Parts Used In This Episode

Airaid
Air Intake, SynthaMax CAD, Black Filter, Black Plastic Tube, Ford, Lincoln, 5.4L, Kit
Airaid
Pre-Filter, Polyester, Black, Conical, 7.50 in. Height, 5.0 in./7.9 in. Diameters, Each
Automotive Workwear
Official Workwear Of Truck Tech
Magnaflow
Exhaust System, Cat-Back, Stainless Steel, Polished Stainless Tips, Ford, Pickup, 4.6, 5.4L, Kit
PowerTrain Products
Rebuilt and Remanufactured Transfer Case
Rough Country Suspension Systems
Ford Hidden Winch Mounting Plate (09-14 F-150)
SCT Flash
Computer Programmer, X4, Handheld, Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Each
Single Source
Evercoat, Auto Body Filler, Rage, Gold, 3.0 Liters, Each
Single Source
EVERCOAT, Metal Aluminum filled body repair for metal surfaces
Single Source
Evercoat, Super Build, primer surfacer
The Industrial Depot
Industrial Depot - Fasteners, Hardware, and Shop Supplies
Tractor Supply
Tractor Supply Crossover Truck Tool Box, Texture Black
Tractor Supply
Traveller 3,000W Digital Power Inverter
Tractor Supply
Traveller CREE 150W LED Light Bar, Curved
Tractor Supply
Traveller Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-20, 1 qt.
Tractor Supply
Traveller Wiring Install Kit

Episode Transcript

(NARRATOR)>> WE'LL BEGIN TURNING THIS LATE MODEL F-150 INTO A CAPABLE WORK TRUCK WITH SOME EASY ADD ONS

THAT'LL IMPROVE PERFORMANCE. PLUS STEP BY STEP SECRETS ON HOW TO BLEND PAINT. THAT'S ALL TODAY ON TRUCK TECH.

(LT)>> TAKE A LOOK AT THE MOST POPULAR VEHICLES OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS AND YOU'LL QUICKLY REALIZE THAT THE FULL SIZE PICK UP CONSISTENTLY DOMINATES THE TOP SPOTS.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE FORD "F" SERIES HAS BEEN AMERICA'S MOST POPULAR VEHICLE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS RUNNING.

(JEREMY)>> AND WITH GAS PRICES LOW, BET ON THAT TREND GROWING. TODAY WE'VE GOT THIS 2010 FORD F-150 PLATINUM EDITION IN THE SHOP, AND FOR A SEVEN YEAR OLD TRUCK IT'S IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE. 90,000 TICKS ON THE ODOMETER, FOUR WHEEL DRIVE, I MEAN THIS BABY'S GOT JUST ABOUT EVERY AVAILABLE FACTORY OPTION.

(LT)>> YEAH, AND ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS GREAT PULLING UP TO THE VALET AT THE COUNTRY CLUB, IT'S IN SERIOUS NEED OF SOME UPGRADES.

(JEREMY)>> SO TO HELP TRANSFORM OUR TRUCK FROM A CUSHY COMMUTER TO A TOUGH WORK HORSE WE WENT DOWN TO OUR LOCAL TRACTOR SUPPLY TO GET SOME INSPIRATION.

(LT)>> MAN THIS IS A PRETTY COOL PLACE.

REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU EVER CAME TO TRACTOR SUPPLY?

(JEREMY)>> YEAH MAN, MY DAD USED TO BRING ME TO THIS PLACE ALL THE TIME WHEN I WAS A KID.

WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR IN HERE, RIGHT?

(LT)>> YOU KNOW WHAT, THIS IS MY FAVORITE ISLE RIGHT HERE.

(JEREMY)>> THOSE WINCHES WE'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.

(LT)>> COULD PROBABLY USE ONE OF THOSE.

(JEREMY)>> ABSOLUTELY, THIS COMPANY'S BEEN AROUND FOR 79 YEARS, AND NOW HAS OVER 1,500 STORES IN 49 STATES, AND YEAH, THEY CARRY THE TYPICAL STUFF TRACTOR SUPPLY IS KNOWN FOR.

