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Old 11-21-2019, 06:17 PM   #76
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if you want to use cleco's for a butt joint instead of lapping the parts you can file a 1/2 hole on each side of the joint where the cleco will go and then use a washer on the back side for the cleco to grab and squeeze the parts together. use magnets to hold it together until the cleco's are in and then the magnet can also help hold parts together while you tack weld it. move the magnet away from the mig weld spot before you tack that spot so the weld doesn't distort. of course you need access to the back side of the panel to get the washer in there.
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Old 11-24-2019, 09:40 PM   #77
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Finished the drivers door this weekend. This one also turned out nice! Now to fit them and set door gaps. Going to install the door seals before I install the latches and strikers. Lots of small figment issues I have to address.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:48 PM   #78
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Worked on the the door latch area where the seal will be. I had to build a step that the seal mounts to so it mates with the cab properly. So far so good. Now to finish the other side and install the seals. Build a channel that the striker will travel through. Then I can install the latches and strikers. Then work on final fitting of the doors.
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Old 12-09-2019, 12:57 AM   #79
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Finished up the door seal lips. Also filled in the striker channel in each door. Next Iím going to install the door seals and set the strikers.
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Old 02-26-2020, 12:25 AM   #80
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Iíve burned out on the doors so onto something different. I replaced the step surface to smooth them out. I also received a new front panel, tailgate and bed sills. Iím making my own box sides. Thereís really not much to them. Iíll post pictures of the progress
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Old 03-03-2020, 10:52 PM   #81
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Box is coming along. I rounded the bottom of the stake boxes and the bed rail. Tedious work, but is looking good. I managed to get the box mocked up on the garage floor today. Just have to finish welding everything up. Slowly making progress!
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Old 03-06-2020, 09:25 AM   #82
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Box is coming along. I rounded the bottom of the stake boxes and the bed rail. Tedious work, but is looking good. I managed to get the box mocked up on the garage floor today. Just have to finish welding everything up. Slowly making progress!
you're doing very nice work. Looking good
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Old 03-06-2020, 03:36 PM   #83
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another great metal fabricator..........you guys amaze me.

Thanks for the pics, I find your work so impressive.
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Old 03-06-2020, 05:43 PM   #84
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one heck of a job you're doin bud. very very nice! love it!
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Old 03-07-2020, 09:02 PM   #85
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Thanks everyone for the compliments. The inspiration for the modifications come from the other builds I see on this site. Bam slammed57 and Kim in particular. Itís definitely a labor of love! Iím going to keep cutting til I like it
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Old 03-10-2020, 10:45 PM   #86
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Spent some more time on the box sides today. Iím going for a clean look with no seams or bolts. I decided to weld studs in for the gate hinges. Then cut a plate to cover everything on the exterior side. Then welders the plates together on the end. That made the termination of the box side thatís next to the tailgate about 1/4Ē thick. It looks good
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Old 03-10-2020, 11:03 PM   #87
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Few more pictures. Just some more welding to finish them up. You can see in the 3rd picture where I welded in that plate. Turned out really clean! Now I have to back track some and straighten out one of the curved ends. I didnít have it lined up very well. One of these days I will learn not weld everything solid UNTIL I step back and double check. Oh well, live n learn!
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Old 03-11-2020, 03:10 AM   #88
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Nice work.
Sometimes I find taking a few pics, pouring a coffee and then checking the pics with zoom etc, I find small things I didn't notice when working in the heat of the moment.
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Old 03-11-2020, 08:22 PM   #89
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Really nice workmanship!
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Old 03-15-2020, 09:57 PM   #90
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Nice work.
Sometimes I find taking a few pics, pouring a coffee and then checking the pics with zoom etc, I find small things I didn't notice when working in the heat of the moment.
Good call. Sometimes I just need to take a step back
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Old 03-15-2020, 10:00 PM   #91
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Really nice workmanship!
Thanks! Iím planning on using the same rear logo you have on your tailgate. I think it looks great on your truck.
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Old 03-15-2020, 10:09 PM   #92
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Spent some more time on the box today. Finished welding and grinding the box sides, then mocked it up to lay out the mini tubs. Only fender I was happy with is galvanized. Iíve had zinc poisoning in the past welding galvanized metal. Iím going to grind off the coating near the areas to be welded. Well see
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Old 03-15-2020, 11:10 PM   #93
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The bed looks great
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Old 03-15-2020, 11:26 PM   #94
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Looks good...Jim
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Old 03-16-2020, 08:06 PM   #95
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Nice job! You bed is going to look killer! I’m doing all similar mods to my bed also right now.
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Old 03-17-2020, 12:37 PM   #96
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That bed looks awesome! Nice work!
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:58 PM   #97
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Nice job! You bed is going to look killer! Iím doing all similar mods to my bed also right now.
I agree. I saw your build the other day n thought we were consulting each other on ideas. Yours is also looking killer. I also have the same hidden latches to install! Thatís the great thing about this forum, you get good ideas! Bad thing is my build keeps getting more complicated
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Old 03-17-2020, 06:00 PM   #98
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Thanks for the compliments everyone!
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Old 03-17-2020, 07:57 PM   #99
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I agree. I saw your build the other day n thought we were consulting each other on ideas. Yours is also looking killer. I also have the same hidden latches to install! Thatís the great thing about this forum, you get good ideas! Bad thing is my build keeps getting more complicated
Thanks for the compliment! I agree I see something then I start working in that direction. My build is on its second year because of the custom touches.
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Managed to get my mini tubs and hidden latches done today. Just have some rust repair to do on the front part of the fenders. Then the box should only need minor things addressed!
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