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Part 11: Assembling the Body Parts
The fun meter is pegging every day now. When all the painting was done, I immediately started bolting parts together. The bed went on, immediately followed by the cab. I then put on the running boards, rear fenders and the filler panels between the bedsides, running boards, and rear fenders. These are hard to install with the bed floor in. I was proud of how everything went together.
Remember labeling each board and adding anti-theft signature? Here is the underside pic of the #6 board installed.
With the back of the truck secured, now it is time to move to the front. Getting the hood panels to line up with the cowl, grille shell and fender lines is a real challenge. With all the pre-fitting and measuring, I knew it was going to be better than the first generation truck. Note the high tech paint protector between the fender and grille shell. I have been wrestling with this fit for two days, but it came together sort of like a difficult puzzle. The other side was much easier because of all the retraining on the first one! Note the handmade collector box for the fresh air snorkels. This is going in right under the radiator and bolts in with the fenders to the grille shell.
The front end is almost completed. Still must work in head and parking lights, horns and bumper. Good view of remote power steering and brake reservoirs. These are low budget items that work fine.
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