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Old Yesterday, 11:06 PM   #451
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

While Aaron's doing his thing on the cab Chris and I are moving forward with the bed. We decided it would be easier to install the wheel well molding with it upside down. As expected, we had to drill new holes and adjust the shape as we progressed.
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

With the molding installed Chris and I turned our attention to the taillight buckets. I decided I wanted to protect the exposed area with undercoating. We prepped the surface and masked the exterior area.
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

We sprayed undercoating inside the opening. We were able to cover quit a bit of area that's typical left unprotected.
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

While Chris gathered parts and the corresponding bolts for what we plan to install tomorrow I worked on small parts.

The new grill needs a a cubic inch emblem and I dont have a nice one. I pulled the one from my mock up grill and set out to restore it. The original paint was badly faded and pitted. I stripped its clean then masked it off.
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

With the masking done I layed down several light coats of satin black
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

Unfortunately I had a big setback after removing the masking. The syringe I had loaded with red paint to fill the numbers stuck then let go and I blasted red paint everywhere.

After a complete meltdown I stripped all the paint off again and started over. I decided I couldn't end the evening defeated so I moved on to the next project.
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

We had pulled a Silverado tailgate band from my stash in the attic. It was in mint used condition but needed a good cleaning.

I pulled the Chevrolet emblem off and cleaned then polished the surface. It's not perfect but it's darn close.
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

While I had the emblem of I cleaned it thoroughly with glass cleaner and a toothbrush. The chrome polished up nicely but the black on the letters was a bit thin. I painted them with satin black and installed it back on the band
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Re: "Crewcab Jake" the 84 to 74 conversion

Is undercoating under the taillight housing going to affect the grounding of the taillight?

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Is undercoating under the taillight housing going to affect the grounding of the taillight?

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I don’t know the answer, but weird stuff like that can happen with grounds. When I replaced the wood on my stepside bed I started having problems with the taillights. I was getting real frustrated with it. Finally, I added a ground strap from bed to frame and they’ve worked fine ever since then. I guess the new wood somehow interfered with the ground. So I guess even undercoating on the bottom of the bed floor could possible effect the ground.

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