I just bought a 1971 Chevy C10 pickup. Super common. I6, three on the tree, long bed. I bought it to haul lumber from lowes, hardwood boards, firewood, dirt, etc. I plan to use it. It won't be a show truck.Naturally, it's a bit rusty. Door seals failed and the rockers and doors themselves have holes. No surprise. I see pooled water in the front left of the engine bay after rain, and the bed is pretty rusty. The drain holes were clogged, so the back of the bed near the cab looks the worst. Also, the cab rain channel looks rough (I don't see any holes yet, but who knows) and I see a rusty spot on the top of the cab.The hood and tailgate are black. The rest of the vehicle is blue.I've never restored a vehicle before. I'm a fairly competent backyard mechanic, and I bought a nice Miller TIG welder a couple of years ago. This will be a learning experience for me.So what is the best way to stop the rust so I have time to replace metal and get the mechanics humming? I plan to have it professionally painted, eventually, but it could be years before it happens.I don't have a garage to put it in, unfortunately, so I was thinking about grinding off the rust and using spray paint to seal it. Classy, I know. It'll be a lot of work, but I figure the work is better than letting my money rot in the driveway. What kind of grinding wheel works best for rust removal? And what kind of paint should I apply when I'm done? Any good books to recommend on the subject?I'm not opposed to buying tools to make the job easier/faster. Let me know what my options are.Thanks!
why not post some pictures. put them up at some image hosting site like photobucket.. its free.. then paste the links here..its easier to see what you are thinking of doing..and .. if you have a sand blasting shop in town.. if you decide to work on one area.. have them sand blast just that area.. so its nice and clean.. outline the area in duct tape.. so they can see where to stop.... when you put images up.. there are several forum members who have extensive rust repair photosets.. and how they were fixed..