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mickeykreg 06-16-2017 11:04 AM

rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Wow, what a commitment! Cutting into the body on this truck is intimidating to say the least. I've done some messing around with my mig, but never anything this challenging. What a schooling!
When I've been researching this I've not found very much info about what lies under the roof skin, like where braces are and how things are spot welded together. I went to the junkyard and cut the roof out of an 84 blazer to use part of it for patch panels and to cut it up to see how it's put together.
So far my to do list includes the windshield frame above the glass, floors, bedsides, and tailpan. I sold the top and tailgate cause I don't have room to store that stuff and cause I want to use a soft top and truck tailgate instead. Hope I don't regret that later.
In Baja this past winter whenever I'd get on a rough road little bits of rust would rattle out of the headliner and fall in my lap. I was expecting it to suck pretty bad when I took things apart, but it wasn't as bad as I thought. Here's some pics from first stage.

Rust above windshield frame.
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https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4240/...b547bbc2c8.jpg2017-06-14_08-11-52 by Mick, on Flickr

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Decided I needed a dome and map light so while the roof was apart I placed the wiring and made a bracket for a light out of a '98 Tahoe. Backseat light actually cause it's a bit smaller.
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While the top skin was cut out I used some of this stuff.
http://www.eastwood.com/eastwood-int...z-aerosol.html
to spray around inside between the layers and down the A pillars. Also used to hit the inside of the pinch weld after things were put back together. Not sure it'll make a big difference, but makes me feel better.

A bit later I'll post some pics of the cut up junkyard roof so you can get a better idea of what's going on under the top skin.

68Timber 06-16-2017 02:41 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Nice work.

mickeykreg 06-18-2017 09:54 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
sort of done with the roof for now, just need to do the filler and primer
https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4221/3...b10085e433.jpg

junkyard donor roof
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A pillar cut away looking down from the roof
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looking up the A pillar from below
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B pillar cut away
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If you want more pics of how the roof is put together let me know, still have it in the driveway for now.

mickeykreg 06-18-2017 10:01 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Next up are the bed rails.

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the junkyard donor bed rail with spot welds drilled out and separated.
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the patch
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the partial fix, just need some epoxy primer and filler and finish
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blazer2007 06-19-2017 09:51 AM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
what kinda clecos are those

mickeykreg 06-19-2017 10:21 AM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
They're just a set of stitch weld magnets from Eastwood. On sale for like $5 or something. I've been using them alot, not using the butt weld clamps much though.

68Timber 06-27-2017 02:30 AM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Wish you weren't two days drive away, I could use the back half of the donor cab. My 79 has rot where the top butts against the half cab. KUTGW...

frenchy51 06-27-2017 05:36 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Good job! I just got done doing a couple of patches for my "74's door strikers but nothing like what you're doing. Very satisfying to cure cancer though!!

amberkalvin 06-27-2017 10:51 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Man I wish I had tour patience. Looking good!

mickeykreg 06-28-2017 10:17 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 68Timber (Post 7977711)
Wish you weren't two days drive away, I could use the back half of the donor cab. My 79 has rot where the top butts against the half cab. KUTGW...

I think I'm done with it so if you can figure out some transportation you can have it for nothing.

68Timber 06-29-2017 02:18 AM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mickeykreg (Post 7979229)
I think I'm done with it so if you can figure out some transportation you can have it for nothing.

I appreciate that. Greyhound might ship it, but it'd cost more than a parts truck to send it that far. I'm sure there's one close to me, but I haven't put that repair on my calendar yet so I haven't shopped for that piece yet. It's just ironic to see it here. BTW, I've noticed your white truck in the background of a few pics, cool to see you still have it.

phillipm 06-29-2017 07:26 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Looks like you've taken your time and done a very good job with your repairs. Nice work.

mickeykreg 11-06-2017 03:06 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Thought I'd throw out an update, as I've had a bit of a eventful summer. Kind of back on track now.
My white truck has had a rod bearing making noise for a while now. Just as I was getting ready to head out on a road trip in July it started to really make a racket.

