? about doing your own body work - recomendation for NE based Scout specialist

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  1. 428street

    428street Farmall Cub

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    So I potentially found a Scout 800 but it needs some body work. Front floors, rear floor, rockers, etc. It is all original and bone stock which is what is attracting me to it. Going to look at it in a couple weeks.

    The goal for this truck is to have fun with it and it's also a bucket list project. I want to do as much work on it as possible even though I am definitely not a mechanic but very mechanical and not afraid to get dirty. I'd like to get it road worthy, registered and drive around for a year or two then do a frame off resto and have the entire vehicle media blasted and restored back to original. This would give me time to gather parts, etc.

    So, my question is for anyone that has done this above work is it something someone can do that has never done it before? I know I'd have to get some tools and a buddy of mine has a welding machine.

    If I decide to just pay someone to do the work can anyone recommend a shop in NE that I can get some pricing on to do the work that has specific experience in Scouts.

    Any help or advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Doc Stewart

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    There are lessons to lear about pounding out dents, removing rust, swtopping rust, priming, painting, and more. Helps to have a knowledgable friend to help/teach you. But it is not impossible. TRhere are some books and videos advertised in Hemmings. Might be a good investiment.
     
  3. 428street

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    Thanks Doc, good advice. I have no problem putting my time in. Ideally, I'd love to find like a tech school teacher that I can hire to give me some lessons, etc. Open to all options. My buddy has a ton of experience but he is super busy...I'll check Hemmings out for videos, etc. I think I remember seeing some videos from a restoration place I used to buy stuff from. I forget the name but they were pretty popular and I think I have some receipts from things I bought from them in the past.
     
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    There are lessons to lear about pounding out dents, removing rust, swtopping rust, priming, painting, and more. Helps to have a knowledgable friend to help/teach you. But it is not impossible. TRhere are some books and videos advertised in Hemmings. Might be a good investiment.
     
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    Really admire your willingness to take this on and welcome to the world that is IH. FWIW....I never had even considered doing a restoration ever - when I was growing up my dad had a 1967 800A and all I knew was I loved it. Then in 2013 my life changed and I discovered doing a restoration on my 1971 800A was a blessing and one of the best things for me to discover, as it became part of the physical therapy I needed. I, like you, am not a mechanic but I am pretty mechanically inclined. If I can complete a full restoration then I have no doubt you can as well. Heck....I'm about a month away from completing my second restoration with my daughter on her Scoutt II. Take what knowledge you have already, learn as you work on your project and keep in mind this community is terrific. There are a ton of folks on here that will help with whatever you question and don't forget to search for common threads and the knowledge base for those things you are looking for. The vendors listed in here are also very helpful. Best of luck to you!
     
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    I know a guy in mass with some experience restoring scouts over the years. His hourly rate is very reasonable. If you are interested in talking with him pm me and I will forward his contact info.
     
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    My father in law owns a body shop. I have done a small amount of work there. My 78 Terra was in great shape when I got it so the work I did was limited (painted grille, painted tailgate, terra top to be done soon). What I picked up on (not being a professional myself) was the access to all the specialty tools and products. This made everything so easy. Remember body work is time consuming. Prep, sanding, more sanding, wet sanding, more wet sanding. Good luck.
     
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    Not to discourage you but...

    I can read all I want to know on open heart surgery I can even watch videos. Does that make me an expert? Do you want me to do your heart operation?

    I say this because body work is an art as well as a skill it takes time and patience. You can watch all the videos in the world but unless you have some one to guide you (professional) what is going to happen when you run into something that is not covered by a video? It is called body work for a reason rather than body fun.

    I have seen lots of people take on projects that they had good intentions but fell short on skill. For every 10 projects that get started about 5 never get done. I have a couple of projects but I know when it comes to body work it is time to get the pros. My Travelall is getting it's shiny new coat of paint at a body shop for around 5K. I am realistic about body work and know that for the job I want done it is best to have that part of the job done.

    I have a Traveler which I have all the parts for but I don't have the space or the time to finish it. So it sits on the backburner while I get the other 2 done. Good intentions but falling short on time

    Just be careful other wise the two times you will enjoy your Scout the most is the day you buy it and the day you sell it
     
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    76-scout-MATT High Wheeler

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    I did mine myself.... first time for all of it ... engine rebuild .. removing rusty metal .. welding in new ... body work ... oh so much sanding ... primed and painted in the driveway .. hydraboost.... borgeson setup .... lifted .... over my head and beyond my capabilities all the way .... and I love it ... could it have come out better ... absolutely ..but my final vision is a rig that will go into the mountains for exploring and camping off road ... I don't need to see my reflection in the hood ...and I wont be upset when it gets scratched and dents ..... mine took a long time because I did so many things at once and never was able to drive it until it all came together in the end .... I think that is what I would change the next time .... get it running steering and stopping ... enjoy it ... then decide on a final vision and baby steps along the way while doing my best to keep it on the road ..... being able to drive it is a great motivator .... continually dumping money into a non running scout can get old fast and quite frustrating at times ..... good luck with your project ...Matt

    and you are in the right place for all the advise and help you could ever want or need
     
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    Thanks for all the responses guys. Appreciate them. I completely understand that there is no way especially out of the gate I will do as good of a job on the body work as a pro that does this all the time. I'm looking at both side but right now I can't find anyone (yet) that works on Scouts and is local. We'll see.
     
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    x2 what 76 Scout Matt said. For myself, there is nothing more gratifying than finishing a small project I have on my scout. Granted, it may not be perfect, but when it looks nice, and you accomplished it yourself, the feeling is awesome.

    If you're looking for a show quality restore, the professionals will get you there for $$, if you're looking for a nice truck to drive around that YOU fixed, then I say go for it. Just remember, if you screw something up, 99% of the time you can fix it.

    I started my restore with zero welding or body work skills, but in the last few months I have replaced floors, outer rockers, misc body patches, etc and it has been a blast! Lots of work, but so much fun. Plus, I know exactly what was fixed and how, something you don't necessarily know if you give it to a shop (hopefully a good one).
    Jack
     
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    I'm not sure which way I am going...this will not be a garage queen but I also don't want it to look like a frankenstein experiment either...really I just want it to be safe...I fish alot doing tournaments, etc. and I make a lot of my own jigs, chatterbaits, etc. so I understanding like has been mentioned that there is nothing like building your own truck or bait in my case. To catch a fish on something that started out as a hook and a pot of lead and then to have a 5lb LMB or smallie bite it is priceless...
     

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