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Old 07-24-2013, 12:06 AM
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I worked 11 hours today and didn't plan on getting much done at all.....but I just couldn't sit and watch the game, I HAD to get out there, I do have a radio in the garage for goodness sakes.

So I got a couple of braces in so I can cut the front of the roof to lengthen it.



Guys, if you don't have a friction jack, get one. Damn this thing comes in handy for stuff like this.



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Especially since you were warned LAST time....

Why do our women put up with us autoholics....

Oh yeah, mine says I'm good with my hands...
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:18 AM
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:48 AM
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Something just hit me, being I am thinking about my truck every minute of the day these days. I am cross measuring my roof and over and over I am proving it's square, but there is one part that isn't, one thing looks like the roof is twisted or something. Over and over I am measuring and coming back with the same thing. But what hit me was when I chopped this truck at 16 years old I had no idea how to cross measure! Didn't have a clue! LOL Now, the top was NOT chopped real nice that is for sure. The door gaps looked good, nobody ever noticed anything that I know of. But one windshield post was leaning more than the other! The windshield is two pieces remember, one was different than the other and couldn't have been swapped side for side! LOL Not only that, one door window frame was notched and leaning in while the other one wasn't!

But it all worked, drove it thousands of miles and had a ball with a smile on my face.

Here I am now though, I am cross measuring and beating myself up getting it within an eighth inch or less now.

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Sometimes it's not about what other people see or notice....it's about what you know is there. I find myself looking at something over and over until I just can't live with it, and I change it. If I change something and never think about it after that, it usually means I'm happy with what I did. But if it constantly is on my mind, it's probably because I'm not fully satisfied with how I did it, so it has to be changed.
And the older I get, the less I want to do things twice.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:04 PM
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I worked 11 hours today and didn't plan on getting much done at all.....but I just couldn't sit and watch the game, I HAD to get out there, I do have a radio in the garage for goodness sakes.

So I got a couple of braces in so I can cut the front of the roof to lengthen it.



Guys, if you don't have a friction jack, get one. Damn this thing comes in handy for stuff like this.



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I worked 11 hours today and didn't plan on getting much done at all.....but I just couldn't sit and watch the game, I HAD to get out there, I do have a radio in the garage for goodness sakes.

So I got a couple of braces in so I can cut the front of the roof to lengthen it.



Guys, if you don't have a friction jack, get one. Damn this thing comes in handy for stuff like this.



ALC Keysco 77043 Monkey-On-A-Stick Jack Set: Automotive : Walmart.com

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love the friction jack. Also great for header panels, fenders on Durangos/Escalades, radiator supports, etc. Handy indeed. We've been without one for a couple months but luckily haven't needed one in that time span. BTW, what's with the patch in the rear? Did you change your mind on how much you're gonna cut?
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Dam rite, I'm old school, bacj in the day we called it a slip-jack but no matter what you call it is one grate tool. I've had mone for thirty years and it still looks like yours and it the best and cheepest helper you'll ever finde.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:45 PM
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By the way nice job on that five window.
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love the friction jack. Also great for header panels, fenders on Durangos/Escalades, radiator supports, etc. Handy indeed. We've been without one for a couple months but luckily haven't needed one in that time span. BTW, what's with the patch in the rear? Did you change your mind on how much you're gonna cut?
Yep, I unchopped it a half an inch, it's now 3.5 inches.

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Brian I have ben looking at articles on how to chop a AD pickup for a couple of years ,wanting to chop my 50 when I finish the 53 ..i have noticed your cuts are smoother than any I have seen and after the cut the fit is outstanding ,I guess when you enjoy what you are doing and have the ability and passion for the hobby ,your truck is what you come up with ,

a job WELL done, cant wait to see more

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Old 07-24-2013, 05:00 PM
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Especially since you were warned LAST time....

Why do our women put up with us autoholics....

Oh yeah, mine says I'm good with my hands...
Good with your what? We need to have a talk

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I want a double with cheese ,is that to much to ask ,LOL
Shoot yea. Some onion rings too.


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Brian I have ben looking at articles on how to chop a AD pickup for a couple of years ,wanting to chop my 50 when I finish the 53 ..i have noticed your cuts are smoother than any I have seen and after the cut the fit is outstanding ,I guess when you enjoy what you are doing and have the ability and passion for the hobby ,your truck is what you come up with ,

a job WELL done, cant wait to see more

David
Lordy Lordy, are you going to give him the big head.......
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Brian I have ben looking at articles on how to chop a AD pickup for a couple of years ,wanting to chop my 50 when I finish the 53 ..i have noticed your cuts are smoother than any I have seen and after the cut the fit is outstanding ,I guess when you enjoy what you are doing and have the ability and passion for the hobby ,your truck is what you come up with ,

a job WELL done, cant wait to see more

David
Thanks so much! I LOVE this stuff! And one thing I am surprised about most any time I do this stuff is how much I have learned in the collision industry on doing custom stuff. Just how to look at things, as an example, drilling out spot welds to replace a panel is common place in in the insurance industry. I find it very useful in custom work.

I am really enjoying this, I haven't done it in so long and it is a blast.

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Shoot yea. Some onion rings too.




Lordy Lordy, are you going to give him the big head.......
That's why I had to un-chop it a half inch!

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