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Old 09-26-2011, 03:04 AM   #1
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MOTOIMPAIRED'S Build Thread......

Well after lurking on here for many months and learning so much, I have decided it is finally time to start my own build thread. This is my 66 step side that I picked up about 7 months ago. I have never done body work before so this is a learning experience as I go along. I will say that most of what I have learned about this truck has come from this web site and everyone here is great and very informative. I have plans on finishing this truck in a military theme and have tons of ideas.

So with that being said, here is the day I picked up my $400 project……

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:08 AM   #2
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The truck was pretty rough when I got it. It already has a 350/350 from a camaro and front disc brakes. So after I got it home I started to tear it apart. I bought some patch panels and decided to try to make some at home from flat sheet metal and my little bench vice.

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:11 AM   #3
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:12 AM   #4
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As I went along with the build I started to learn more about making repairs and welding them. In the begining it was a mess... LOL

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:21 AM   #5
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The lower back of the cab was rusted out form a small leak in the fuel tank. I cut most of it out and made my own patch pieces.. Kind of ghetto but they worked real good.

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Filled in my fuel door too..

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:26 AM   #6
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The front area of the hood was pretty bad too so I did what I could to fix that...

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Made these for the inner cab corners...

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Had to repair the lower front fenders also...

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Like I said this is the first time I have ever done body work like this so its not perfect but I am having fun doing it....
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:30 AM   #7
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For some reason the trucj had leaf springs in the rear when I got it. I think it was used as a work truck and had like a plumbers bed on it. I found some trailing arms and put thoses back on so it would be easier to put bags on it..

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I picked up a set of Dodge 20's for the truck..

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:32 AM   #8
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I got a set of air bags from Jason at AVS. I also picked up a C-notch from CCP. Here are the pictures of the C-notch going in.

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I had some small peices of steel so I decided to box the rear some.

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:44 AM   #9
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I used what I got in the kit and decided to modifiy it some to make it work how I wanted for the rear bags. This is also my first time ever doing air bags..

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I also made my own lowering blocks..

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:47 AM   #10
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Repaire on the rear fender. The rear fenders were in really good shape with hardley any rust at all..

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:52 AM   #11
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I got the whole truck stripped to bare metal. I used a stripping abrasive wheel on my grinder and I also used chemical stripper.

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Now that most of the metal work is all done I am moving on to Bondo. I even made a putty board for mixing and it has a handle too..

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Old 09-26-2011, 03:59 AM   #12
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I had some rust on the fire wall so I decided to make some repairs there too... Just a reminder, this truck was going to be a form or rat rod/shop truck so by no means will it be a show truck.

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I picked up a nice seat out of a Chrysler Imperial that has some cool aluminum sides. The seat will be recovered in canvass later.

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:05 AM   #13
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I pulled the front apart so I can cup the front control arms and put the front bags in.

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Does anyone know what year front end this is?? It was aready put in when I bought the truck???
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:18 AM   #14
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Here is my pipe to cup the front control arms. It is 9" pipe, The square tube was given to me but Im not using it.

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:23 AM   #15
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So with the air bags in I had to see how low it would sit aired out. Looks like it is going to sit nice and low....

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And here are a few pictures with primer. Right now I am in the process of spraying a 2K filler primer. I know the body work is not the best and I never planned for it to be but the body is looking pretty good to me....

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Old 09-26-2011, 04:25 AM   #16
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Well that is a lot of pictures that i posted but I know how everyone likes pictures. I have a lot more to come also since I have been taking these for the past seven months.

Please feel free to ask questions, give your comments, or any feedback is welcome and thanks to everyone for all the great posts that got me this far in my build....
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:12 AM   #17
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all i have to say is awesome job!!!! most people wouldnt do that much rust repair you are doing a great job and thanks for all the pictures!!!!
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Old 09-26-2011, 06:45 AM   #18
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Re: MOTOIMPAIRED'S Build Thread......

Damn....you sure jumped in balls first with your rust repair. Great way to learn, and great to see you weren't intimidated by it
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:54 AM   #19
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very impressive rust repairs- looks great.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:40 PM   #20
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awsome job keep it up!!!!!! look real nice, where was that poor truck setting? in a bog?? wow thats a lot of rust...
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really nice work on the rust repair!
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:18 PM   #22
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Wow, I am really impressed, I know ,myself, I wouldnt have taken on that much repair. My hat is off to you sir!
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Awesome fab skills for just learning, I don't think anyone else would have tackled that much rust very nice work and good pictures. I'm subscribed....Vernski
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:51 PM   #24
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Thanks guys for the great words of encouragement, I sometimes tend to just jump in head first. I guess I saw my diamond in the ruff in her somewhere..

I will have more pictures soon. Just came in from the garage now for some dinner. I have to keep working, November is coming quick!
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what kind of welder are you using??
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