I seriously considered taking it all apart and then cleaning up each part as I put it back together, but this seemed a little easier to store the parts if they were all clean and organized. I’m curious how it works out. In the end, it might be like re-assembly a GPW “kit”. I’m really itching to get into it though, so it’s hard for me to resist taking it all apart at once.
I have been trying a bunch of things for cleaning the parts. I don’t like getting pain dust all over if I can avoid it (is that lead paint?), so I usually start by removing the paint with chemical paint stripper. Methylene chloride paint stripper is nasty stuff though.
On the seats I used a soda blaster that I got from HF. It works awesome for removing paint (it won’t take off rust as all). It’s really fast, but it makes the worst mess (white dust all over the yard). I have also been using a wire brush on my 4.5 inch angle grinder for big rusty spots. Small parts I toss in my little modified HF blast cabinet. I have a mixture of garnet and aluminum oxide in it. At 80psi, it cleans up parts in a hurry. I have been trying to chemical strip even the small parts first if I can.
Overall, I haven’t found a really easy way to clean large parts. It seems like it’s all a bit of a mess.
I’ve been trying to find a sand blast place around my area for the frame and such. I found one place that wanted $1,200
. For that price, I think I could get my own large sand blasting rig. There is a place in LA that quoted me $1,800 to chemically dip the frame, tub, fenders, grill, and hood. That price is out of my budget, but it is interesting. I figure the chemical dipping isn’t a good way to go with those wood filled stiffeners….. Anyone have any experience (good or bad) with chemical dipping?