(LT)>> BUT YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN THAT THEY ALSO HAVE

A DEDICATED TRUCK AND TRAILER DEPARTMENT.

(JEREMY)>> TELL ME ABOUT THESE TOOL BOXES. ( )>> THAT'S OUR TRACTOR SUPPLY SILVER EDITION.

(LT)>> STOCKED WITH EVERYTHING NEEDED TO TRICK OUT YOUR TRUCK AND KEEP IT RUNNING AT ITS BEST.

(JEREMY)>> TRAVELER IS TSC'S BRAND OF COMPETITIVELY PRICED MAINTENANCE FLUIDS. EVERYTHING FROM MOTOR OILS, TO BRAKE FLUID, TO COOLANT, AND THEIR SELECTION OF TRUCK ACCESSORIES IS GROWING. TRAVELER WINCHES FROM UTILITY, TO THE BIG DADDY ARE JUST AS STRONG AND PRICED WELL BELOW THEIR COMPETITORS.

(LT)>> NEW THIS YEAR, LOW PRICED HIGH QUALITY UTILITY LIGHTING, ALL OF WHICH SURVIVED STRESS TEST ONLY A MASOCHIST COULD DREAM UP. YEP, STILL GLOWING.

(JEREMY)>> NOW WE GRABBED A TRUCK LOAD OF PARTS WHILE AT TRACTOR SUPPLY, AND WE WERE VERY IMPRESSED WITH THEIR AUTOMOTIVE SECTION. NOW OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE MISTER PLATINUM OVER THERE MORE CAPABLE BOTH OFF ROAD AND ON THE JOB SITE. SO WE'LL OUTFIT IT WITH THINGS LIKE TRACTOR SUPPLY'S BRAND NEW LINE OF LED LIGHTING, INCLUDING THIS MASSIVE 50 INCH

ABOVE WINDSHIELD LIGHT BAR, ADDITIONAL ACCESSORY LIGHTING, AND A FULL SET OF TRAVELER BRANDED FLUIDS INCLUDING COOLANT, OILS, AND GREASE, PLENTY OF TOOL STORAGE, AND OF COURSE A WINCH UP FRONT TO GET YOU OUT OF TROUBLE.

NOW WE'LL ALSO RAISE THE SUSPENSION, ADD SOME GNARLIER TIRES, AND MAKE SURE THIS 90,000 MILE TRUCK IS UP TO DATE ON SERVICE, BUT FIRST WE NEED MORE POWER.

(LT)>> WHEN IT COMES TO PULLING MORE POWER OUT OF YOUR TRUCK'S ENGINE AIR FLOW IS THE NAME OF THE GAME, AND BY

SWAPPING OUT A FEW OF THESE SIMPLE PARTS WE CAN GIVE OUR FIVE POINT FOUR THREE VALVE A LITTLE BIT MORE POWER, ECONOMY, AND MAKE IT SOUND A WHOLE LOT BETTER, AND WE'LL GET STARTED UP FRONT BY REMOVING THE FACTORY AIR BOX. TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE THROTTLE BODY WE'LL REMOVE MOST OF THE FACTORY AIR INTAKE PARTS.

BY ADDING THIS SPACER UNDERNEATH THE THROTTLE BODY THE HELIX BORE WILL INCREASE AIR VELOCITY AND TORQUE FROM IDLE TO ABOUT 3,000 RPM. ELIMINATING RESTRICTION IN THE AIR INTAKE SYSTEM STARTS WITH THIS AIRAID COLD AIR INTAKE. IT'LL FLOW MORE AIR, WHICH GIVES YOU MORE POWER AND TORQUE. PLUS IT'S 50 STATE LEGAL. WE OPTED FOR THE PREWRAP, WHICH KEEPS THE FILTER CLEANER IN DUSTY CONDITIONS. CAREFUL WITH ALL THAT EXTRA POWER NOW. NOW THAT WE HAVE THE TRUCK INHALING EASIER IT'S TIME TO LET IT EXHALE. WE'LL MOVE THE TRUCK OVER TO THE LIFT SO WE CAN GET IT UP IN THE AIR AND GET RID OF THIS RESTRICTIVE FACTORY EXHAUST.

