“I didn’t know how to do any of this stuff when I started,” Reames said. “With the Internet and asking a lot of questions from car guy friends like Marshall Mayes, the guys at Boyd Automotive and Palace Automotive, I just did it.”
He also called on the expertise of Reno Rod and Custom Supply Inc. in Oklahoma City to correct electrical wiring deficiencies.
“They hid some wires I had installed,” he said.
Reames also took a class at Mid America Technology Center in Wayne on auto body work.
“Taking the truck apart was a challenge because everything was rusted together,” he said.
Carrying one piece of sheet metal at a time to their work facilities, Reames painstakingly smoothed out all the dents and dings and prepared it for a fresh coat of paint.
“I had parts piled up in the dining room or anywhere I could during the process and eventually put it all back together,” he said. “The biggest challenge was working out of a two car garage.”
One peek into Reames’ spotless, well-organized garage and tool bench reveals that he’s the methodical type. It’s a model of efficient use of space.
“I also have a shed in back and put some parts back there and some in the attic,” he said.
The truck’s sheet metal is essentially the only thing original about Reames truck. Golf ball size hail stones won’t leave a mark on this tough old Detroit steel. Reames bought an air compressor and sprayed fresh lacquer on the sheet metal himself. The royal blue paint job looks terrific. It was the first time he’d ever painted a vehicle and people regularly express admiration for the old truck’s new finish inside and out.
“I’m not very good at being patient but sometimes I just had to sand off what I’d already painted and start over until I got it right,” he said. “I really enjoyed doing the metal preparation work.”