others would be hidden from view and liable to get very wet and dirty. The old red oxide of my youth seems to have been replaced by Zinc Chromate as a primer. Is this right? In addition there also appears to now be epoxy primers which some people say coat very thickly and should not be used on visible surfaces. Would the advice be to use the zinc chromate on visible surfaces and an epoxy on the hidden or would one of them do both and in which case which would be best? If there is a better option I would also be very interested in this as well. If one is also more forgiving of amateur surface preparation and use this would also be useful to know. All advice would be very gratefully received. Thanks in advance. Bob
  5. I have always liked the look of military vehicles. They are in general always well engineered and as modern vehicles have become encumbered with engine management systems, electric this and that with panels that dent if you sneeze on them the over engineered and simplicity of military vehicles has a big appeal. Previously I had a Dodge Ram military truck, ex US forces, that as well as being wonderfully over engineered, abuse was expected I think in its use, you could sit on the wing with your legs dangling in the engine bay while you worked on the engine. The V8 never had to work too hard and once we had to run it with the cooling system nearly dry for a few miles, not something you would do with a modern engine. Sadly had to give it up many years ago. Looking to buy a new vehicle now for the pleasure of owning something like this again but also to enjoy driving it, going to events and hopefully taking part in charity events to use it to raise money for them. Looking at Leyland DAF 5 ton 4 x 4 with the Cummins 5.9 Turbo as a possibility. Love something with six or more axels but the budget will not allow and also not sure the neighbours would appreciate the new view:-) Still early days in making up my mind so thought joining this forum would not only allow me to make contact with people who had an extensive knowledge of the subject but also let me see what other options there are. Thanks for letting me join!
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