[ saw cutting metal ]

(LT)>> HIT IT! [ hammer banging metal ]

(LT)>> HERE IT COMES, ONE MORE.

(JEREMY)>> GET OUT OF HERE. YOU MADE ME HAVE A HARD DAY. YOU WANT TO RELIEVE A LITTLE TENSION, REMOVE A FACTORY EXHAUST. NOW LET'S FACE IT, WE ALL KNOW OEM EXHAUST SYSTEMS, THEY'RE BORING, AND LIKE LT JUST MENTIONED, RESTRICTIVE. SO WE GRABBED A MAGNAFLOW DUAL SIDE EXIT CAT BACK. NOW THIS 409 STAINLESS STEEL CONSTRUCTION WILL KEEP IT LOOKING THIS GOOD FOR A VERY LONG TIME. IT'S MADE WITH THE STRAIGHT THROUGH DESIGN THAT MAGNAFLOW IS FAMOUS FOR, AND THIS EXHAUST SYSTEM WILL INCREASE THE POWER AND PERFORMANCE ON OUR TRUCK. BEST OF ALL, IT'S MADE IN THE USA.

THESE CAT BACK KITS ARE MODEL SPECIFIC AND INSTALL VERY EASILY, AND BEST OF ALL, THEY COMPLIMENT THE UNMISTAKABLE

SOUND OF FORD'S MODULAR MOTOR WITHOUT BEING OBNOXIOUS OR TOO LOUD. AND WITH ALL NEW PIPES LINED UP, WE CAN TIGHTEN EVERYTHING AND CHECK IT OUT. ALL RIGHT LT, FIRE IT UP. [ engine starts ]

(JEREMY)>> THAT SOUNDS GOOD! [ engine revving ]

(JEREMY)>> THROATY DEEP SOUND, I LIKE THAT.

(LT)>> WHILE WE HAVE THE TRUCK UP IN THE AIR WE'LL DRAIN THE OIL AND START OUR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE WITH TRAVELER

BRAND FIVEW-20. IT'S A PREMIUM FULL SYNTHETIC, WHICH WILL PROVIDE THE HIGHEST

LEVEL OF ENGINE PROTECTION AVAILABLE, EVEN UNDER THE MOST SEVERE OPERATING CONDITIONS. IT'S NO SECRET THAT THE FACTORY TUNE IN MOST MODERN VEHICLES LEAVES A LITTLE BIT OF POWER ON THE TABLE. THE TRICK THOUGH IS HOW DO YOU EXTRACT THAT HORSEPOWER? THIS IS THE SCTX FOUR HAND HELD PROGRAMMER, AND IT WORKS ON MOST VEHICLES FROM 1996 AND NEWER, AND ON OUR 2010 FORD WITH A FIVE POINT FOUR IT SHOULD GIVE US ANOTHER 21 HORSEPOWER AND 44 POUNDS OF TORQUE ON THE 93 OCTANE TUNE. THE COOL THING IS THIS WILL ACTUALLY ALSO ALLOW US TO RAISE THE IDLE SPEED TO HELP KEEP THE BATTERY CHARGED DURING HEAVY WINCHING AS WELL AS ADJUST FOR LARGER WHEELS AND TIRES, BOTH OF WHICH WE'RE GONNA DO. WITH THE UNIT PLUGGED IN AND POWERED UP, ALL IT TAKES IS A FEW SIMPLE KEY STROKES TO UNLOCK THAT HIDDEN POTENTIAL IN OUR FIVE POINT FOUR. FIRST SELECT WHAT OPTIONS YOU WANT AND LOAD UP THE TUNE. THE STOCK TUNE WILL BE SAVED INSIDE THE DEVICE IF YOU WANT TO RETURN IT TO STOCK LATER.

