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VortecZ last won the day on March 17 2022

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  1. Like TeachersPet1066 said above, "turbo blanket". When I restored my 1466, I just found a super cheap one on ebay that was advertised as a generic "T3" size and it fit perfectly. I also got some matching header wrap to wrap the exhaust elbow. I run it with the pump turned up most of the way and haven't had any problems out of it.
  2. On my 1466, I used a cheap turbo blanket I found online plus some header wrap material to wrap the exhaust elbow. I still work this tractor pretty hard from time to time and the pump is turned up pretty far. I painted it in 2018 and this set-up has worked out really well for me. If I remember correctly, the size of turbo blanket I chose was just labeled "T3".
  3. I was lucky enough to see this in person at the roundup too. I was very impressed!
  4. The owner just got a really awesome trade for the 3288. Unfortunately he got a New Holland out of the deal but its a really nice, late model, low hour, MFWD, etc.. So, I guess we won't be taking it to the Red Power Round Up this year like I was hoping. Maybe the new owner will take it. Also, the new owner was so happy with the paint, he wants me to paint his 7130 Magnum too. I'll post pics of it on here when I get it done.
  5. Yeah that looks really good! Can't wait to see it back together.
  6. The owner just posted it on FB Marketplace for $33k. What do you guys think?
  7. That's an interesting observation. I've been meaning to do a thread on that myself. Unfortunately most boxcar Magnums look like yours with red paint missing. If there is still paint left, it really does work. I bought a MX240 an an auction looking horrible and several hours later it looked like new.
  8. The owner of this tractor is now ready to sell it. With the market the way it is and seeing crazy auction prices, I have no idea what it is worth. Any ideas out there what the asking price should be?
  9. No problem. I'm using there regular universal clear, not the 2.1 The PPG code is 932993 for the Ram truck code P61 which is their "Case IH Red" for their special order color option. The PPG basecoat was extremely close to the SPI dark red, side by side. You couldn't tell the difference. I have not compared it to actual Case IH paint from the dealership because that only comes in single stage as far as I know. It really is unbelievable how much better the price is for SPI and I've been using it a while now with no problems. I mentioned above using a PPG basecoat on a 3288. That one specifically was not the P61 red, it was a Chevy color that the owner of the 3288 picked out. I didn't get to choose. I forget the number on it but it looked good too. I am going to stick with SPI but for anyone nervous about it and wanting to stick with a big name, I would use the Ram color. Since Case IH and Ram are owned by the same company, I would expect the color to be correct for the late model tractors.
  10. Yes I've been using SPI for a while now. I started by using their clear and epoxy primer and then moved on to using a lot of their other stuff too. Both the Magnum and the F350 have "Dark Red basecoat" and "Universal Clearcoat". I also just finished a 3288 with a PPG basecoat and SPI Universal clear. It works with any basecoat manufacturer.
  11. Here is a pic of the truck my cab came off of. You would never guess there is an F550 under there unless you happen to recognize the Ford mirrors.
  12. Thanks! That cab could have been repaired but I replaced it instead. I found a place that buys brand new F550s, removes the entire body and builds armored vehicles for the military. The cab, doors, and hood on my truck were all removed from the same F550 with only 20 miles on it. The bed and bumpers are brand new take-offs from a local place that puts flat beds and utility beds on for dealerships. The left fender and very few other items were bought new from Ford. Its nearly a new truck! Finding deals like that is the real trick to building wrecks efficiently. Having a lift and all the tools is how you do it quickly!
  13. Here are the "before" pics: It was a really light roll and didn't even blow any air bags. Not sure how that happened. It came from Montana and I don't know any other details. I've been rebuilding wrecks for several years now. I even worked full time for a little while for a guy that does nothing but rebuild wrecked trucks for a living. Like most businesses, you win some and lose some but at the end of the year, it normally all works out. Since I do them myself, I can do it in my spare time and not worry about labor all that much. For anyone buying one that has been rebuilt, its a great way to get a nice late model, low mile truck for a price a good bit less than a clean title. I will warn you though, there are some shady shops out there that cut corners and give a bad wrap to the rest of us that do not. I suggest buying from a shop that you know does good work and ask around a lot before buying from someone you've never heard of.
  14. Thanks for all the nice comments. It really was a fun project. 1256pickett....I really like yours too. That's a nice color combo and good to see another guy on here with a similar truck. I've always been a huge fan of red and white. After all, we are a bunch of IH guys on here! But I like a lot of the other colors too. I already have a cab and other parts accumulating to do another one just to sell. Just need to find another wreck. It is a lot of extra work to do a two-tone but it is worth it.
  15. Thanks! and yeah there are actually several dealerships doing Fords and Chevys in the retro scheme. I think most or maybe all of them are wraps so you could easily change it later if you wanted. There was one kinda famous Ford at the Sema show in 17 or 18 that was red and white just like mine. I loved it and don't mind copying since it really was a factory scheme for a lot of years anyway. None of the others I have seen had custom interiors to match. One did have old-school horse blanket looking seat covers that really fit the theme. That was a nice touch.
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