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79sierra 06-09-2015 12:28 PM

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Where did you get those tailpipes? They look great!

Gregski 06-10-2015 08:05 AM

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Where did you get those tailpipes? They look great!

Not sure if you're serious or joking, but they are from LMC Truck, here's what the set looked like when I unboxed it and laid it out 9 months ago, went together very nicely

I think I walk through the install on page 1 of this long thread

Gregski 06-11-2015 07:15 PM

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well it was 96* in the shade today so it was time to get out there, no literally in the shade, I am now a certified Shade Tree Mechanic or is it Technician, LOL

Gregski 06-11-2015 07:17 PM

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so got those weld beeds ground off from the rear end of the bed floor where the sides were welded down to it

Gregski 06-11-2015 07:19 PM

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and the other side

Gregski 06-11-2015 07:24 PM

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then it was time to flip the bed floor over and work on the underside - you know the side that no one sees but The Greg must spend half a day on, grinding, washing, wire wheeling, scrapping, aciding, and cleaning some more

I got going then I decided I should take some pics, so in the first two pics you can see from left to right how I started cleaning it, and then the last 18 inches or so still were left to clean

apologies for some pics not turning out, the sun was relentless

Gregski 06-11-2015 07:28 PM

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I took the sides of the bed out and laid them out on the lawn so they won't get even more scratched and beat up, both sides needed some hammering and straitening out a bit in the bottom rears right behind the wheels where those heavy duty diamond plate bumpers attach

Gregski 06-11-2015 07:31 PM

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it sort of turned into one of those days where I worked on a ton of stuff and busted my butt for a whole day non stop and really had nothing shinny or painted to show for it, you know what I mean

I worked on this piece a little bit, then I moved to another, I wire wheeled some rust off of this piece, then hammered on another, then brushed on some acid on another

Gregski 06-11-2015 07:34 PM

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so this is the rusty spot on the back of the cab, see I even wire wheeled this a little bit, I told you I was all over the place

again the sun made it tough to take decent pictures, and I wasn't going to move the truck just so I could, I was too busy being busy

Gregski 06-11-2015 07:36 PM

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even got started on the frame, I don't have a pressure washer and I am not a big fan of those (since the time it took the paint off the timing cover of my Harley when I washed it, lol)

so did one top frame rail, before I killed another wire wheel, time to get a new one... AGAIN

flashed 06-11-2015 09:11 PM

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Wow ,you have been busy ,looking good .

rgunlock 06-11-2015 11:38 PM

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You are doing a great job! This whole restoration hobby is IMO 95% elbow grease and 5% money for stuff. We know how much the stuff adds up to - Gregski's thread shows how much that 95% elbow grease adds up to!

Gregski 06-12-2015 02:08 AM

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Wow ,you have been busy ,looking good .

Thank you, I'm trying.

Gregski 06-12-2015 02:14 AM

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You are doing a great job! This whole restoration hobby is IMO 95% elbow grease and 5% money for stuff. We know how much the stuff adds up to - Gregski's thread shows how much that 95% elbow grease adds up to!

Thank you Rick, well said. This is the most enjoyable vehicle I have ever worked on, for those of you considering a project who don't own a truck yet and are just looking, I totally recommend a squarebody ie 1973-1980ish truck I prefer the round headlights so I stay with the first have of the 1973-87 third gen trucks. They are still cheap but are definitely becoming harder and harder to find. Aside from my '69 VW Bug I had in high school this is so simple yet so well built.

Chaplain 06-12-2015 02:42 AM

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Yep...I would agree. The simplicity is there...and btw I had a 70 VW in high school.

Gregski 06-12-2015 05:31 PM

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well it's graduation season, [ahem] promotion I should say, I guess that's the latest buzz word, our kids no longer graduate 8th grade some knucklehead decided they get promoted to high school, what ever

anywho between all the graduation ceremonies I stopped by Harbor Freight and picked up some disposable tools, more wire wheels and this cheap (one use I bet) rivet tool, I plan on using it to close off the hole in one of the wheel housings

Gregski 06-12-2015 05:33 PM

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alright so here we go, start out with a manila folder we stole from the wifes filing cabinet, we saw the pros do this on TV so monkey see monkey do

we cut out a template

Gregski 06-12-2015 05:37 PM

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then we transfer the shape to the donor metal ie the old bed side we kept just in case (it's wrecked on the other side so please no hate mail)

we did have to hammer a slight curve into it to fit nice and snug, you can sort of tell in the last pic where the piece already has 1/8th holes drilled in it

Gregski 06-12-2015 05:40 PM

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then it was time to rivet it in place, I have never rivitted before, but I learned that you just keep clamping on the handle till the rivet stud breaks off, even a cave man could do it

not bad, considerin' this will be all covered with some Herculiner

IT'S A TRUCK !!!

rich weyand 06-12-2015 08:29 PM

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Now epoxy a circular piece (JBWeld for example) into that hole and you won't even have a depression there once the liner goes on.

rgunlock 06-12-2015 09:33 PM

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If you have any seam sealer, I'd spread that around all the edges to try to keep moisture out of the overlapped metal before hitting it with the bed liner material.

Gregski 06-13-2015 01:35 PM

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The reason they're popped out (or in, or they pop back and forth) is that piece, the bulge, is bigger than the spot it is in. Basically, denting it stretched the metal in that spot, so now it's too big for the surface it is in. The way to fix this is to heat the bulge with a torch (Bernzomatic would do), then quench it with water. It will shrink down to the size it needs to be and pull flat.

http://cid.vcc.ca/p1-dl/instructions...emo-shrink.htm

OK, I picked up one of them do it yourselfer $15 dollar torches from Home Depot and it did not work so well. It kept going out on me so I constantly had to re light it. I remembered why I returned one of these a few years back, I was so frustrated. It also wouldn't get hot enough even on a 100*F day.

I did my best to heat the indents one at a time then quenched it with a bucket of cold water, and nothing really happened, I must be doing something wrong, but it's not a big deal I really don't care about these small indents

Gregski 06-13-2015 03:08 PM

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Now epoxy a circular piece (JBWeld for example) into that hole and you won't even have a depression there once the liner goes on.

Man I could not find my JB Weld and I know I have some, and I hate buying what I already have, so I used some good ol' body filler and called it good

Gregski 06-13-2015 03:14 PM

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finally it was time to apply the Herculiner, I couldn't wait to try this product

I decided to use a brush and it worked out really well, using this method the product goes a long way, I am never agian going to spray undercoating out of a spray can

this is a manly product, covers well, goes on thick, makes a lovely [controlled] mess where you want it

wear long sleeves though so you won't end up with freckles on your arms like me

we do the underside first

Gregski 06-13-2015 03:20 PM

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well I only had enough to do the underside of the bed floor and as you can see we ran out while trying to cover one of the wheel housings, no big deal I recon the under side of the bed has more surface area than the top since the top does not have the cross 2x4s etc

we shall buy another can of this HERCULINER and paint some more tomorrow morning, since morning is the best time to paint, that will allow the underside to dry completely so we can flip it over tomorrow and start a new


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