Once at the strippers, True Grit's owner, Brad,
took it all off by way of media blasting, which shoots plastic pellets at the
body using pressurized air. Subsequent sandblasting, bid adieu to the few
remaining rusty areas, giving revealing clean metal edges upon
which to weld patch panels. Finally, the entire
truck was wiped down with a phosphoric solution
and primered, before surface rust could rear its
ugly head. No unwelcome surprises were revealed.
And not a whiff of pooey brown remained. Time for
a new nickname and not a moment too soon. From
here on in, "the Turd" would be known as, "Ratiki".