(NARRATOR)>> NEXT, DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?

(LT)>> WE'RE BACK ON OUR F-150 WORK HORSE. NOW WE KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU GUYS AT HOME USE YOUR PICK UP TRUCKS FOR WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE WEEK, AND YOU KNOW THAT WORK ISN'T DONE JUST BECAUSE THE SUN GOES DOWN. ACCESSORY LIGHTING IS AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO YOUR FOUR WHEELER, UTV, TRUCK, OR JEEP, WHETHER YOU'RE WORKING

IN THE YARD OR FOUR WHEELING LATE AT NIGHT.

(JEREMY)>> LED LIGHT BARS ARE VERY POPULAR TODAY, AND THIS IS THE NEWEST OFFERING FROM TRACTOR SUPPLY. THESE ARE TRAVELER BRANDED OFF ROAD LED LIGHTS. THEY FEATURE KREE LED'S, WHICH IS A LEADER IN THE INDUSTRY, WITH AN AVERAGE 50,000 HOUR LIFE. THE CAB FIT WINDSHIELD BAR IS MASSIVE, AND FEATURES A NEW RADICAL DESIGN THAT'S A FIRST OF ITS KIND. IN ADDITION TO LED'S, TRACTOR SUPPLY ALSO OFFERS WIRING KITS AND ALL THE MOUNTING HARDWARE NEEDED. LET'S GET THIS BIG 50 INCHER OVER TO THE TRUCK AND MARK FOR OUR MOUNTING HOLES. THE ACCESSORY BRACKETS ARE VEHICLE SPECIFIC, WHICH MAKES INSTALLATION A BREEZE. ALL RIGHT, LET'S SEE IF WE CAN FIND WHERE THIS BABY'S GONNA LIVE.

(LT)>> ALL RIGHT, I'M THINKING SOMEWHERE AROUND THE TOP EDGE OF THE GLASS.

(JEREMY)>> ALL RIGHT, I'VE GOT THE BACK OF MY BRACKET EVEN WITH THE TOP OF THE GLASS. HOW DOES YOUR SIDE LOOK?

(LT)>> YEAH IT LOOKS PRETTY GOOD.

(JEREMY)>> NOW ONCE WE GET THE HEIGHT WE LIKE, WE'LL REMOVE THE BRACKETS FROM THE LIGHT BAR, MARK... [ punch tapping ]

(JEREMY)>>...AND DRILL THREE HOLES INSIDE OF THE APILLAR. THE BRACKET SECURES TO THE TRUCK WITH POP RIVETS. THEN WE CAN BOLT IT ON, SEE HOW IT LOOKS.

I REALLY LIKE HOW IT FITS THE ROOF OF THE TRUCK.

IT MAKES THAT BOW WITH THE WINDSHIELD, LOOKS REALLY GOOD.

(LT)>> THE WINDSHIELDS OF MOST LATE MODEL PICK UPS ARE ACTUALLY FLAT IN THE MIDDLE AND ROUNDED AT THE ENDS. THIS TRAVELER CAB FIT LED COMPLIMENTS THE SHAPE OF THESE LATE MODEL VEHICLES AND MAKES FOR A MUCH TIGHTER FORM FIT

THAT ENHANCES THE LOOK. WIRING UP A 12 VOLT ACCESSORY CAN BE A LITTLE BIT INTIMIDATING, BUT TRACTOR SUPPLY MAKES IT EASY WITH THEIR LED LIGHT INSTALLATION HARNESS, AND IT COMES WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A SAFE INSTALLATION, LIKE A 40 AMP RELAY, AN INLINE FUSE HOLDER, PLUS IT HAS THE CONNECTIONS IN PLACE TO GO DIRECTLY INTO THE LIGHT BAR. NOW YOU'VE HEARD US TALK A LOT ABOUT RELAYS, BUT WHY

