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    81 Ford Courier Pickup

    This neglected pickup was purchased used by my dad back in 82. It has never seen the inside of a garage. I don't believe it has ever been waxed and only wash a few times in it's 24 years of existence. This old pickup was been through the ringer (notice the primer over the rust in the front quarters and various dents). It has around 80,000 miles and will still start on the coldest mornings.

    If you will remember, these compact trucks were made by Mazda in Japan and shipped to the states. I believe they were the cabs only and Ford added the beds and shipped them out to dealers here in the US. This would definitely explain the 2 tone paint in the before pics.





    Saturday morning, I washed down good with NXT wash. As you can tell from the pics, it was extremely dirty and oxidized. While it was still wet, I clay barred it. Washed again and dryed. It was a cold, gray day so after the wash moved into the garage to complete the detailing. This was the first time I had used a G100 but was very happy with the ease of its use. I let my dad and brother-in-law have a hand at it, they agreed it was very easy for a novice to pick up and use. I even let my 8 year old nephew use it for a while!

    I started with #80 and finished it off with a coat of NXT tech wax. I was extremely happy with the results. Took me about 5 hours.






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    Wow!

    That's a dramatic before and after! You did an amazing transformation and even better, shared with others your passion while teaching new skills and introducing them to new products and tools!

    "Each one teach one"

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    THAT IS EXTRAORDINARY!!!!!!!!


    Thanks for sharing.
    Cars are one of the greatest inventions evah!

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    Now that's what detailing is all about. Fantastic job - - simply awesome!
    "NOW IS THE TIME"

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    Fantastic work, those are the types of vehicles I love to work on. You get such a feeling of accomplishment when you are finished.

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    That looks SO much better! All with just a random orbital too,huh?
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    Originally posted by FlaresideLariat
    That looks SO much better! All with just a random orbital too,huh?
    Yep, just the orbital was used. I had #85 and #82 or 83 that I considered beginning with but Mike instructed me to start with the #80 to see if it gave the results I was looking for. #80 is amazing in how it brings back the life to old paint. Mike said it has oils in it which helps bring back the color and based upon my results, I am a believer. My dad joked that my detail work had probably doubled the value of his truck.

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    Holy cow! Nice work!! Thanks for sharing it with everyone!

    -RP-

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    Now that is what I call an EXTREME Make-over!!! Well done!!!!


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    Just as others have said WOW!

    You would think its a different truck but the rust spot confirms its the same one!

    did the work even out the color difference in the bed and the cab. Kind of looks like it from one of the photos.

    Brandon

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