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Old 06-16-2022, 09:33 PM   #951
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Re: SkinnyG's '61 Apache

I'm glad to hear that you're able to get some relief. I watched my dad struggle with everything related to the declining health of his parents. It's never easy
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Old 06-18-2022, 12:35 AM   #952
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Re: SkinnyG's '61 Apache

Ordered a new Champion Rad, rated at 700hp:



Assembled the front, discovered just how "not perfect" things don't line up, and really stopped caring about it:



And blasted/primed/painted the Hydroboost/Power-Steering cooler:

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Old 06-18-2022, 10:53 AM   #953
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Also fabricated a die to form my own logo to put in the blank tailgate I bought:

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Old 06-24-2022, 08:58 AM   #954
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Re: SkinnyG's '61 Apache

SkinnyG, that is just to cool!! damn fine job sir.
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Old 06-27-2022, 11:33 PM   #955
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Re: SkinnyG's '61 Apache

Do these fill panels need seals?



And..... Because of the raised inner fenders, I had to cut off the springs that hold the hood up. So..... hood supports! OBS Yukon/Blazer hatch supports, and purchased 10mm-ball-&-5/16-UNC-stud.

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Old 06-27-2022, 11:51 PM   #956
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Do these fill panels need seals?
Here's a great thread about the fender seals: https://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/...+seal+brackets
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Old 07-01-2022, 05:30 PM   #957
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I made a commitment:

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Old 07-02-2022, 11:36 AM   #958
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Note to self: "Just paste the url, and delete the s. Why can you still not remember this?"
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Old 07-03-2022, 12:43 AM   #959
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Re: SkinnyG's '61 Apache

First blocking, and second coat of Epoxy Primer. The walnut bag of fender carnage has, at this point, ZERO filler. Even _I_ am impressed.

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Old 07-03-2022, 12:44 AM   #960
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I see you, fender-edge defect. Curses.....
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Old 07-03-2022, 12:59 AM   #961
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I made a commitment:

And with a simple cap, it's gunna look great.
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Old 07-03-2022, 03:39 AM   #962
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Very good job, like all of them, will be a great truck.
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Old 07-03-2022, 05:15 AM   #963
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Re: SkinnyG's '61 Apache

Wow your doing some great work so far. Thanks for the updates.
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Old 07-06-2022, 11:41 PM   #964
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Re: SkinnyG's '61 Apache

Wasn't 100% happy with the feel of the fenders, so there is a bit of filler.



And added some filler to the bed.

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Old 07-08-2022, 12:39 AM   #965
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Oh wow. Just wow.

I've always bought the CHEAP cans of filler (right). But this time I splurged and bought the good stuff (left). Wow. I bet I would have enjoyed bodywork a whole lot earlier in life if I had used this stuff before.

Just wow. INFINITELY better.

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Old 07-12-2022, 04:08 PM   #966
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Re: SkinnyG's '61 Apache

In order to do a final epoxy prime on the bed, I need to fabricate the spare tire holder. This is a long-bed fender, which has the tire cut-out in a different spot than the short-bed fender. Not really a problem, just some careful measurement.

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Old 07-13-2022, 10:21 AM   #967
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Very cool. i like the fact that you are going to run the spare tire holder on the bed like that. I've never used the Rage Gold but I definitely hear nothing but good things about that product. Keep the updates coming...I enjoy following along.
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Old 07-13-2022, 02:25 PM   #968
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Great work, it's going to be great
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Old 07-13-2022, 08:49 PM   #969
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Behold! The Holy Trinity of bodywork.

Epoxy Primer, Rage Gold, and Slick Sand.

I can do no wrong!



And, since I'm feeling cocky, here's my logo welded into the tailgate:

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Old 07-13-2022, 11:07 PM   #970
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Soooooooooo cool.
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Old 07-14-2022, 01:42 AM   #971
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That's really cool
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Old 07-15-2022, 12:29 AM   #972
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And now with Slick Sand:





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Old 07-16-2022, 12:54 AM   #973
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Old 07-16-2022, 02:28 AM   #974
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Looking good man! how big of a trailer you planning to pull with that spare tire mount btw? Talk about built to last lol
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Old 07-16-2022, 05:40 AM   #975
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Yes, it is robust. Original was probably strong "enough." But this is holding a heavier wheel, further out. There will be no fatigue cracks.

And you won't see it once a wheel is on, so it won't bother you then.
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