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Old 03-26-2007, 07:27 AM
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Cab Corner Done Right

What is the recommended procedure for installing cab corners in 57 chevy pickup? Lay new piece over old then mark and cut old one out , then weld in new one ?Do i weld it flush with cab panel? I guess what i'm asking iis for a simple tutorial on how to do it.



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Hey Chris , I would say yes to your theory on it. If in fact the only rust is in the panel you are replacing. My brother replaced both corners on his Ford using that same approach . Just take your time .MEASURE TWICE , cut once and stitch weld it in until it's finished. g'luck with your project and don't forget to post pics as you do it. It may be helpful to some other fellas on here , like say , yourself. swaZZie


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I'll tell you what works for me if there is no reinforcing panel behind the one that I am going to replace:

I will lay the piece on top of the old one making sure the replacement Panel fits properly and the overall "Curve" of the Panel is correct, then I will clamp the Panel in place and Drill a couple of holes throough both Panels and use Cleco's to hold it (you can use Sheet Metal Screws). I will mark a spot on the old Metal and take off the new Panel, and use a Cutoff Tool to make a small cut on the line I just made. Then, I Cleco the Panel back on, and use a Power Hacksaw, and start my cut through the cut I made with the Cutoff Tool-why didn't I just cut it with the Panel on? It will make a wide slice if I do, so I will make a small cut that will allow just the thin Hacksaw Blade to go through the slice.

I'll cut the Panel along the "Template" that the new Panel will give me, being really carefull to stay along the new Panel, and cut about 10+" long, and push the old Panel inside while aligning the new Panel into place and tack Weld it on-just continue all the way around the Panel being careful that the new Panel is absolutely fluch to the old one,and you'll be fine.

The problem with this method is that you must be able to either take the old pPanel out in one section or pre-cut the old Panel to take it out in pieces if you don't have the room, and if you have inside reinforcements all bets are off-hope this helps-
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