So I had to swipe the motor out of the blazer.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4489/...66257d25_z.jpg

...and jabb it in the white guy
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Then rolled out on a 2500 mile road trip into Idaho, Montana, and Washington for some fishing with my kid.
North Fork Clearwater, Idaho
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Coming down into Superior, Montana
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Montana/Idaho stateline we got woke up by a bear huffing around at 3am.
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While on the road in Spokane I stopped into a junkyard that had a seat sale going on so I picked up these '99 Tahoe seats for $22 for the pair.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4523/...44267cb9_z.jpg

Then took a big hit getting them re-skinned in buckskin leather. Seats have always been high on my priority list so these should work out.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4549/...bbd2db01_z.jpg

Since the motor was out of the blazer it was time to bite more bullet. 400hp Roller cam vortec 355 from West Coast Engines online. Not sure what I'm going to do with this other than break something. Maybe turn the white guy into a muscle truck later, but that'll require a 502BBC.
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I was thinking since the motor was out and the floor was all cut up that now would be a good time for a NV4500.
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4483/...dd74dbd5_z.jpg

Bummer I can't drive it for a while yet. Hope to have it ready for another Baja trip by this time next year. I think I'm done with mechanical for now. Back to body work next.

phillipm 11-06-2017 03:26 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Seats turned out great! Anyone who's paid to redo seats realizes that the TMI stuff is actually a good deal! Nice work as always.

mickeykreg 11-06-2017 05:28 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by phillipm (Post 8076626)
Seats turned out great! Anyone who's paid to redo seats realizes that the TMI stuff is actually a good deal! Nice work as always.

I used Katskin who cuts material on bulk then works with local shops to do the install. They had a good selection of colors and styles of leather. I paid $600 each, which I didn't think was too bad.

Sorry, what is TMI?

mickeykreg 11-06-2017 06:11 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Getting into the passenger B pillar, oh jeez:
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The neighbor down the street brought over some peppers. Surprised he'll still talk to me considering all the noise I've been making.

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mickeykreg 11-10-2017 11:30 AM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Picking up where I left off with bed rails in post 4.

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mickeykreg 11-10-2017 11:38 AM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Finishing repair above windshield in post 3.

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phillipm 11-10-2017 12:17 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Man you're doing a great job! Keep it up.

TMI is an interior shop. http://www.tmiproducts.com/

mickeykreg 11-10-2017 12:27 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
I guess one good thing about this taking forever is I've got some time to decide on interior. Thanks for the link.

Next on the list is to build a roll bar, which I hope will give the cab some added structure before I cut up the floor.
JD Squared model 3 bender
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4524/...4669a6bd_z.jpg

raggedjim 11-10-2017 12:44 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Nice work, Rg

phillipm 11-10-2017 12:51 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Man that must be one beefy table! I've got my JD2 bolted to the concrete and it takes some muscle to get it done! Maybe yours is air/hydraulic?

mickeykreg 11-10-2017 12:58 PM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by phillipm (Post 8079435)
Man that must be one beefy table! I've got my JD2 bolted to the concrete and it takes some muscle to get it done! Maybe yours is air/hydraulic?

Yeah, I'm not sure if it's going to work. I used it to bent a couple cheaters the other day and it held up ok. Bench is made out of 2x6's and treated 4x4's screwed to the wall. I like that when I run out of room in a bend I can pivot the vise and keep going. Not much room in my garage.

mickeykreg 11-15-2017 10:54 AM

Re: rust repair on the '77...here goes nothin
 
Roll bar done. I figure this is a good backup to the work I did in the B-pillars.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4526/...549d8fda_z.jpg

Also wanted to give a thumbs up to this guy on YouTube for the good tutorial on tube notching without a tube notcher.


68Timber 11-16-2017 02:38 AM

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Sweet sweet sweet.


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