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Old 08-20-2018, 06:31 PM   #76
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Re: 1963 GMC Step-Van 7

Monday Continued... I did alot of button welds with the mig to fasten everything together, and it was all straight and square when I was done.

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Old 08-27-2018, 06:31 PM   #77
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Well, another Monday and another week with time for projects. Today I fabricated the left side step and got it tack welded into place. I also folded over the left side of the floor over the top edge of the step. I had some time left over in the afternoon, with the assistance of the lads in the workshop, to hoist the original roof panel back on top. Two dozen bolts holding it on, and 1st time's the charm... it went on straight with no adjustments required. The next step will be to prepare the rear door header section. It will require some extensive fabrication before it will fit back into place and weld it to the new rear floor.

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Old 08-30-2018, 06:54 PM   #78
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Re: 1963 GMC Step-Van 7

Toady was another light day for retail in the workshop... so as I had previously planned, I began preparation to re-fit the rear door header section onto the rear of the chassis. My first order of business was to remove everything I had stored on the bed floor and square everything up so that I could take all the measurements I needed to prepare the bed floor.

The next order of business was to remove all of the rusted and twisted metal from the lower portion of the rear door header section. I ended up with a sizable pile of scrap metal after and I cut the rear panel away so that a new lower door striker panel can be fabricated to weld the floor to the rear panels. It is going to need several more hours of labour to fabricate the new lower door striker panel.

But enough of all that for now, it's been a long day and that rear door header is HEAVY. It took three of us to hoist it into place and get the first four bolts (ten in total) so that the rear door header section was properly mounted to the roof panel.

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Old 09-11-2018, 02:13 PM   #79
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Re: 1963 GMC Step-Van 7

Cool project just bought one i think 1965 mine has the vin Plate on steering column..need help decoating please PB1001NC2

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Old 09-12-2018, 06:32 PM   #80
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Cool project just bought one i think 1965 mine has the vin Plate on steering column..need help decoding please PB1001NC2
This is a model number, not a VIN, sorry... but all my information is for Canadian Built Trucks... Can anyone else chime in to Help out?
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:39 PM   #81
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Re: 1963 GMC Step-Van 7

Today was a Light afternoon, so I managed another 4 hours on the step van. Once they were removed from the remnants of the old floor, I spent close to 2 hours with a grinder removing all the rusted metal until all I had left was good steel to work with.

I will be installing some used rear wheel tubs and bed sides from a donor truck, then hopefully, welding everything back together. I estimate at least another 20-30 hours of labour fabricating all the structural pieces I will be needing. On the plus side, I managed to salvage more than 75% of the original body to work with.

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Old 09-24-2018, 05:09 PM   #82
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Re: 1963 GMC Step-Van 7

Another Monday, another light day in the workshop... so it was project time once again. Took a trip to my steel supplier after about an hour with a measuring tape and a sketchpad. $370.00 later, I was back at the workshop and jumped right into removing what was left of the forward door frame uprights. It was slow going, but eventually the 50 year old steel was tossed in the scrap bin and the space was ready for a brand new piece of 2 x 1 HSS to be welded into place.

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Old 10-21-2018, 01:56 PM   #83
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Re: 1963 GMC Step-Van 7

Well, it has been a year since I purchased the step van... and it is time to put it away until the slow time in the Workshop after Christmas Break... so until January peeps!
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Old 10-22-2018, 12:27 AM   #84
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Re: 1963 GMC Step-Van 7

Oh, no ~ you're busy in the Winter ? .

That was always my slow time when I had my shop .

Don't give up and don't forget to keep us posted .
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Old 10-22-2018, 09:56 PM   #85
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Nice progress!
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