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Old 07-18-2018, 12:16 AM   #1351
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Re: What did you do with your truck today, Part 3

Got the cowl vent working, the hinges were rusted solid, found this the other day. They were so solid I didn't think it was a moving part, thought the hinges bolted to these "brackets" under the dash. :P So I had to heat them up red hot to get the rust loosened up so they would move. I have to tell you, I miss the cowl vent while driving down the road, I use to love opening it up, can't wait to do it again!

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Old 07-18-2018, 04:42 AM   #1352
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I have to tell you, I miss the cowl vent while driving down the road, I use to love opening it up, can't wait to do it again!
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Some POS PO filled mine in!
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:17 AM   #1353
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I have to tell you, I miss the cowl vent while driving down the road, I use to love opening it up, can't wait to do it again!

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Agreed, one of the best times cruising was with the vents open. O course, after the debris cleared out.
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:22 AM   #1354
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that's part of the 2-2-65 a/c system - 2 windows, 2 vents & 65 mph!!
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:59 AM   #1355
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that's part of the 2-2-65 a/c system - 2 windows, 2 vents & 65 mph!!
Yeah vent windows are AMAZING for moving air aren't they! Got one piece windows in the truck so the cowl vent will be all I have.

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Old 07-18-2018, 10:04 AM   #1356
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Yeah vent windows are AMAZING for moving air aren't they! Got one piece windows in the truck so the cowl vent will be all I have.

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Dunno about that. I rarely use vent windows just the cowl vent and crack the side windows OR open the new rear slider. Again we are on the coast (ocean front) and hot days a real rarity (thank god).
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:40 PM   #1357
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Picked up a 49 drive train today to rebuild to a 3.55. Guy said come and get it before I go to the dump. He is a really nice guy. This way I can have original and a 3.55.
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:23 PM   #1358
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Picked up a 49 drive train today to rebuild to a 3.55. Guy said come and get it before I go to the dump. He is a really nice guy. This way I can have original and a 3.55.
That's cool!
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Old 07-18-2018, 08:14 PM   #1359
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That's cool!
do any of you guys need an original rear? I have one. its not doing me any good
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Old 07-18-2018, 09:11 PM   #1360
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Day 4 of not doing anything on my truck. While it's in paint jail the garage is getting a makeover. Yesterday was spent assembling a bunch of storage cabinets, today the drywall guys are mudding and taping. The walls should be finished on Friday so painting can get done over the weekend.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:34 PM   #1361
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Spent the whole day trying to align the fender and hood.

When it comes to adjusting the front sheet metal on these trucks I've come to the conclusion that while the actual fit may not change, after several hours of frustration your perception of it does.
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:10 AM   #1362
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That is looking DAMN good actually, DAMN good.

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Old 07-19-2018, 12:11 AM   #1363
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Got out to the garage and made a patch for the cowl top, it'll need some fine tuning of course but got her close.

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Old 07-19-2018, 01:01 AM   #1364
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Got out to the garage and made a patch for the cowl top, it'll need some fine tuning of course but got her close.

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Clean work. I have rot on both left and right lower windshield. I might just end up getting a replacement panel and cutting out what I need.
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Old 07-19-2018, 04:19 AM   #1365
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That is looking DAMN good actually, DAMN good.

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Thanks Brian. However I still have the passenger side to do :-(

Do you have your own sheet metal brake for making those bends, or just put it in a vise?
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:40 AM   #1366
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I have a cheap brake, but it works like crap. I used a vice with a pair of one inch angle iron. Bend the middle one, using a spoon to gently do it. Then the bend on either side of that center I use piece of quarter inch by 1.5 inch flat stock and just whack it with the hammer.

Andrew, I can walk you through it if you want to give it a try. You will also need a shrinker/stretcher.

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Old 07-20-2018, 12:38 AM   #1367
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I have a cheap brake, but it works like crap. I used a vice with a pair of one inch angle iron. Bend the middle one, using a spoon to gently do it. Then the bend on either side of that center I use piece of quarter inch by 1.5 inch flat stock and just whack it with the hammer.

Andrew, I can walk you through it if you want to give it a try. You will also need a shrinker/stretcher.

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Hey Brian, appreciate the offer. Right now I have zero room in the garage for anymore equipment. I have a small 2 car garage thats not deep enough even for my truck, I need to remove the bumpers and bumper brackets to be able to close the garage door. Plus add in the 3 motorcycles I shoe horned in around it, and its almost impossible to get around it to work on. Reminds me, I need to sell some stuff to fund this project further.

Will probably start a build tread soon. Just trying to inventory what I have, what I thought I had and what I need to still get. My memory is very cloudy of what I thought I parked in the storage garage 20 years ago.
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:47 AM   #1368
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My "five minute a day" plan is WORKING! I go out there to just fine tune the patch, that's it, then I think, ok, I will tack weld it in place, then ok, I will weld it, I finished it! WHOOO HOOOO!

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Hey Brian, appreciate the offer. Right now I have zero room in the garage for anymore equipment. I have a small 2 car garage thats not deep enough even for my truck, I need to remove the bumpers and bumper brackets to be able to close the garage door. Plus add in the 3 motorcycles I shoe horned in around it, and its almost impossible to get around it to work on. Reminds me, I need to sell some stuff to fund this project further.

Will probably start a build tread soon. Just trying to inventory what I have, what I thought I had and what I need to still get. My memory is very cloudy of what I thought I parked in the storage garage 20 years ago.
OMG I can't believe what I have found that I forgot I had! OMG it happens to me over and over!

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An old car friend of mine (my oldest car friend, met him while riding my mini bike) came by and took this photo.

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anyone know what size socket I need to remove factory running board bolts? I remember them being a common size but I don't want to get out to the yard and find they are a star bolt or something.
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Old 07-20-2018, 10:38 AM   #1372
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I believe they are either 3/4" or 1/2" socket if that narrows it down for you!
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Made a couple of Stainless Steel 1/4" thk "FLEETSIDE" emblems for my 58. if anyone is interested in a pair let me know
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Made a couple of Stainless Steel 1/4" thk "FLEETSIDE" emblems for my 58. if anyone is interested in a pair let me know
How about others?

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