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picking right car sandpaper

Selecting Sandpaper to Prep for Primer and Paint

Tech Tip Video – The experts at Project C10 recommend using the proper grade sandpaper for paint or primer to stick. For primer, 180 grit gives enough “bite” to hold the primer while still concealing the scratches. We recommend using 600 to 800 grit sandpaper before applying the final paint.

Episode 14 – All About Wiring

Episode 14 – Project C10’s Rick Drewry takes you through the meticulous job of re-wiring our Chevy C10 truck using a new kit from Ron Francis Wiring. Rick’s biggest tip? Read the instructions. By the time you're done you’ll have a brand new wiring set-up that will be trouble-free for a very long time.

c10 truck construct crossmember

Need a Crossmember? Craft One Yourself

Tech Tip Video – The Project C10 team constructs a 1-½ inch metal crossmember for the rear of our Chevy C10 truck. Made with a dimple die, punch and flare/hole flair tools. Drill corresponding holes, press the metal through with the corresponding dimple die to give the holes a concave edge.

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Episode 13 – Starting to See Results

Episode 13 – With the cab on the frame, we’re seeing results in the last quarter of the build. Exciting! Mechanically, the team focuses on the brakes, steering, AC and wiring. Paint and body-wise, Rick Drewry is wet sanding and buffing the rest of the truck pieces. Stay tuned for the ultimate payoff.

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The Mock-Up Method for Aligning Engine Pulleys

Tech Tip Video – During truck restoration, use the mock-up method for aligning engine pulleys. Learn the Project C10 team's foolproof way to ensure a perfect alignment every time. Protect your classic with a customized policy from Classic Auto Insurance. Call 888-901-1338 or get a free quote online.

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Episode 12 – Painting, Installing, Upholstering

Episode 12 – The Project C10 crew paints the exterior and interior of the cab, while others are reinstalling all the accessory drive system parts. The red bench seat not only gets new upholstery, new springs are installed – a cheap fix that more restorers should consider. It’ll make it feel brand new.

Episode 11 – Work Starts on the Engine

Episode 11 – From adjusting the panhard bar and rear suspension to starting work on the engine, the Project C10 crew is making strong headway. They remove the upper intake manifold to make way for new performance parts. And the brakes install like a dream. Now, they’re ready for the fun part. Stay tuned.

Episode 10 – It’s All Coming Together

Episode 10 – The Project C10 crew are prepping and painting parts before starting the assembly of the suspension. Each part is painted individually. Meanwhile, the new motor is primed and new parts like the timing chain, fuel pump and others are getting installed. It’s all coming together.

Episode 9 – Project C10 Hits a Milestone

Episode 9 – The Project C10 crew hits a milestone. Led by American Modern’s Rick Drewry and Classic Auto’s Drew Yagodnik, they’re ready to paint. Working their list – a great way to keep focused- everything is primed and painted from the frame to the suspension pieces. Next up, assemble the suspension.