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Old 10-13-2014, 09:03 PM   #1
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My truck will be 2 years old next month and keeping it looking nice seems to be getting harder and harder

First it was a hit and run, got that fixed, then, a self inflicted run in with a deck post, got that fixed. Then there was that stick of copper pipe that viciously attacked my paint, that one is still there. And then finally last week, I was rear ended with a love tap at a red light.

Oh well, nothing stays new forever I suppose...except that nice shinny new bumper

All is well in Super land, his insurance accepted fault so I ran it over to Ford and had them slap a new one on.

Even gave me back the old one in case I mangle this one up worse then the previous one.

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Old 10-13-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
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You're is doing a lot better than mine. Had mine for 4 years & it's got several dings. Usually by this time, we've hit a deer, or someone's hit us & we get it in the shop & get everything fixed at once. My body man cuts me a good deal on my damage when it's a big claim.

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I know, I've been pretty lucky actually...last job I did was next to a state park that is loaded with them - people nail them every day this time of season.

My customer actually totaled his Cadillac last year around this time. Hit two of them at once

He was Okay, his car, not so much
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I didn't have this one 6 months, before I backed into a tree & tweeked the bumper. Then a couple years ago, the wife backed into the pickup ear on a dumpster & busted the tailight & dented the tailget pretty good. Then last winter, when she was trying to get hooked up to a trailer in muddy/snowy ground, she slipped sideways & caved in the bedside right behind the cab. Gonna have to pony up outta my own pocket next spring when we trade, if I don't get a claim before then.
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Dang super, your truck looks good...

This was last Thanksgiving up in the Blue Ridge mountain area. Only thing I've fixed so far was my headlight so it would pass inspection a couple months ago...

About 15 minutes after it happened while we are all standing around trying to figure out what the heck to about this, no cell service, 1.5 hrs from home, etc... a Jeep with a 10k winch comes around the corner and about 2 hrs later had my brother's truck unstuck (which is why we parked this truck and were working on his and mine just slide off the road) and had mine pulled back up onto the road.

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12.5 years, 270k when these pictures were taken.

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About a gallon of paint and bondo works well, I get qts because I always do different colors.
The bondo I get in gallons put it on and sand it off lol

My kids say they will hate too see my van in a crash because the paints so thick it will be like the chocolate coating on a ice cream bar!!!
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I can't keep anything nice.
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My truck is 13 years old. Why do you have to have a pristine looking truck?
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half the time I just pray my truck will start, I could care less what it looks like.
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My truck is 13 years old. Why do you have to have a pristine looking truck?
Well for me I love my vehicles and keep them in good shape, my toys I treat the same way but I beat the hell out of them but don't wreck the looks so when it comes time to sell I get top dollar.

My van is a reflection of how I take pride in my stuff so people know I'm going to do a quality job and yes I get a lot of compliments on it especially since I'm in the rust belt and it is a work truck.

Hell my 75 is in nice as shape as a couple year old vehicle, I ran into the original owner the other day he was amazed I still had it then I showed him a burnout video he was even more shocked?
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My truck is 13 years old. Why do you have to have a pristine looking truck?
It's my OCD and probably a question better suited for my therapist

Remember you'll dealing with a fella who climbs under the truck with a can of fluid film in search of minute specks of rust.

Truth is, my old wheels were 16 when I traded her in. I always kept it in nice shape and it was a pleasure doing so.

Here she is the last night I owned her, before she was stripped and traded away for my current love
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My truck is going to be 10 xmas time and I still wash it once a month. Im over due for a wax.

The only dings I have were from a run away shopping cart at HD. I was loading the truck in the back looking down, heard a noise and saw the cart against my door. I scanned the lot and couldnt make eye contact with anyone.

Ask to see some video and manager wouldnt help. He said file a police report.
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My truck is 13 years old. Why do you have to have a pristine looking truck?
It is the way I try to take care of everything. I have been slacking lately, truck gets washed twice a week instead of 3 times a week.

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It's my OCD and probably a question better suited for my therapist Remember you'll dealing with a fella who climbs under the truck with a can of fluid film in search of minute specks of rust. Truth is, my old wheels were 16 when I traded her in. I always kept it in nice shape and it was a pleasure doing so. Here she is the last night I owned her, before she was stripped and traded away for my current love
please give us tips on how to keep my truck 2013 ford 150 looking good.I'm in toronto canada so we have to deal with lots of salt and ice in the winter and crazy pot holes in the summer
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I try my best to keep my truck looking "neat"... Definitely wont win any car shows but looks clean and professional
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My last truck was all work so it was dirty a lot of the time. It had a few dings here and there but was in overall good shape.

My current one is a work/family truck. So I am going to take extra special care of this one. Really love a clean neat truck!
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My truck is 13 years old. Why do you have to have a pristine looking truck?
I work in a lot of neighborhoods where all the vehicles are late model. Professional looking rigs get peoples attention.

Sold a job a couple years ago, just because she seen my truck/trailer & commented on how professional we looked. They built a new house this summer & they called us to put in their new floors & stairs. Wouldn't have done the work this summer if she hadn't noticed our rig in the first place.
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This one is 17 years old now, and with the price of the new trucks, I'm hoping it'll last 17 more years.
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I have the new guy in my old van I have asked him to clean it out and tidy it up, on work time, but he just ignores me. It is really starting to piss me off. I have seen he is all about production, I am trying to teach him you can't have great production and a sloppy job site or van but he just dosnt get it

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