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Old 01-11-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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For those that have been following my build thread sorry I deleted it due to me canceling my picture hosting site and all my pics disappeared. I’ve been working over the last couple weeks to put it back up and finally finished it . If I missed something that was there before let me know and I’ll put it back.
Here is what I started with.
1958 Chevy Big Window I only bought it for the cab. The guy I bought it from kept it in a trailer park.

So I’ll start with the frame I installed a Mustang II , 4 link, and c-notched the rear of the frame.





I made a frame rotisserie out of two engine stands to get the frame ready for paint.






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Old 01-11-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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8.5 Chevy Rearend Narrowed to 58 inches (mounting point to mounting point) with moser housing ends and axles.



4 Link install.


I had to modify the caliper bracket and the axles retainer to install my disc brakes.
Here is what I came up with.


The rearend completed . With the micky mouse ears off the rearend looks
cleaner, and will clear the bed floor.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:20 PM   #3
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There was extensive rust damage on this cab but I wanted a big window cab and I had to have it.lol I should have waited because I ended up building a cab.lol I had to replace both cab corners, the steps and rockers, floors, and the roof.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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Roof replaced.





Door Repair




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Old 01-11-2011, 04:21 PM   #5
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58 Fender repair



I ended up cutting the front portion out and made a better patch to get a nicer edge. You notice it in the final pic.


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Old 01-11-2011, 04:22 PM   #6
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After all this work I knew what I really wanted was a 55-56 truck. I have a 55 210 and I always wanted twins.lol


I decided to change the front clip to a 55. How it came about was a friend challenged me to fix some terrible 55 fenders and they came out nice so I said why not.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:03 AM   #7
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Where did you get the repair panels? and would you get them from there again. Did they come with the hinge nuts in them or is that separate? thanks, looking at your build is like having an instruction manual on-line...

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Old 03-24-2011, 01:24 AM   #8
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Looking good my friend, looking real good.. as allways.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:29 PM   #9
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Where did you get the repair panels? and would you get them from there again. Did they come with the hinge nuts in them or is that separate? thanks, looking at your build is like having an instruction manual on-line...
I got my panels from Brothers trucks. The inner panel was nice but the outer door skin left much to be desired so I ended up must making my own out of 18 gauge metal. The problem with the outer skin was the metal felt too thin and flimsy. The inner panel is a nice piece and when I bought mine the hinge nut panel came separate. I hope this helps and I'm glad you find my build useful. I told you that you would enjoy this site, there are a lot of really nice build going on over here.

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Looking good my friend, looking real good.. as allways.
Thanks man, and your build is looking great also. I've been following it very closely, everything is looking good.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:23 PM   #10
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Okay that pretty much up to date other than the custom mods I added which are.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:24 PM   #11
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Smooth the vent cover

Shaved gas filler

Shaved firewall


Smooth the rear section of the cab and added a 3rd brake light



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Old 06-24-2013, 08:28 AM   #12
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Smooth the vent cover

Shaved gas filler

Shaved firewall


Smooth the rear section of the cab and added a 3rd brake light



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Bam,

I have a few questions about how you made your cuts on your firewall. I have attached a picture of mine. As you can see, I have been practicing welding the holes up since I was going to cut that portion out for a patch anyway. My question is did you make your cut at seam #2 and then use filler back up to seam #1 to smooth it all out? Or did you make the cut at seam #1 for the patch and then fill? I hope this make sense what I am asking?
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BAM, Months ago you posted that you bought a Miller Diversion 180 TIG welder. You loved it then....how do you feel now? Would you buy it again?

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Old 07-03-2013, 04:59 PM   #14
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BAM, Months ago you posted that you bought a Miller Diversion 180 TIG welder. You loved it then....how do you feel now? Would you buy it again?

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Actually that was more like two years ago.lol I need to finish this truck.lol Anyway for a home and hobby builder its a nice machine. Are there better tigs machine out there? Yes. But for a home builder I love this little easy to setup and start running beads on steel, stainless, or aluminum machine. So the answer to your question is yes I'm still in love with my new girlfriend.lol
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Rounded front and rear bed corners






Mini tubs





Shaved door hands and bearclaws latches installed in reverse because I want the solenoid in the cab corner instead of at the bottom of the door.





