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Old 02-12-2018, 12:40 PM   #51
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Re: 1970 C-10 Stepside Build Progress Thread

Hey guys I need some advice. I'm working on the bed now. I took it all apart for blasting. I'm going to replace the front side of the bed because something in the past rolled around and crashed into it, warped it pretty bad. But the STEPSIDE TAILGATE is what I need some advice on. Fix it or replace it? Its straight at the bottom but bowed in a bit at the top. I have provided some pictures. Can I fix this or should I just buy an aftermarket STEPSIDE TAILGATE??? Other than it being bowed out at the top, there is also a very small stress crack (pictured) and the spot welds near the top corners are broken (pictured). The top of the tailgate is fair, but it does have some damage (pictured) I know its a lot of pictures but on some of them I'm attempting to take a picture down at the bed at an extreme angle to show the bowing or warpage.












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Old 02-12-2018, 12:50 PM   #52
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Re: 1970 C-10 Stepside Build Progress Thread

Nice work on the metal replacement! I just bought a 70 step last night (to replace the one I sold 2 years ago), and have to replace the rockers so that was good to see pics of it being done.

It'll be tough getting the bow out of that, I'd think. If you're redoing the truck back to as new standards, you might want to just think buying a reproduction tailgate. Anyway, that's my thoughts. You're good at fixing metal, tho, so maybe give a shot repairing it first?
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:42 PM   #53
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Re: 1970 C-10 Stepside Build Progress Thread

That will just buff right on out or you could just say that it's a beautiful "patina" and not bother with it. You definitely have done a lot of good work and I can't wait to see it finished. Have a good day.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:40 PM   #54
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Re: 1970 C-10 Stepside Build Progress Thread

I would at least try and fix it. My short step tailgate has done the same. I haven't done anything yet (all original paint!) but my plan is to tweak it back, TIG weld it as unobtrusively as possible and paint with Gray enamel to try and match the faded silver. Not too worried about a tiny spot weld repair.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:25 PM   #55
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Re: 1970 C-10 Stepside Build Progress Thread

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you could just say that it's a beautiful "patina" and not bother with it.
I don't think we are looking at a Patina truck here...But I'm not too sure.
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