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Decided to treat the rig to a full windows out dent/ding removal and full re-paint in single stage factory 045 white.
In process at Balise Collision in West Springfield. They do great work.
Just doing my part to keep the economy going during COVID-19 lockdown.

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Slow and steady progress on the rig at the bodyshop. The agreement we made is that they work on regular business and use my rig to fill in work when they are slow.
This is going to be a completely new truck when they are finished.

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How long did they they quote?
I expected about a month and it may end up being two.
I have a connection there and we worked out a killer deal since they were so slow during COVID. They had to pay their techs even if there wasn't any work so they agreed to work on my rig and any time customers cars come in, work on my rig gets de-prioritized.
The arrangement worked for both parties. The long wait will be well worth it since I'll end up doing a full windows out and rehab of all sheet metal for a budget closer to a respray and minor sheet metal prep.
 
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The body shop got busy so it's taking a bit longer. That's fine since I ordered new exterior badges which won't come in until next week.
Doors are now in the paint shop and the chassis will go in once the gutters are redone with self leveling blue sealant.
In the mean time the techs have skim coated every single panel. The sheet metal will be straighter than it had when it left the factory.
Another week or two and I should have the final pictures.

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Slow but sure progress.
Got a new A/C condenser in and installed. Turned out the existing one had received some damage at some point years back. It was still holding the R134 but while its disassembled....
Sourced a Denso unit.
They are also spraying the front sub frame one some other areas in rubberized anti-chip material. Not a bad idea in the Northeast.
Have new bumper bolts and hood bumpers inbound from SOR.
Truck finishes priming this week, paint and re-assembly next week.

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Dual stage or single stage paint? which do they use these days?
You can do either.
I went single stage since I’m trying to keep the rig as stock as possible. Stayed with Toyota 045 paint color for the same reason and so it matches the arenas that aren’t being done (engine bay etc)
 
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