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Old 09-22-2011, 05:41 PM   #16
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Mini tubs





Shaved door hands and bearclaws latches installed in reverse because I want the solenoid in the cab corner instead of at the bottom of the door.





what did you use to make the rounded part on the bedsides? this is a very cool mod.
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what did you use to make the rounded part on the bedsides? this is a very cool mod.
Its really easy to answer this question because someone asked me to do a how to on another forum so I can just copy and paste it here. I've seen this mod done many ways but this is how I did it I don't like getting into debates of what is better and all that crap so for those who done it differently more power to you. This is all my feeble mind could come up with.

Sorry but I had to go there because I've seen people trying to start debates that think only one way to do things. The cool thing about this stuff is get 10 of us in a room and at least 5 of us will do things differently. I find that cool, some people do not.lol IMO there is no right and wrong with metal working just the end results. I'm still working on those end results.Thank god metal is forgiving or I'd be in trouble.lol

1. I bought a 16 gauge 1 /58 u-bend exhaust pipe from jegs. One pipe will do
both rear corners. Just cut them in half to make them j-bends.lol

2. I used the pipe to see what material on the bed needed to be removed.
3. I cut the pipe in half and played with the fitment of the pipe until I achieved
the desired fit and I tacked it in place.


4. I used a piece of cardboard to make a template of the filler piece and
transferred that to 16 gauge sheetmetal and welded it in.

5. Grind the welds and its done

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Old 09-23-2011, 10:17 PM   #18
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Its really easy to answer this question because someone asked me to do a how to on another forum so I can just copy and paste it here. I've seen this mod done many ways but this is how I did it I don't like getting into debates of what is better and all that crap so for those who done it differently more power to you. This is all my feeble mind could come up with.

Sorry but I had to go there because I've seen people trying to start debates that think only one way to do things. The cool thing about this stuff is get 10 of us in a room and at least 5 of us will do things differently. I find that cool, some people do not.lol IMO there is no right and wrong with metal working just the end results. I'm still working on those end results.Thank god metal is forgiving or I'd be in trouble.lol

1. I bought a 16 gauge 1 /58 u-bend exhaust pipe from jegs. One pipe will do
both rear corners. Just cut them in half to make them j-bends.lol

2. I used the pipe to see what material on the bed needed to be removed.
3. I cut the pipe in half and played with the fitment of the pipe until I achieved
the desired fit and I tacked it in place.


4. I used a piece of cardboard to make a template of the filler piece and
transferred that to 16 gauge sheetmetal and welded it in.

5. Grind the welds and its done

You know how you can tell when someone is a friggin TALENTED, damn near genius? Well, at least at some things,

When they can come up with a way to do a complex job relatively cheaply, make it look incredibly simple (when its definitely not) and it makes you say, "Why didn't I think of that?!"
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You know how you can tell when someone is a friggin TALENTED, damn near genius? Well, at least at some things,

When they can come up with a way to do a complex job relatively cheaply, make it look incredibly simple (when its definitely not) and it makes you say, "Why didn't I think of that?!"
I don't know about all that Dan, but I thank you.
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Rounded front and rear bed corners






Mini tubs





Shaved door hands and bearclaws latches installed in reverse because I want the solenoid in the cab corner instead of at the bottom of the door.





After looking at the pix of your bed.. are you installing wood? and if you are... are you installing it under the angle strips you have welded on, or laying it on top?
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47-55 1st Series Chevy Truck Battery access door.

Pancaked the hood. I took an inch out.







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Twins are hot; your truck and car are nice too! Nice build project. Keep the pics. coming.
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i was wondering where this build went...glad to see it back up
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I'm still amazed at the amount of work you've done to your truck.
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Twins are hot; your truck and car are nice too! Nice build project. Keep the pics. coming.
Not going there, but my mind did for a second. TWINS are hot.lol Thanks for the compliment.
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Sorry man, but there has not been much to update anyway other than I installed the seats. Other than that I've been working on panel alignment issues.
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You got nerve.lol You've done a lot of work also and you've done a great job I might add.
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