ARE THEY SO IMPORTANT? WELL MOST AUTOMOTIVE 12 VOLT SWITCHES AREN'T RATED TO CARRY THAT MUCH CURRENT. SO THE SWITCH ACTUALLY CONTROLS THE RELAY AND THE

RELAY CONTROLS THE LIGHT, AND WE'LL GET STARTED UNDERNEATH THE HOOD BY RUNNING SOME WIRES AND FINDING A PLACE TO MOUNT THIS RELAY. A GOOD WAY TO MOUNT THE RELAY IS FAR AWAY FROM ANY SOURCES OF HEAT. I'LL LEAVE ENOUGH LENGTH TO MAKE CONNECTIONS AT THE BATTERY AND INSIDE THE TRUCK FOR THE SWITCH. NOW I RAN THE WIRES UP ABOVE THE CENTER CONSOLE KIND OF NEAR THE RADIO, AND I TOOK THIS FACTORY TRIM PANEL THAT SITS DOWN HERE AND I ADDED FOUR SWITCHES INTO IT. NOW THESE AREN'T THE STANDARD ONES THAT YOU GET IN THE KIT, BUT THEY'RE AN UPGRADE FROM TRACTOR SUPPLY. THEY'RE BACK LIT. NOW I ADDED FOUR OF THEM SO WE CAN ADD SOME ADDITIONAL

LIGHTING LATER ON, OR MAYBE ANOTHER ACCESSORY. PLUS THEY PLUG RIGHT IN.

(JEREMY)>> ALL RIGHT MAN, HIT IT! GOSH, WOW MAN, THAT THING IS BRIGHT. THIS BAD BOY PUTS OUT OVER 13,000 LUMENS, BUT THE BEST PART IS PRICE.

YOU CAN PICK UP THIS BAR, A WIRING KIT, AND BRACKETS FOR

UNDER $500 BUCKS, WHICH IS ABOUT A THIRD OF THE COST OF THE COMPETITORS. GOLLY, THAT THING IS BRIGHT. TRACTOR SUPPLY IS KNOWN FOR THEIR TRUCK BOXES, AND THIS ALUMINUM SILVER SERIES BOX IS POWDER COATED BLACK FOR A LIFETIME OF GOOD LOOKS.

IT HAS PLENTY OF STORAGE AND OPENS EASILY WITH ONE HAND. NOW FOR POWER ON THE GO WE'LL INSTALL THIS TRAVELER 3,000 WATT DIGITAL INVERTER. IT COMES WITH FOUR A/C OUTLETS, A USB PORT, AND HEAVY DUTY D/C CABLES. NOW IT'S GREAT FOR PROVIDING JUICE FOR THINGS LIKE POWER TOOLS, WORK LIGHTS, AND CHARGING BATTERIES ON THE JOB SITE. AFTER WE DRILL FOUR HOLES FOR THE CABLES, WE CAN SCREW THE INVERTER TO THE BOX, AND INSTALL IT INTO THE TRUCK BED. NOW TO KEEP IT LOOKING STEALTHY WE CHOSE THE LOW

PROFILE BOX SO IT DOESN'T STICK UP TOO FAR ABOVE THE BED RAILS.

(NARRATOR)>> NEXT, PAINT TIPS FROM OUR PAINTING PRO.

(JEREMY)>> NOBODY REPAINTS A WHOLE CAR WHEN YOU HAVE JUST A LITTLE BIT OF BODY DAMAGE LIKE WE HAVE HERE ON THIS SAMPLE FENDER.

SO TODAY I'LL SHOW YOU HOW TO PREP THIS AREA FOR PAINT AS WELL AS HOW TO DO A PROPER BLEND JOB. REMEMBER WHEN I WHOPPED A COUPLE OF DENTS IN THIS FENDER WITH A HAMMER. WELL THIS IS WHAT YOU GET FROM A DOOR DING OR A SHOPPING CART IN THE PARKING LOT.

