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Old 06-14-2010, 06:36 PM
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I've spent a lot of time sanding and priming my fenders. I finally painted the passenger side and installed it. Now I have to adjust the door so the fender can fit correctly. The door is too far forward. And I have to continue working on the drivers fender to get it ready.
I don't like these bumper guards too much. They seem to point towards the ground. I'm guessing they're off a 55-56, they have the bolt holes for a cross bar. I need to buy a pair for a 57.

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The bumper guards are on the wrong side reverse them left to right and they will point straight ahead. And yes they are 55-56.


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Here's some pics of the cab I have in the backyard iv'e been working on.
I've welded up and molded all the seams on the inside of the cab as well as filling the headliner hole. The outer roof skin was removed and used as filler for the hole then a new roof skin was put on.
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Here are more pics of my backyard cab project.
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Over stuffed garaged, stacked two high.
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Whew

Gene, First awesome bodywork, when are going to start your own business?
Second, You have got more toys than the law allows. It ain't fair, I'm jealous.
Third, I can't wait until you roll out the Vette and the Chevelle and start taking pictures, oh and the Harley too. A picture tells a thousand words. Nolan
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:27 PM
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Thanks G&R. I kept thinking the holes for the crossbar needed to face in. Now that you told me the bumper guards are on the wrong side, it seems obvious. Guess I was standing too close...
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:47 PM
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follow up on my trex bed wood
it's looking goood


took my bed to the sand blaster
should have it in primer this weekend
woohoo!
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Old 06-20-2010, 11:58 PM
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The trex is looking good Ogre. I like the wheel tubs also. I may have to rethink the way I was going to do mine.
Nice work on the cab Gene. Those inside curves had to be difficult.
The wife and I took the truck out Saturday on several trips for the first time. Even had it out after dark and used the lights. With a cell phone and AAA, I wasn’t too worried about breaking down, but I was happy to return home after driving it about 40 miles Saturday without any problems. It drove very well, even on the freeway. I did discover 2 things I need to work on. I have a small oil leak. And the original metal fan makes too much noise.
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Oak wood bed kit question..

I have a chance to buy a Brothers Oak bed kit for my 59 apache truck from a private party that decided not to use it for their 55 chevy truck. Just wondering if I should buy it? or if it has been sitting in the box for awhile if the wood would shrink or warp? I am doing other work to the truck and probably won't get to installing it for another 6 months..but buying it would save me a couple hundred. What do you guys think? Thanks
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:00 AM
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the wood will crawl around, the question is how was it stored.
the proper way is to be stickered.
take the wood out and look at each piece, if its straight buy it. i would say if it has more that a 1/4 -1/2 inch of twist or warp pass.
as much as i like oak to work with the longer it cures the tougher it is to work.
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oak bed kit..

I haven't looked at it yet but found out they purchased it 3 yrs ago, and they said it was in storage. I think it is still in the original box. Just don't want to waste my money and time. Do you think it's worth a look or should I pass all together? Thanks for advice
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:52 PM
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It's worth a look, but as Merlin said, pull out each piece and look at it. The box won't protect it from warping. If it's still straight, buy it and store it properly in a cool dry place until you need it.
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:22 PM
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as well as filling the headliner hole. The outer roof skin was removed and used as filler for the hole then a new roof skin was put on.
Gene
gene. looked at your headliner, very nice work looks very good.
i can't imagine all the overhead sanding and grinding you had to do.
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Ogre , I talked to a guy several years ago that did the same thing on a 49/54 style pickup and he said he had to use a scuba mask to keep the dist out of his eyes. Me, I was working with a bare cab so I rolled it over on the back side with the firewall up , much easier. I'm filling holes in my firewall now 64 of them, I think I will roll it over again to do that.
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:06 PM
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smart man 57. work smarter, not harder....

no welders envy here, did my firewall 3 yrs ago. most holes 1/2" and under use a brass chunk and just weld them closed. for the bigger holes cut a blank to fill it, use the brass chunk to keep it cool. some holes i used a square piece of metal welded in (knowing there would be carpet, sound deadener, ect)
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also shaved that huge triple seam on the firewall. easy peasy. i cut out a couple of inches of the seam every foot welded closed and cut the rest of the seam out and welded.

go whole hog and get rid of the number 1 reason our trucks have rusted thru floors, hinge pockets and firewalls; shave the cowl vent to keep water out of your dash plenum.
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