Of the numerous attributes of steel, the major component used in producing the beloved street trucks we cherish, one downside is that it will rust. And if the truck you’re driving or restoring is like most of the ones we’ve seen lately, chances are it suffers from a rust hole or two in one of the panels, cab corner or rockers. Even with the best prepped and painted truck on the road, a small chip from road debris or a little rock popping up to chip the paint on your pride and joy can lead to a rust-through on a panel if left untreated.
But don’t worry—treatment is but a click away. With the help of some of your friends, you can approach these repairs yourself at home.
Let me introduce you to Project Burnadebt. A long-term venture of ST contributor Eddy Cebreco, this truck has seen its fair share of setbacks, project jail, and numerous shops here and there over the years. Sound familiar? Hopefully it doesn’t. But in case you have been in similar situations, we are here to hop up your hope with the resurrection of this project that we plan to see to the end.
Our first stop is to get this ’59 Apache to the pros at Auto Metal Direct. And, with a ton of help of Jubee Mays of aMAYSing Metal Works, we will take you through some basic metal repairs and even get into some major surgery on this hopeful Chevy truck. So stayed tuned for future issues showing you an in-depth look at the metal repair process and how a certified muscle car and truck body repair technician approaches the repairs with the home tech in mind.
Our first task at hand is to knock out the fender rust. We decided that we would go after this area first for a couple of reasons. This is something you can repeat at home with great results. The lower fender is a common area for rust, and the repair process can easily be translated to other areas like the bedsides and cab corners. The basic repair principles cross over to other areas.
Lastly, we went with the fender repair to give us a quick feeling of accomplishment before we tackled the main area of contention: the mess of a cab with previous repairs and patches that are all in need of a desperate redo. The cab is a dumpster fire that will require major surgery. But before we head down that road, let’s tackle the fender patches and get that out of the way.
Auto Metal Direct
aMAYSing Metal Works