I SHOWED THE PROPER WAY TO PULL A DENT WITH A STUD GUN AND THE PROPER TECHNIQUES USING A HAMMER AND DOLLY. TODAY WE'RE GONNA PICK UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF ON OUR SAMPLE FENDER. SO WHAT DO I MEAN WHEN I SAY BLEND JOB? WELL A BLEND IS A VERY GRADUAL TRANSITION FROM ONE PAINT TO THE NEXT.

NOW WHEN I DO A BLEND, THE FIRST THING I WANT TO FOCUS ON IS MY REPAIRED AREA. ONCE I GET THAT COVERED IN RED BASE COAT, THEN I CAN START TO STEP OUT EACH COAT ABOUT HALF WAY DOWN THE FENDER. NOW I'LL KIND OF FAN AS I GO TO MAKE THE PAINT VERY TRANSPARENT. SO TO THE EYE YOU CAN NEVER TELL THAT THIS FENDER'S BEEN PAINTED, BUT I'LL SHOW YOU GUYS HOW TO DO ALL THAT IN A FEW MINUTES. FIRST WE'LL GET STARTED BY PREPPING THESE AREAS FOR A LITTLE BIT OF FILLER. THE FIRST THING WE NEED TO DO IS MAKE SURE OUR AREA IS PREPPED FOR GOOD ADHESION. I'M GOING OVER THE REPAIR AREAS WITH 36 GRIT ON AN ANGLE GRINDER, GETTING RID OF ANY PAINT WHERE I MAY BE SPREADING FILLER, AND PREPPING THE METAL. THEN I'M GOING OVER THE OUTER EDGE OF THE PAINT WITH 80 GRIT ON A DA TO FEATHER OUT THE PAINT EDGE FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM THE METAL. NOW WE'RE READY TO LAY DOWN A SKIM COAT OF FILLER, BUT A LOT OF YOU GUYS OUT THERE MAY NOT KNOW WHAT FILLER YOU NEED FOR THE TYPE OF REPAIR YOU'RE DOING. SO I'VE SET A FEW OUT HERE TO TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT THEM. NOW THIS ONE IS CALLED METAL TO METAL. IT'S ACTUALLY AN ALUMINUM FILLED FILLER. YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE ALUMINUM PARTICLES IN IT. NOW THIS STUFF IS GREAT FOR GALVANIZED STEEL OR ALUMINUM REPAIR. NOW WHAT I LIKE TO USE IT FOR IS WHEN I'VE WELDED TWO PANELS TOGETHER. ONCE I'VE GROUND MY WELDS, IF THERE'S ANY CHANCE I THINK THERE COULD BE PIN HOLE I'LL USE A SKIM COAT OF THIS OVER MY WELD. IT WORKS REALLY GOOD FOR THAT. NOW THIS IS LONG STRAND FIBERGLASS. NOW THEY RECOMMEND IT FOR DEEP OR BIG DENTS, AND THEY EVEN SAY YOU CAN PUT THIS STUFF OVER RUST. NOW SINCE I LIKE TO METAL WORK EVERYTHING OUT, I WANT TO PUT THE LEAST AMOUNT OF MATERIAL ON A PANEL AS POSSIBLE. SO THIS ISN'T REALLY GOOD FOR THAT, BUT IF YOU HAVE AN OLD CORVETTE, SINCE THEY'RE FIBERGLASS, THIS CAN BE A GOOD PRODUCT FOR THAT. NOW THIS IS RAGE LIGHT WEIGHT BODY FILLER, AND THIS IS WHAT WE'LL BE USING TODAY ON OUR FENDER. NOW THIS STUFF SPREADS REALLY EASY AND IT'S EASY TO SAND.

IT CAN ALSO BE USED ON GALVANIZED STEEL AND ALUMINUM. NOW IF YOU'RE BUILDING AN OLD HOT ROD OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, THIS IS THE STUFF YOU WANT TO USE WHEN YOU'RE SKIM COATING PANELS.

