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Old 05-08-2013, 10:41 PM   #51
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

We told the stock sixxer and three-speed to take a hike...though the trans may make a reappearance later. Once I get the rust repair on the cab finished up, we'll take it down to a bare frame.

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:05 PM   #52
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

I managed to get the rear floor pan, kickpanel, and rear cab support welded in over the course of the weekend. Just like the other side, the rear cab support required a good deal of rework to make it fit the floor pan correctly.



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Old 05-20-2013, 09:00 AM   #53
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

The cab support rail is welded in, and the cab is sitting on its mounts again.





The front floor pan needs to come back out one last time before it can be welded in place.





Just a quick test fit of the rocker panel. It'll need the same work as the passenger side one did.

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Old 08-03-2013, 11:24 PM   #54
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

Well after a two month home-remodeling hiatus, it's back to work on the '65. It took a minute or two to remember where I left off, but it's full steam ahead once again.

Today's starting point:


Bending up a patch panel for the lower driverside firewall:




Quitting point for today:

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Old 08-04-2013, 11:09 PM   #55
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

After a day of cutting, bending, and welding, the front floor pan and front cab support actually fit correctly. The driverside front floor pan stamping had quite a few flaws. If you look in the pictures, you'll see that I still need to trim the lower edge of the pan where it meets the rocker panel, as that edge is completely wrong. Both parts are screwed/bolted in place and ready to be welded up as soon as I get back to it in a couple weeks (going camping next weekend).

Using the old copper trick to weld up and redrill a hole that was slightly off.


Had to move the body mount bolt hole as well.


We stuck the door back on the cab just to verify that nothing has moved before the floor pan gets welded in place.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:42 AM   #56
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

I ended up with a little time yesterday, so the driverside door came back off, and I started welding in the front floorpan. If I can find an hour here and there this week, I'll keep picking away at it. Otherwise I plan to hit it hard again this coming weekend.

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Old 08-12-2013, 03:46 PM   #57
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

looking good man. im at the same place as you.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:32 PM   #58
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I finished welding in the driverside floor pan and front cab support today. I should start fitting the rocker panel tomorrow.

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Old 08-18-2013, 02:53 PM   #59
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

This morning I filled the factory holes for the original jack mounts on the floor pan, repaired and installed the driverside lower front fender mounting bracket, spent some time smoothing out welds, and began to fit the driverside rocker panel. It's going to require the same rework as the passenger side.

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Old 08-25-2013, 06:49 PM   #60
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Spent the late-morning/early-afternoon fitting the rocker panel. It's ready to be welded in place as soon as I get back to it.





Almost nine months in (though only 34 actual work days). Still gotta long way to go.

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Old 08-25-2013, 09:31 PM   #61
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Your going to re-hang your doors to make sure the rockers are set correctly before welding?
I had to ask.

Looks great.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:56 PM   #62
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

just read your thread and the first thought was you've really come a long way in a short time. even with all the distractions you've stayed the course.

nice work and dam good welding... gotta be making dad proud. stay after it and an A+ on the pics...
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:33 AM   #63
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Your going to re-hang your doors to make sure the rockers are set correctly before welding?
I had to ask.

Looks great.
Yep, the door was removed just before quitting for the day (and snapping those pictures) yesterday. The rocker was fit to the cab with the door in place. Thanks!

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just read your thread and the first thought was you've really come a long way in a short time. even with all the distractions you've stayed the course.

nice work and dam good welding... gotta be making dad proud. stay after it and an A+ on the pics...
Thanks! Like I said earlier, the hardest part is finding the time to get over to the shop and work on it. I'm looking forward to getting the repairs finished on the cab so we can remove it and get started on the chassis.
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Old 09-02-2013, 04:17 PM   #64
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

Dad scored a original paint, rust-free door, so we installed it to verify the rocker panel location, made a few adjustments, and got to welding on the rocker panel.




The door has a small crease at the front. I tacked an eyebolt in the crease, just above the body line. We'll use it to provide a little tension while working out the dent.



We'll be at a car cruise next weekend with my XR7 and my buddies '64 C10, so I'll attack the cab corner the following weekend.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #65
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Nice work on the floor and rockers. Keep chippin away at it.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:06 PM   #66
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Thanks!

I forgot to post this earlier, too.

The "plan" as of 9/1/13: The current thinking is satin black with a gloss white roof (just to the drip rail, not down the pillars), stripe (between the chrome strips that run the length of the truck), and tailgate letters. For the interior, we're leaning toward silvers/grays, with the factory fawn still being a possibility, and a black rubber/vinyl full floor mat. The chassis will be black, though the gloss level and/or texture has yet to be decided, as that will depend on how it looks after blasting it. I have some ideas for the engine and engine bay, but that will really depend on what drivetrain ends up in it. The rear wheeltubs will be widened ~4", the front suspension will receive 2-1/2" drop spindles, and the plan is to run a staggered wheel setup, 15's and 17's maybe, with bigs and littles. The bed will have an aluminum diamond-tread floor, extending up to the factory ledge on the inner bed sides. I was thinking about frenching in a power antenna and moving the fuel tank under the bed with a fuel door in the bed side, but that's probably about as far as the body mods will go. As far as safety upgrades go, at the minimum, it will receive front disc brakes, a dual reservoir master cylinder, and seat belts.

It should have a decently aggressive look while still being functional. It isn't going to be a total pavement scraper, as it has to be able to manage to make it in and out of their driveway (a 3/4 mile long steep/curvy gravel road).
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Nice progress and sounds like a well thought out list, I'm sure you glad to be done with that part of the build
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Thanks. I'm sure the plan will evolve as we go, but that's the rough idea for now. And yes, I'll be glad to have the rust repair finished. As soon as the driverside cab corner is replaced, the cab will be ready to leave the frame so we can get started on the chassis.
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

Today I removed the rusty driverside cab corner, made up and installed flanges, then fit the new cab corner and screwed it into place. It's ready to weld up.



Dad picked up a stud gun last week and he started working the dents out of the driverside door. He's been getting plenty of practice with it while prepping a rust-free bed for my F150.

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Great work... Keep Rockin' da Sparkmaker!
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Thanks! I rocked it a bit today...





And thus ends the rust repair phase of working on the cab.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:40 PM   #72
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Yesterday, I filled the hole in the driverside floor pan stamping for the fuel selector (heavy trucks) and the hole in the passenger side floor pan for the fuel line. Then I spent some time going over everything, doing a little finish welding and smoothing out welds. The driverside door was in my way, so it left the cab once again.



Today, I attacked the fuel tank mounts. I removed the front of each mount, made a couple pie cuts in each, shaped the metal, welded them up, then smoothed them out. With the fuel tank mounts out of the way, the seat should be able to move just a bit further back, and there will be plenty of room for storage or stereo components behind the seat.



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Old 09-24-2013, 03:54 PM   #73
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Man, this is like a good book watchin your truck come together racecougar. You got me hooked into this and a suscriber to watching this come together through completion.
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Thanks, Dillon Rock!
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Re: Bringing the '65 back to life

I welded up the gas filler hole in the cab today while Dad shot the first coat of primer on the bed for my F150.



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