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Old 12-19-2017, 11:50 AM   #1
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1982 Shortbed 4x4

If you saw the recent video, you know my soon-to-be-driving son and I took the ’82 Chevy Shortbed cab off the frame,
something we didn't initially intend to do. Since then we’ve moved it into the garage and stripped the cab of it’s remaining
attachments: glass, brake booster, parking brake, hood release, etc. along with the wiring (both factory and "previous owner")
and up-ended it to gain easy working access to the underside.




As you're all aware, the cab corners on a lot of these notoriously rot out from the years’ accumulation of dirt & moisture
and this one was no different. Some owners will choose to let them rot and drive the trucks as-is, paying more attention
to the mechanicals as time & money allow. (That was a younger me.) Some will purchase replacement corners or have the
work done professionally. Others will choose to cover the rot with plastic body filler to hide it before painting.
You can probably guess that our previous owner chose Option #3.




Although it may not seem like a lot of fun to most, it’s a good opportunity for one of us to see why we’d rather do things right.
Truth be told, he’s already grown weary of running into all the make-shift repairs on this particular vehicle; but if it were perfect,
there’d be nothing to get good at, right?





We bought this as a first project and a project it is. He is seeing first-hand how and why to fix things the right way.
This is the perfect first truck in my opinion.


At the time of this photo we hadn’t yet started cutting back to get to good, weldable metal. We just hit what was left
of the body filler a few times with a hammer, let it fall to the floor in crumbles, and then chiseled-out the remains and all
the paper/cloth that was stuffed in as backing. What was left was what was there to begin with:




Knowing we were going to get into a similar situation on the driver’s side, we went through the same routine with the
hammer so we could take care of both sides at the same time. After knocking out the garbage, we cut the metal back
to see how far up the cab we would need to go and then measured for what size pieces we needed to make:




In a short time the next morning with basic tools we had a couple of patch panels ready to try. A few test-fits,
subsequent trimming and trips back-and-forth to the bench grinder, and the newly formed parts were ready to tack in place:








We’re going to wait until he rebuilds the engine/trans/transfer case and re-installs them between the framerails
before lifting the cab back into place, but we’ll get it all done one piece at a time.



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Old 12-19-2017, 01:42 PM   #2
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Re: 1982 Shortbed 4x4

Very nice repair on the corners. A project with your son is always a good project.
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Old 12-20-2017, 04:21 AM   #3
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Old 01-06-2018, 04:18 PM   #4
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Rebuilding the Transfer Case



Somebody before us installed the Planetary Lock Plate in the NP208 with bolts that were too long.
They ground into the surface of the planetary assembly when it rotated:


The thing had to make a heck of a grinding noise when it was in Low... if it even went in all the way.
We'll be addressing this along with missing thrust plates on the front output shaft and a few other
comparatively small items.


Good thing he tore into it.
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Re: 1982 Shortbed 4x4

We also got the rest of the metal work done on the cab, both inside and underneath.



Welded-up all the previous-owner holes in the firewall and cleaned it up before primering:



Applied rubberized undercoating to the bottom:



And last night started laying-on the base-coat Light Jadestone:







Before calling it quits for the night at 0-dark-thirty.


More as it comes.
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Old 01-07-2018, 12:51 AM   #6
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Re: 1982 Shortbed 4x4

I miss my son being around, we were ALWAYS doing what you're doing. I still do but it's not near the fun it was. My son lives in Nashville now & I only get to see him a few times a yr. My daughter's son has NO interest in this kinda stuff, but 7 yr old grand daughter- She's gonna go for it I'm sure!
Wish you & your son well, enjoy this time it is like no other.
I told my wife not long ago that I didn't have anybody to hot rod with, coon hunt with, mud ride or shoot with & she needed to have another baby!
She plopped her hands on her hips & said "My Baby Havin Days Are OVER! If You Want Another Baby You Go Find Somebody Else To Have It For You!"
Guess it didn't hurt to ask...
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Re: 1982 Shortbed 4x4

This is great. Would like to follow this as a build. Keep us updated if you're up for it. Thanks.
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Re: 1982 Shortbed 4x4

Someone has some skills to pass on and one really nice shop with some cool tools.
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Re: 1982 Shortbed 4x4

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I miss my son being around, we were ALWAYS doing what you're doing. I still do but it's not near the fun it was. My son lives in Nashville now & I only get to see him a few times a yr. My daughter's son has NO interest in this kinda stuff, but 7 yr old grand daughter- She's gonna go for it I'm sure!
Wish you & your son well, enjoy this time it is like no other.
Andy, I couldn't have said it better myself and greatly appreciate your insight. I'm not building trucks. I've built enough of them over the years. My focus is on this young man and his older brother. They're building trucks... and gaining valuable life skills in the process. I'm building young men.

In my mind I know they're not going to stick around forever. Something would be wrong in how we're raising them if they did. They're going to go off and live their own lives in this world. I'm thankful their willing to let me share what I can while they're here.

[I started to get on my soap-box about time on electronics vs practical skills and deleted what I typed - Twice.]
I think you and I could talk over a cup of coffee in the morning on the weekends before going off to our respective projects, lending each other a hand as needed, etc.

Thank for posting. You make me think.


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This is great. Would like to follow this as a build. Keep us updated if you're up for it. Thanks.
I agree. It is great... and I'm fortunate to be a part of it and to be able to share with people who "get it".
I'll keep posting as it comes together.


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Someone has some skills to pass on and one really nice shop with some cool tools.
The skills were a long time, and a lot of mistakes, in the making. If I can save these two guys some time and let them have their own mis-takes, they'll be light-years ahead of me. They're both already doing much more than I was at their age.

Regarding the shop & tools: I am happy to be out of the weather and off the dirt. It wasn't always the case.

Reading about Old Yeller right now. We also cut some double-front-shock bracketry from this frame. As you said in your build, must've been an '80's thing.
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Re: 1982 Shortbed 4x4

Took a nice drive today in Old Yeller and picked up a nice cruiser bicycle. Gettin old myself I guess. I want to build a nice shop and take the old girl apart and do some justice to her like you and your son are doing. I will have to have my daughters help me though.
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Re: 1982 Shortbed 4x4

It was about a week ago in that last post that the first coat of color was applied, cab on its back, paying particular attention
to the underside and some of the harder to get at areas. Since then, we’ve oriented the cab to a more normal position and sprayed
additional layers of the basecoat Light Jadestone Metallic.




The dash is Gloss White, and as you all know only the bottom half will eventually show. We're going to put a black vinyl dash pad on top.




A few days later he set about laying-on multiple coats of clear, inside and out. Getting the cab solid and having it look
as good as it does is really motivating in that the vision is becoming a reality. He’s starting to see the actual results of all his
hard work and stick-to-it-tiveness. We’re at a point where we're dealing with fewer of the previous-owner issues
and the work is less of a grind and more uplifting.










And while were on the subject of “uplifting”; yesterday he, his brother, and I got together after work & school and were
able to collectively maneuver the cab out of the garage and back up & onto the frame without a bump or a scratch to his
new paint. This is it in this frosty morning's early sunlight hours.





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