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Old 10-29-2020, 11:52 AM   #551
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Re: 1965 LWB Stepside Build

Dropped by the shop today to check on my truck.

WE HAVE EXHAUST!

They just need to button everything up and I will have it back. Was very hard letting someone else touch my truck after 3 years of working on it...

They need to wet sand and polish the dash where the welded in my patch panel and put the windshield back in ...they took it out to paint the dash. The engine bay is real clean how they ran the wiring and such for the vintage air. Here are a few pics I took. Will take better ones in the sunlight when I get the truck home.

I also cranked it and Oh My Gosh it sounds good! Can't wait to get it back so I can drop the bed on it and cruise!
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Old 10-29-2020, 02:12 PM   #552
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Great progress, thanks for the updates.
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Old 10-29-2020, 02:35 PM   #553
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Looking good! it will be together before you know it now.

Before you put bed back on I would hit all the welds of exhaust with some high temp paint (personally I would paint whole system from mufflers right up to tips) I know with the exhaust getting spray from tires the welds can start rusting pretty quick.
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Old 10-29-2020, 02:47 PM   #554
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Looking good! it will be together before you know it now.

Before you put bed back on I would hit all the welds of exhaust with some high temp paint (personally I would paint whole system from mufflers right up to tips) I know with the exhaust getting spray from tires the welds can start rusting pretty quick.

Thanks...good advice! Never thought about the welds rusting...since it is stainless pipe I "assumed" I was fine. Good call!
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Old 10-29-2020, 02:59 PM   #555
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Yeah I mean as long as they used stainless wire to weld it up it wont rust through or anything but might still get specks of rust through weld and at hangers. I know some shops just weld the stainless with standard wire and that rusts so better to throw something on it either way for me lol.
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Old 10-29-2020, 05:35 PM   #556
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Thanks for showing how the exhaust was run. That's almost exactly what I was thinking about doing with my truck once I get to that point of needing it done, so it's good to see that it will all clear. Did you use 2.5" pipe?
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Old 10-29-2020, 10:28 PM   #557
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Yeah I mean as long as they used stainless wire to weld it up it wont rust through or anything but might still get specks of rust through weld and at hangers. I know some shops just weld the stainless with standard wire and that rusts so better to throw something on it either way for me lol.
I will ask them what they used, but I would rather be safe than sorry! So I am sure I will get some high heat paint this weekend so I can spray it real quick before I put the bed on.

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Thanks for showing how the exhaust was run. That's almost exactly what I was thinking about doing with my truck once I get to that point of needing it done, so it's good to see that it will all clear. Did you use 2.5" pipe?
It is 2.5" pipe...I like how it is run. I didn't want anything super fancy... $$$. Sounded good too. I will shoot a video of the sound after I get it back.
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Old 10-30-2020, 03:15 PM   #558
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It looks like you had better luck than I did with the shop you chose. Nice work. Where does it cross to the outside of the frame? I would also recommend putting some high temp paint down.
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Old 10-30-2020, 04:25 PM   #559
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It looks like you had better luck than I did with the shop you chose. Nice work. Where does it cross to the outside of the frame? I would also recommend putting some high temp paint down.
Thanks, I was expecting them to tell me I needed to swap out to a mini starter. I told them when I took it if it needed it, just let me know and do it.

I will be honest, I was so excited to see and hear the exhaust, I didn't look to see where it crossed. I "assume" it is angling back directly out of the manifold, maybe that is how they got around the starter. I will look when I get it back.
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As most of you know my truck is in the shop getting exhaust and having my vintage air charged. I got a call from the shop Friday at about 1PM saying my new condenser is leaking. It is new, but also 3 years old..since I just got around to installing it but have had it since May of 2017. I called the place I bought it from and they said I had to go through Vintage Air, they could do nothing for me. So I called Vintage Air not really thinking I could get it replaced under warranty. I had to leave a message. Shane from VA called me back within 30 minutes and I told him the situation...and said it is out of warranty by a few months. Shane said, that's OK, we are going to take care of you! He found my original order and asked where I wanted it sent...About an hour later I received an email with shipping notification...and today I received it! I could not believe I got it so fast. They are in TX and I am in GA. Any build I do in the future will have Vintage Air in it...their customer service was above anything I expected! Thanks again Shane and Vintage Air!
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As most of you know my truck is in the shop getting exhaust and having my vintage air charged. I got a call from the shop Friday at about 1PM saying my new condenser is leaking. It is new, but also 3 years old..since I just got around to installing it but have had it since May of 2017. I called the place I bought it from and they said I had to go through Vintage Air, they could do nothing for me. So I called Vintage Air not really thinking I could get it replaced under warranty. I had to leave a message. Shane from VA called me back within 30 minutes and I told him the situation...and said it is out of warranty by a few months. Shane said, that's OK, we are going to take care of you! He found my original order and asked where I wanted it sent...About an hour later I received an email with shipping notification...and today I received it! I could not believe I got it so fast. They are in TX and I am in GA. Any build I do in the future will have Vintage Air in it...their customer service was above anything I expected! Thanks again Shane and Vintage Air!
That is awesome! I have used them on my "69 and will use them my "66. Customer service for smaller company will make or break the company if you ask me. Awesome for you and great looking truck!
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That's good to hear. I love hearing good things about a company I'm considering purchasing from
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That is awesome! I have used them on my "69 and will use them my "66. Customer service for smaller company will make or break the company if you ask me. Awesome for you and great looking truck!
I agree, customer service is a dying art form, but the companies that understand it get my business....can't go wrong with VA!

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That's good to hear. I love hearing good things about a company I'm considering purchasing from
Yeah, it is nice to know you picked the right company for your hard earned money!
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Awesome progress! And, Vintage Air has always been good to me, too, on some of my oddball requests and part replacements.
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Awesome progress! And, Vintage Air has always been good to me, too, on some of my oddball requests and part replacements.
Thanks Vince! Yeah, VA replaced decals I didn't receive 3 years later also. They seem to want to take care of their customers for sure! Just wish I could buy directly from them instead of someone else so they would get a bigger slice.
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