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Old 04-08-2018, 09:43 AM   #76
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Re: 51 GMC 'Project Why Wait'

Nice job, will look great when it's painted, keep up the good work...Jim
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:09 PM   #77
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Re: 51 GMC 'Project Why Wait'

nice. gonna be awesome when it's done.
just curious, post 53, 3rd pic from te bottom, shows a couple of braided lines coming through holes in the frame. do you have plans to grommet the holes to keep the lines from chaffing?
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:17 PM   #78
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nice. gonna be awesome when it's done.
just curious, post 53, 3rd pic from te bottom, shows a couple of braided lines coming through holes in the frame. do you have plans to grommet the holes to keep the lines from chaffing?
Unfortunately no, the holes are filed down smooth with a Dremel and round file as best I could but since the cross member is two layers I couldn't get a grommet on the inside holes if I tried.

It's the pro classic 2 hose which is the stronger of the 2 braided lines.

However I've been toying with the idea of running a rubber or plastic sleeve over it.
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:11 PM   #79
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how about just splitting a section of the plastic air hose and feeding it through over top of the braided line. secure it with some seam sealer and then there won't be the worry of water getting in and rusting the inside of the frame
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:22 PM   #80
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Nice job, will look great when it's painted, keep up the good work...Jim
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how about just splitting a section of the plastic air hose and feeding it through over top of the braided line. secure it with some seam sealer and then there won't be the worry of water getting in and rusting the inside of the frame
That's about what I was thinking. Air hose might be a little too narrow (ID) but maybe some pex pipe or something.
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Old 04-09-2018, 04:16 PM   #81
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Re: 51 GMC 'Project Why Wait'

Nice job Dave I can't wait to see this thing in person.
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Old 05-09-2018, 10:13 PM   #82
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Re: 51 GMC 'Project Why Wait'

Still rollin' on er

Got my ride height senors, main management harness, and second compressor harness all squared away.



Ended up using generic split collars to mount the sensors too. I drilled and tapped them versus messing with my control arms.



The template Air lift supplies for checkint to see if things are in range was really useful. Great way to double check my measurements.



Tucked right in near the control arm seemed to be the best spot. Didn't have to worry too much about anything coming into contact with it. This was actually my second spot after the front didn't work out.



The rear was much easier, just mounted it right to the frame and a right angle bracket off the lower link bar keep sthings in place.



For the main harness, it's a lot of wire I didn't want cluttering up my back half so I tediously fished it through the frame and mounted it to the back of the air ride cross member I had made previously



You can hardly see it!



Next up I am going to dig into my cab. So far I'm doing both front floors, hinge pockets on both sides, and inner and outer cowls on both sides.

It's a little daunting to consider, and perhaps a little overkill, but I'm already this deep what's a little more right?

Oh my four year old has been helping a bit more too, nut and bolt type stuff but he seems a little bit more interested every day.

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Old 05-10-2018, 08:31 AM   #83
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Nice details...I think the hardest part of setting up an air suspension with sensors figuring out the correct placement for the sensors...

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Old 05-10-2018, 09:09 AM   #84
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Re: 51 GMC 'Project Why Wait'

Nice idea with the collars Dave. Having Ash help you will make some great memories for you both. You are going to have an amazing truck.
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Old 05-10-2018, 06:20 PM   #85
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thats the best kind of helper!


free!


no just kidding, great memories and bonding haha.
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:40 PM   #86
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Cool. They grow up fast so spend as much time you can with them.
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:01 PM   #87
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Looking good dude!
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:37 PM   #88
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Thanks everyone!

And yeah he's growing up crazy fast he might not even need a booster by the time I finish!

Young Rodder took me two attempts at the front to find a spot that worked out well.

Bob I got the idea from an old thread here actually. So much useful information buried in this forum
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Old 05-16-2018, 10:32 AM   #89
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do they make nitrile gloves that small?
cool that he enjoys figuring stuff out
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:12 PM   #90
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Hey guys, I'm back. It's been awhile but the rust got me. Here's an update.

I went over to Bill's truck shop and bought the following. I thought it would be enough but once I got into this it really wasn't.



Here's more or less what I was dealing with repairing.





It's pretty crazy how rusty a "solid" truck can be. Anyway ever ambitious, and super naive I got to cutting




and even more cutting



Eventually the cab support too had to come out, which took some of the rocker with it. I used some of the old metal patches to make a new rocker patch since I came across this issue 11pm on a Sunday.





It worked!



From this point on it was the weld grind weld dance with a little bit of rocket guard sprayed here and there for now










A more detailed recap is up on my blog.

I'm optimistic side two will go better (at the very least I'll know what to expect) and plan to start on that this weekend.

It's prime garage temp time so I plan to hit it hard before I fly out to SEMA.

Once I get back the final grinding and mud work can begin. As well as cleaning up the inside portion of my firewall installation. I'm planning to epoxy primer the floor, seam seal, then POR-15 as it's the easiest product to use in my garage.

Though part of me wants to sandblast when I'm done...
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Old 10-13-2018, 01:43 PM   #91
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ugh rust repair has taken years off my life.

looks like you are cruising through it though. last truck I bought those flat panels and fought with getting them to fit so this truck I just used my sheet brake and made my own, except the complex shapes like the backs of the hinge pillars and the rear cab corners, gotta have those even as a starting point. could have just been the panels I bought though, did you find they fit ok or needed a lot of tweaking?


me after any truck with rust: "ugh next time I will spend more on a better truck"

also me when someone shows me a $200 cab they were going to scrap:

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Old 10-13-2018, 05:24 PM   #92
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The fit "ok" at best. I mean the unmodified the factory battery cover didn't fit, at all, so that kind of set the tone.

Also I saw someone else do this job and the two floor panels, if installed, don't meet each other. So I tried to keep as much oem metal as possible just to keep things from biting me later.

I feel like I'd buy a better cab next time around but who knows because now I know I can make it through with some wearing lol.
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Old 10-14-2018, 07:09 PM   #93
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Very cool to see the airlift sensors going in. I have my accuair e-level setup going in this winter so I'll have to figure out all those little angles like you have. Nice work!
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:14 PM   #94
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Nice job Dave, even a super solid cab will need more repair than expected. I guess that's to happen 67 years later, but hey that's what grinders and welders are for.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:32 PM   #95
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Very cool to see the airlift sensors going in. I have my accuair e-level setup going in this winter so I'll have to figure out all those little angles like you have. Nice work!
I got the idea for the collars from here actually.


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Nice job Dave, even a super solid cab will need more repair than expected. I guess that's to happen 67 years later, but hey that's what grinders and welders are for.
Welders and grinders get such a work out in my garage.

Some winter motivation just arrived too. Ididit hopped on the project

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