NOW LASTLY WE HAVE METAL GLAZE POLYESTER PUTTY. NOW IT'S REALLY GOOD FOR GOING BACK OVER THE TOP OF YOUR FILLER IF YOU HAVE ANY PIN HOLES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT WHAT'S REALLY COOL ABOUT THIS PRODUCT IS IT CAN BE USED OVER A WELL PREPPED OEM FINISH, AND ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS REQUIRE A CATALYST, AND WE GET

STARTED WITH OUR FILLER.

SINCE WE'VE METAL WORKED EVERYTHING PROPERLY, WE ONLY NEED A SKIM COAT. IT TACKS UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. THERE'S A SWEET SPOT WHEN YOU'RE SANDING YOUR FILLER. YOU DON'T WANT TO GET ON IT WHEN IT'S TOO WET, AND YOU DON'T WANT TO LET IT DRY ALL THE WAY BECAUSE THEN IT'S JUST TOO HARD TO SAND. WHAT I LIKE TO DO IS TAKE MY LATEX GLOVES AND I'LL LISTEN FOR THAT "SMUT" WHERE MY GLOVE BARELY STICKS TO IT. I KNOW I'M PRETTY CLOSE AND THAT'S A GREAT

SPOT TO START SANDING. SANDS' LIKE BUTTER! I'LL START WITH 36 GRIT ON A BLOCK JUST KNOCKING DOWN ANY ROUGHNESS. SWAPPING TO 80 GRIT IS WHERE THE SHAPING TAKES PLACE, GIVING THE AREA A NICE FEATHERED EDGE. NOW 180 GRIT PAPER IS USED TO REMOVE ALL THE 80 GRIT SCRATCHES. I'LL MASK OUT THE PRIMER AREA TO PROTECT THE REST OF THE FENDER FROM OVERSPRAY. NOW FOR PRIMER I'M USING EVERCOAT SUPER BUILD POLYESTER PRIMER, MIXING FOUR TO ONE WITH A CATALYST, AND DOESN'T REQUIRE AN EPOXY OR ETCH PRIMER. THREE COATS AND A 15 MINUTE FLASH TIME AND WE'LL BE READY TO SAND FOR BASE COAT.

(ANNOUNCER)>> NEXT, BLENDING IN THE BOOTH.

(JEREMY)>> YOU WANT TO MAKE A FLICK OF THE WRIST AT THE END.

(JEREMY)>> WE'RE BACK ON TRUCK TECH. WITH THE PRIMER CURED ON OUR FENDER REPAIR, I CAN

APPLY SOME GUIDE COAT. THEN BEGIN THE BLOCK SANDING PROCESS. NOW I'VE WALKED YOU GUYS THROUGH THIS MANY TIMES BEFORE. SO WE'LL FAST FORWARD TO GET TO THE GOOD STUFF. AND WHAT I MEAN BY THE GOOD STUFF IS BLENDING PAINT,

WHICH IS SOMETHING WE'VE NEVER SHOWN YOU BEFORE. NOW SURE, WE'VE PAINTED A TON OF CARS FROM FRONT TO BACK BUT LET'S FACE IT, WHEN YOU GET A COUPLE OF DINGS LIKE THIS YOU DON'T WANT TO GET STUCK PAINTING THE ENTIRE CAR.

NOW WHAT I MEAN BY BLEND IS BASICALLY FADING THE PAINT DOWN THE PANEL. SO IF YOU HAVE A COLOR THAT MATCHES CLOSE ENOUGH AND YOU FADE THE PAINT OUT PROPERLY YOU'LL NEVER KNOW THIS THING'S BEEN PAINTED.

