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Old 01-26-2011, 05:38 PM   #76
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Maybe we could make up some stickers.

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:43 PM   #77
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So, work is always slow for me in January and February and I usually line up a project to occupy my time at the shop so I can be there to answer the phone and make more work.......

Today I busted into the drivers door.

The bottom of the door is all rusted out, including the lower hinge mount. You ain't never seen doors sag like these.



Rusty door - meet Mr. Whizzerwheel (not to bbe confused with the inmate of that name!)



This is the hinge box that needs to come out.



Spot weld cutters are cheap and wicked time savers.



It's outta here!



New one going in -



I'm plug welding through the door into the bracket inside here.



All welded in -





Now it's time for the door bottom to be replaced.



cut the new bottom to fit -



Stitch welding little by little. I rushed this a bit and there are some waves in the lower skin. Oh well.



all done



now the front needs a new lower skin -





I used a hammer to fold the edges of the new skin around the door shell. They make a tool for this, I haven't got one. Worked fine.



Hung it up for a test fit -



Fits pretty good -

I get to do it all again on the other front door, but I won't bore ya's with that.

One part a day, slow and steady wins the race.

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:44 PM   #78
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Nice find! You don't see those old panel trucks anymore. The delivery doors were always a cool feature. Looks like you're doing a great job and getting it back together. I'm not one for a 100% restoration. Love the patina some rat rods have. Although you're already stripping the paint and going beyond rat rod. The self-leveling roll-on paint jobs are becoming more and more popular. They come out really good if you put the time in to prep it which looks like you already are doing. I hope you're going to reuse the stock steel wheels. I'd hate to see it one some modern aluminum wheels.

Oh and love that it's a GMC. Their grills had a lot more character then the Chevy's.
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:56 PM   #79
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I hope you're going to reuse the stock steel wheels. I'd hate to see it one some modern aluminum wheels.
The stock wheels are rusty as hell, and right now, the plan is to get a set of new steelies in chrome w/plain baby moon hubcaps.

I would never dream of a modern alloy on this truck. If I had the original hubcaps, it would be cool, but I don't and I can get a set of new baby moon chromies for the same price as a set of re-pop OE style hubcaps.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:03 PM   #80
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You're the second to suggest this, but I got to say in my defense, that I'm having to do more work on this truck than I originally planned to make it roadworthy. As a result, I'm fixing more than a "rat rod" might require.

But when you guys see the second rate body work I'm gonna do, it'll still qualify.

I'm building this thing to be a daily driver for me in the summer, I'm planning on putting some miles on it. It has to meet a certain standard to be able to do that.

I guess my "definition" of rat rod is not writing a $15,000 check to a body guy only to have to worry about where you park the friggin' thing, cause someone might put a ding in it.




nope, I'm pretty much up to the current state at this point.
I guess I'd just call that traditional.

To me a rat rod is something done by someone who doesn't really know what they're doing and ends up with a car that's barely road worthy.

Some one who writes a check for paint and billet and worries about where to park it is a gold chainer.

But defining all this crap is best done over beers in the garage after a day of panel beating. It doesn't really matter any way does it?

Carry on with the DA. I love/hate those things.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:11 PM   #81
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The stock wheels are rusty as hell, and right now, the plan is to get a set of new steelies in chrome w/plain baby moon hubcaps.

I would never dream of a modern alloy on this truck. If I had the original hubcaps, it would be cool, but I don't and I can get a set of new baby moon chromies for the same price as a set of re-pop OE style hubcaps.
Yeah, I've spent a quite a lot of time with the glass bead booth cleaning '57 Chevy wheels up. You could probably find modern steel wheels that will work. Looks like they're 5 on 5" 7x15's? I kinda like the capless look as well. I guess even the moon's are too bling for me.

In any case, it looks like a fun project and a lot of work with all that rust. Looks good though. Oh and kudos to you for using a I6.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:16 PM   #82
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I get to do it all again on the other front door, but I won't bore ya's with that.

One part a day, slow and steady wins the race.

Post up the other side, dood.

We need something to read while we're neglecting our own projects.


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Old 01-26-2011, 08:04 PM   #83
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I wasn't kidding about the roller paint job. I've BTDT got the paint spots on the garage floor to prove it. Primer being porous doesn't offer any real protection to the metal so it's a poor choice for something you'll actually use in the rust belt. Plus, like I said before, people won't believe how you did it (and for only $100-$200 depending on the size of the vehicle). You really should think about it. I did this with two quarts of boat paint over about a week, straight off the roller/foam brush with no sand/buff:

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Old 01-27-2011, 08:56 AM   #84
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MZ -- did you fab the hinge boxes?

ddavidv -- all you need to do is add some black pinstripes and you'd have a dead-nuts copy of a Suzuki GS1000s!

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Old 01-27-2011, 09:27 AM   #85
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Those patches must be making life much easier. Where are you finding them?




Thank's for Bodywork 101. I'm learning quite a bit from this. Did you need to use anything on the insides of the doors to inhibit rust?












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Old 01-27-2011, 10:01 AM   #86
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Those patches must be making life much easier. Where are you finding them?
I don't know about him, but I've used http://www.lmctruck.com/ to find older truck parts.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:17 PM   #87
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MZ -- did you fab the hinge boxes?
Nope, $35 from Classic parts http://www.classicparts.com - a GM re-pop outfit. They supplied the door bottoms, and the lower hinge boxes.

All of the other panels (black primed) came through my local Ford! dealer who is a dealer for KeyParts, http://www.keypartsinc.com/ another re-pop distributor. They (Ford Dealer) deliver to my shop daily for free, so no UPS charges!

LMC does have lots of stuff for the older pickups, but generally you can get it for less $$ anywhere else.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:24 PM   #88
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Thank's for Bodywork 101. I'm learning quite a bit from this. Did you need to use anything on the insides of the doors to inhibit rust?
Not yet. Once it is painted I will spray the inside with blend of ATF and bar and chain oil. I'm not a believer in the rust converter products, they tend to bury the problem. If it's bad it needs to be cut out, but light surface rust where you can't see it responds nicely to the ATF/bar oil treatment.
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:51 PM   #89
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So, some floodgate opened somewhere today, I didn't get much done, too busy with paying work. Hub assembly + f. brake pads in a 2005 GMC Canyon this morning, Oil chg, lower ball joints, and a muffler + tailpipe on a 2003 Chevy trailblazer next, then a LF wheel bearing hub assy in a 2005 Toyota Taco, (put the bolts in before you press that shit together!!!!!) then a set of studded snow tires on a 2009 Toyota Yaris. A battery in a Subaru, and an altenrator in a 2000 Kia sephia to round out the day at work. I'm beat.

I did start the passenger door today, before all the work rolled in. It's worse than the drivers door.



Then Brown Santa stopped by with some engine parts!!! And I found my fast idle cam + link rod for the carb!

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ddavidv -- all you need to do is add some black pinstripes and you'd have a dead-nuts copy of a Suzuki GS1000s!

THREAD HIJACK WARNING
Not what I was going for...the point was to be an homage this:
So I wound up with this (sorry for the ginormous image):

I've since fixed the stripes to the right color scheme.
THREAD HIJACK OVER--back to Saving The Panel Truck
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