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Old 05-09-2019, 11:33 AM   #26
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Re: 1966 F100 Short Bed Styleside Metal/Body/Paint Work

The driver side bed corner fit pretty well at the bottom but stuck out past the bedside towards the top.






I was able to reach the spot welds through the taillight opening with an extended nose grinder and carbide burr. You can see how much I moved the panel inward to make the two flanges flush.







We decided to shave the stake pockets, so I cut out the flanged lip and made a filler panel that keeps and extends the seam so it looks like a factory panel.











I drilled a couple holes to plug weld the filler panel's flange in place like the rest of the corner's flange.




Coated the inside of the corner with epoxy before welding it shut.




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Old 05-09-2019, 01:43 PM   #27
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Re: 1966 F100 Short Bed Styleside Metal/Body/Paint Work

That stake pocket cap and wheel tubs looks great!...
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:03 PM   #28
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Re: 1966 F100 Short Bed Styleside Metal/Body/Paint Work

It's looking great. You make it look so easy!
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Old 05-10-2019, 02:39 PM   #29
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Work looks great as always.
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:57 PM   #30
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Re: 1966 F100 Short Bed Styleside Metal/Body/Paint Work

You notice details that are so small that some of us would never notice they need fixing.
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Old 05-14-2019, 09:33 PM   #31
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You notice details that are so small that some of us would never notice they need fixing.
Amen!!!! But now I notice them. Iwish I could fix them like he does.....
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:45 AM   #32
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Re: 1966 F100 Short Bed Styleside Metal/Body/Paint Work

Very nice work on the ole girl!
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:49 PM   #33
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Re: 1966 F100 Short Bed Styleside Metal/Body/Paint Work

Thanks guys!!

The passenger side pocket was a bit more work since the seam was crooked at the top. I rounded off an air chisel tip and used that to move the edge of the long panel over to where it should've been.






After moving it over, still not perfect but much better than before.




Patch made, determining the right spot to make the bend so the gap is even.




Bent, fitted, and welded weld in.






The front bed pockets were opened up to get back to flat metal, then were straightened, spot blasted to touch up missed areas of rust, primed, and welded shut.







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Old 05-15-2019, 04:52 PM   #34
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The second wheelwell came in so I started getting it ready to install. The shock notch was welded up first, then I had to narrow the mounting flange to clear the raised lip on the inner bedside.


I scribed a line on the patch, then trimmed with tin snips for a near-exact fit with no grinding needed. This saves grinding discs and makes less dust in the shop.










Difference in flange width.







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Old 05-15-2019, 04:56 PM   #35
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I welded in the header panel using the original spot weld holes, but some of those were halfway off the edge of the panel so I used a copper spoon to keep the weld contained and the edge straight.






The upper seams weren't pretty from the factory and they won't really be seen once the truck is assembled. I welded them up and ground down the welds so that all of it would look decent once seam sealer is applied.









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Old 05-15-2019, 08:08 PM   #36
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Outstanding!!!....I'm jealous of your skills and how well your making that metal look....
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:19 PM   #37
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Outstanding!!!....I'm jealous of your skills and how well your making that metal look....
X2!! Very nice work
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