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1968k20 03-08-2018 08:38 PM

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So I have this one-owner 67k20 body that I need to dismantle(chassis is in the garage rebuilt). I found an almost rust-free body that I will put on the chassis. My question: where should I make my cuts for the pieces that I want to keep? The roof is dented,right-rear quarter panel is junk,windshield frame, etc. I have room to store the sheet metal for another project.

1968k20 03-08-2018 08:39 PM

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Maybe someone could draw a picture for me and map it out?

1968k20 03-08-2018 08:41 PM

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1968k20 03-08-2018 08:47 PM

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1968k20 03-08-2018 08:49 PM

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What tools should I use? Easiest order to cut?

LockDoc 03-08-2018 09:00 PM

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I would cut the panels as big as I could just to make sure I had all the useable stuff. Not sure how bad the top is or where it is bent but some of the crew cab guys could probably use the good parts.

I use a sawzall for most of my panel salvage but a cutoff tool works good in some places too. Just be sure and get a full face shield before you start.

LockDoc

HO455 03-09-2018 11:28 PM

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What I have done in the past is to cut the good panel pieces oversize as much as possible to make it easier for the body shop. To make quick work of this task rent a gas powered chop saw for the big straight cuts and the sawsall for the small and curved cuts. The sawsall blades you save should offset the rental cost substantially. Just a word of caution its best not to do this on Sunday morning at 7:00 if you like your neighbors. :lol:

suville 03-10-2018 01:16 PM

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Barn door or tailgate & hatch ?

1968k20 03-10-2018 07:45 PM

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Tailgate/hatch

1968k20 03-15-2018 08:44 PM

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I am going to start cutting tomorrow! I want to keep the firewall and floor pans. Where should I make those cuts properly?

1968k20 03-18-2018 12:06 PM

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Yesterday's progress...

HO455 03-18-2018 12:27 PM

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Looks like you had a productive day. Now the big dilemma. To save the center floor as one piece or to separate into two pieces, the floor and the third door sill.? Most likely someone needing the flloor will also need the sill. But the sill alone will sell faster. Oh what to do????

1968k20 03-18-2018 02:11 PM

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I am going to save all of it for now, because my 71k20 suburban needs rust repair!
Next, I need to take the side windows out. I am sure that someone has done this. What's the easiest way? Would like to save the gaskets if I can.

HO455 03-18-2018 04:14 PM

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I was unable to save mine due to the rear corners were too hard and ended up cracking. Maybe if I had tried from the inside instead on the outside I may of had better results. I recommend wetting them down for a couple of days with soapy water and/or WD-40 to help soften the rubber. I soaked my fixed 1/4 window seals for a week prior to reinstallation and it made a real difference. I have heard since that WD-40 will help too. It's definitely not a one person job. And if things go horribly awry there is a set of windows on C/L locally at present.
Good luck.

1968k20 03-18-2018 06:33 PM

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I was unable to save mine due to the rear corners were too hard and ended up cracking. Maybe if I had tried from the inside instead on the outside I may of had better results. I recommend wetting them down for a couple of days with soapy water and/or WD-40 to help soften the rubber. I soaked my fixed 1/4 window seals for a week prior to reinstallation and it made a real difference. I have heard since that WD-40 will help too. It's definitely not a one person job. And if things go horribly awry there is a set of windows on C/L locally at present.
Good luck.

Thank you. I will try that.

1968k20 04-07-2018 09:13 PM

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Finished tearing her down today. I get my "new" rust-free body next weekend, so I had to make room! I will start a build thread soon.

1968k20 04-07-2018 09:14 PM

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Ramiro0727 04-26-2018 04:33 PM

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