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Got tired of polishing chrome and moved into the interior flooring that I am trying to save. The front rubber floor is original but had a few cracks/tears from getting hard and shrinking from age. There was a small amount of surface rust on the drivers but the passenger side had more signifigant rust and a couple small holes.. Poked around with an ice pick to find the thin areas and then broke out the thin areas. Then used navel jelly, then rust paint, then patched any holes with welder, primed, covered patches with seam sealer, then final coat of paint. Would have been better IMO to replace a floor section on the pass side but trying to keep as much original as possible.
Drivers after navel jelly.
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Navel jelly working and small holes.
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Patched.
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Seam sealer over primed patches, another coat of paint was applied over this, before the jute padding was installed.
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The OEM style rubber flooring seems to be a rarity so decided try and restore the original.
Several steps and many hours later.. looks like it can be saved! Was about a 12" tear where the hump and pass floor meet..
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New padding installed on floor areas that were deteriorated, and re-using original padding for the hump area.
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So much better!
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This was the closest replacement for OEM that I could find (vinyl), so available if needed for resto.
 

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You may be better off doing a repaint on that hood and roof. I have a truck with similar mileage that I need to do the same to. Even a cheap single stage properly taped off would preserve the steel.
 

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Agreed, paint would definately be a good choice with something so weathered. But problem was, would either have to fake patina the new painted areas to match, or paint the whole rig.. and I liked the idea of keeping it origional. Guessing the coating on there should be about the same effect as paint, keeping out the air and moisture yet still a paintable surface when it comes time for a re-paint. Wasn't trying to get rid of all the rust on the hood/roof, just to stabilize it and wanted to keep the original character.. hence no rust converter used in those areas. The rust kinda matches the faded Dark Brown Metallic lol
 

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Restored vs original rubber floors and moving to the rear. (After scrubbing with degreaser, then soaked with 303 brand protectant for 24hrs.)
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Rear padding was in good shape and found some Michigan plant swag underneath!
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Fairly clean under the padding with just a little surface rust on drivers side. Cleaned up pretty good. Going to put a coat of rust converter paint on the left side before covering up.
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More of the chalked "54" showing up in various places..
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and peaked my interest so I checked the build sheet looking for a "54" and find the "ROTATION NUMBER" at upper left is 1654..
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I remember seeing that somewhere... oh yeah, inside the passenger side fender with a big S lol!
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So guessing the 54 tagged all over this Bronco is reference to the rotation number.. Who knows? Or maybe more accurately, who cares! lol Just interesting going through this unmolested stocker. Don't think this is what they mean by "numbers matching" but they do! lol
 

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Had some nice weather so cleaned up the rear frame and fenderwell areas before winter hits. With all the weathered steel I been cleaning lately it was nice to see the new brakes!
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Rear flooring and side panels back together. Did not think the old rubber floors could be saved but so suprised looks almost new. The 303 softened it up a little as well so should last a few more years.
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Trim and rubber cleaned up pretty well and getting the mirrors back on woot woot!
For the trim, used this and a hand drill around 1000rpm. Red bar in kit seemed to work better of the 2. Was able to take off deposits and water spots no problem and didn't harm the paint if contact was made.

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Trim and rubber cleaned up pretty well and getting the mirrors back on woot woot!
For the trim, used this and a hand drill around 1000rpm. Red bar in kit seemed to work better of the 2. Was able to take off deposits and water spots no problem and didn't harm the paint if contact was made.

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wow that paint is coming out great


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I've been told to paint the bumpers, and that would be easy... and would look great.. so makes sense, but.. I don't like the idea of covering up the deterioration.. Weird. Guess I see it as more of an artifact to be preserved and examined rather than looking "new". With that being said, no repro parts on this Bronco and polished up the faded out bumper. Does not look new, but one of a kind with decent shine lol Pictures don't show it well but has a nice luster, the black having slight a hammered steel look and some metal shining through like a trout lol, Kills me to not paint the bumpers but they have a story to tell. Same dilemma on the grill and headlight trim..all faded.. Beauty queen or story teller.. going to leave it. Planning on reworking the hitch for more clearance.
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