THE FIRST PRODUCT I'M GOING TO BE USING IS CLEAR BASE, MIXING ONE TO ONE WITH REDUCER. NOW THE PROS CALL THIS AN ORIENTATION COAT, OR WET BED. IT HELPS FILL ANY SANDING SCRATCHES, AND WILL HELP WITH

OUR BASE BLENDING BY PROVIDING A WET FOUNDATION BEFORE WE SPRAY OUR COLOR, AND ALL WE NEED IS ONE COAT. NOW WE'RE READY FOR BASE. NOW THE FIRST THING IS MAKE SURE OUR PRIMER AREAS GET FULLY COVERED WITH COLOR. SO I'M LAYING DOWN A FEW COATS RIGHT OVER THE PRIMER. ONCE IT'S COVERED THEN WE CAN START THE BLEND. STARTING AT THE FRONT OF THE FENDER, I'LL MAKE A PASS JUST PAST THE PRIMER AREA WITH A LITTLE FLICK OF THE WRIST AT THE END. ON THE SECOND COAT I'LL DO THE SAME THING JUST GOING A LITTLE FURTHER THIS TIME.

NOW IF WE WERE GONNA SPRAY A VEHICLE LIKE NORMAL, LIKE YOU'VE SEEN US DO, WE WOULD MAKE A PASS LIKE THIS. NOW YOU CAN SEE THAT'S AN ABRUPT STOP. NOW IF OUR NEW PAINT WAS A SHADE DIFFERENT, THEN THE OLD PAINT ON THE PANEL, WELL YOU WOULD DEFINITELY BE ABLE TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE. SO WHEN YOU'RE BLENDING A PANEL, YOU WANT TO MAKE A FLICK OF THE WRIST AT THE END. YOU CAN SEE HOW YOU HAVE SOLID COLOR AND TOWARD THE END HOW IT GETS TRANSPARENT. THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE BLEND, AND THIS IS WHAT'S GONNA MAKE IT WHERE YOU CAN'T TELL IT'S BEEN PAINTED.

WE'LL FOLLOW UP WITH ONE MORE COAT OF BASE AND THEN THREE COATS OF CLEAR.

WELL THERE YOU GO, AND THAT'S HOW YOU DO A BLEND. NOW IT'S NOT MAGIC, IT'S ALL IN THE TECHNIQUE. NOW IF YOU HAVE A REPAIR LIKE THIS AT HOME, IT'S PRETTY EASY TO DO. IT'S JUST ALL IN THE FLICK OF A WRIST.

(LT)>> GUYS WITH 2003 TO 2011 RAM 2,500 AND 3,500'S LISTEN UP. YOUR FRONT DRIVESHAFT HAS SEVERAL WEAKNESSES THAT CAN CAUSE YOU HEADACHES LATER ON DOWN THE ROAD. THE C/V JOINT CAN COME APART AND THE SLIP YOKE WILL FREEZE UP, BOTH OF WHICH CAN LEAD TO FAILURES OF THE TRANSFER CASE. POWERTRAIN PRODUCTS OFFERS AN UPDATED FRONT DRIVELINE THAT'LL PREVENT THIS SORT OF FAILURE FROM HAPPENING, OR IF IT'S TOO LATE FOR YOU, YOU CAN ALSO PICK UP A REMANUFACTURED TRANSFER CASE THAT COMES WITH A THREE YEAR

UNLIMITED MILEAGE WARRANTY. CHECK OUT POWERTRAIN PRODUCTS DOT NET FOR MORE INFO.

(JEREMY)>> FOR YOU OFF ROAD GUYS NEEDING A WINCH BUT YOU DON'T WANT TO SHELL OUT THE CASH FOR AN AFTERMARKET BUMPER TO MOUNT ONE ROUGH COUNTRY HAS THE SOLUTION.

THIS IS THEIR '09 AND UP FORD F-150 HIDDEN WINCH MOUNTING PLATE, AND IT ALLOWS YOU TO RUN THE FACTORY BUMPER WITHOUT ANY MODIFICATIONS. IT UTILIZES THE EMPTY SPACE BETWEEN THE CORE SUPPORT AND THE BUMPER TO MOUNT ANY STANDARD SIZE WINCH, AND INSTALLATION'S MADE SIMPLE BECAUSE THERE'S NO DRILLING AND ALL THE HARDWARE'S INCLUDED. CHECK OUT ROUGH COUNTRY DOT COM FOR MORE. THANKS FOR WATCHING TRUCK TECH, SEE YOU NEXT TIME.
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