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Old 06-10-2019, 10:19 AM   #26
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Very nice work!
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Old 06-11-2019, 12:10 AM   #27
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Looking good, nice work
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Old 06-20-2019, 12:10 AM   #28
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Iíve got a week off work... so Iím getting back to the truck. After cleaning up the front fenders I wasnít happy with what was hidden. Lots of rust filled with mud! so I decided to strip the whole body. Not going to go through all the effort n not do it right. Iím removing 6 layers of paint using stripper n a heavy wire wheel on a grinder. A lot of work, but coming out nice. First time Iíve seen someone weld a gas cap in place of the gas filler hole Iíll be fixing that as well. I received my front fender halves n am in the process of getting those fixed. Had to make patch panels for the top inner part of them. Tomorrow Iím going to get the fenders done. Reinstall the rocker panels n message the fenders to align everything.
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Old 06-30-2019, 11:41 PM   #29
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Took longer than I figured to get the half panels fitted. I had to rebuild the braces that are behind the panels next to the doors. I then took a day and coated everything with por-15. Itís a little tricky to roll the edge of the panel around that brace, but managed.
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Old 06-30-2019, 11:48 PM   #30
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Now Iím on to the rockers and the left eyebrow. Planning on removing the front turn signals too. Hereís a few more pictures of the front fenders
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:08 AM   #31
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Wow...that's slot of work on the fenders...I'm guessing you couldn't find replacements?....looks good..
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:39 AM   #32
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Lots of work, your lines look great, nice job...Jim
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:23 PM   #33
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Wow...that's slot of work on the fenders...I'm guessing you couldn't find replacements?....looks good..
Thanks mongocanfly. Itís $300 for the pair of half fenders vs $1000 for a new set. Iíve also read that the new ones donít fit well.
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:24 PM   #34
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Lots of work, your lines look great, nice job...Jim
Thanks, itís definitely a labor of love
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Wow...big price difference....you did a good job on it....
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:00 AM   #36
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Got a start on the rocker panel. I added a piece of angle to it so I could line it up with the quarter panel. As you can see in the last picture I warped the crap out of it. Figured with the angle I could be a little more aggressive... wrong! I put some relief cuts in the top and managed to straighten it out. Just have to do the other side. Had to change direction because some of the bare metal was starting to rust in the humidity. So I spent 8 hours today getting as much prepped for paint. Looks good in primer. Also started getting parts in for my door latches. Iím going to use corvette C6 door hardware... weíll see how that goes.
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:42 PM   #37
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Managed to finish the rockers last week. They turned out pretty well!
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Old 08-01-2019, 10:56 PM   #38
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Now on the the door entry system. This is where some of the custom metal work begins. Got the latch mounted and a good start on the pocket to hold the release button. Now I have to notch the b-post to match the pocket so the door seal has a place to mount. Then the notch behind the door for your hand to fit into. Thatís what I have drawn out in the last picture. So far so good!
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:34 AM   #39
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Your metal work has been great!! do you have your own metal break? Ive been thinking about buying a small one.
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:56 AM   #40
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all that sheet metal repair and replace has paid off. Very nice job all around.
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Old 08-02-2019, 07:58 AM   #41
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Thanks mongocanfly. Itís $300 for the pair of half fenders vs $1000 for a new set. Iíve also read that the new ones donít fit well.
you got that right. Very nice job of metal fab.
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Old 08-02-2019, 08:49 AM   #42
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fab work coming out nice!!! I'll be following
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Slick work..,!!....door handle will be a cool mod...
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Old 08-02-2019, 10:30 AM   #44
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these clean and strip discs work great for paint and rust removal. wear glasses and gloves for sure though (found out the hard way with the gloves, if I would only leave those guards in place, lol). available with a drill style arbour or a roloc style as well. bodyshop supply places should have them. I just tried a couple sizes, 4 1/2" electric disc grinder and also air angle die grinder, and they work awesome. strips down to metal in a hurry and not much metal damage/scratches. epoxy primer over top and the scratches fill easy.

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they seem kinda spendy but they do last a long time compared to some other stuff. less messy than stripper. like anything though, watch the heat build up on the bigger panels. no worse than a wire wheel and they don't poke wire into your coveralls.....
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these bristle discs work great too

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Thanks for the compliment. No break, just using a 4Ē vise for small stuff. The firewall and steps I brought to a local metal shop.
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Thanks, Iíve been following your build also. I plan on doing a similar inner fender.
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Thanks Mongo. Iím hoping they turn work well. Not sure how to build the dish shape for the indent in the body. Figured Iíll grab my hammer n figure it out as Iíve done so far
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