Ok! Welcome to the big build! I bought a m416 a couple of years ago from a guy on craiglist. It’s been really, really functional, but it is finally time that I addressed the rust and paint issues to extend it’s life another 40 years. This will be a pretty straightforward project, I just want to build something to go camping, but not a trailer so overblown I can’t haul stuff around anymore. I’m also building it so it can be easily returned to a semi-stock configuration. (more on that later) Here’s a couple of pictures of it’s condition before work began… and no comments about the jeep, I’m now on jeep number 4 and I’ll never have anything else! originally built in 1969, it was owned by the forest service for a while. has some bumps and bruises, but nothing very serious. As you can see, rust was starting to become an issue. I did a complete teardown and separated everything that was possible. After taking it all apart, it was off to the sandblaster: Puget Sound Coatings. They did a great job of blasting everything and coating the frame and components with two coats of epoxy paint. The paint looks great, but it turns out not to be all that hard, so I’ll be topcoating it with some harder paint that they were kind enough to give me for free. Next stop after the sandblaster was line-x. I used line-x of Kirkland, and while they were not cheap, I’d still recommend them, Jeremy did a great job on my trailer. while waiting for parts to come back, i ordered a whole mess of stuff and hit the tail lights with some paint remover then a buffing wheel. here's a before buffing and after buffing shot.