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Old 05-26-2020, 08:01 PM
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Gettin pretty fancy with the metal forming ...

Where do the 12" thumpin speakers go, for the 20K watt stereo ??..
Can it be fancy and sloppy at the same time? I'd like for it to turn out looking somewhat premeditated. However...

Audio hadn't crossed my mind. Thanks for the prompt, there will be an inquiry. After all, its a regular cab pickup. I predict a level of audio that has one woof under the seat just so they don't miss out on anything in the songs. Nice head unit people but not jammer-outers.

The kicks were going in no matter how the steps and beads looked. They are just non-floppy supports with hand holes. With those screwed in, cab is stiff enough to remove my hokey arsed dash to pan supports but I'll have it apart again. Looking to remove cab or bed now and get new metal along the brown bottomed rear. Of the cab. Boss ordered a universal hood latch today for it.

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Starting out, I was going to just clear the way for lopping off cab corners. The whole idea with that is to find any dents that may be interfering with curent cab corner position. Right side had nothing bad adjacent to the rustout but I am still chasing the hum dinger on the left.











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Starting out, I was going to just clear the way for lopping off cab corners. The whole idea with that is to find any dents that may be interfering with curent cab corner position. Right side had nothing bad adjacent to the rustout but I am still chasing the hum dinger on the left.


Starting to look reminiscent of the A, under all the paint and filler... Hard to tell from the pic, but it appears the inside brace is wonky too.

I LOVE the emblem and pile of dust...
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I had spotted the caved in area but only the worst part, from the inside. That cab back panel is stretched to kingdom come. I did find less rust than expected across the middle of the bottom. I mentioned the speaker in kick panel thing and pretty much concluded that my panels can be cut like any OE panel. But if an answer comes soon enough about what goes there, a built in custom fit flush mount panel could be substituted. Fact to remember is that hinge pin access must remain so it won't be enclosed, by the body metal anyway. Speaker having to be removed for access is OK and a speaker frame mounted firmly won't compromise the structure.

Oh and yeah... a Chevy musta blew by. It really dusted that Ford, didn't it?
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Oh and yeah... a Chevy musta blew by. It really dusted that Ford, didn't it?
Nah,
'69 SJ 428...
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'69 SJ 428...
No, thats how I know it was a Chevy. Pontiac would have blown that pile away.
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Hood and doors are at sandblaster. I been straightening starting at the middle and working left. Metal was split open in two places and one spotweld, and the weld dots were shrinks-







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This piece is curved and crowned but looks straight.
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Moving the end of this mangled brace back an eighth took care of the remaining pond around it on the cab back panel. Mitch.

If repair if the brace is desired, I'll need to chop this end off. It is spot welded all the way across. Pugsy.

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Had to thump these over open vise jaws even after three passes with the deepest step dies but I think they ought to just about blend in after the final trim-







With cab corners in place and cross brace moved, I now have even spacing between floor brace and cab back wall. As it turns out, the right B pillar was a quarter inch too far from the A, at bottom and according to the left. The left cab corner was mashed in as well so together, those two things along with the cross brace were holding the cab a little funky.
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Same guy, same fastback... other side-



Guess who took another heavy hit of polyester-









They have this door hung too low but yeah

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If you told me that cab was stone stock, not knowing much about an A, I would believe it. The chop makes it look like it should have and the doors being flush looks correct too. I'm thinking anyone younger than 50 won't know how much that cab has been altered...
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