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Old 10-17-2007, 01:08 AM
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Bodydrop (Finished)

I bagged this truck before the summer. Now its back for a bodydrop over the winter.


Cutting this.



Got it up on stands and measured.



2 1/4" to the rocker, with a 3/4" pinch weld. Prop the frame up on a piece of 3/4" square tube.



Map it out.



Cut.




Make some fillers.



Add some detail for the magazine.



Do the front and corners.

Pie cut the tunnel and weld it up.


Tub passenger side and relocate wiring harness-hole.



Cut the tangled up alarm some hacks installed and pull harness and column.

Gutted 100%.



Relocate clutch and tub drive side.








Drop frame horns and clearance crossmember for radiator hose.





Weld in not bent core support.



Hood release.



Mount front end.



Engine shot. Needs dropped.



4.5" narrower axle.



Welded in.



His sweet 3-star emblem mounted cleaner than it was.


More to come.

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Old 10-17-2007, 10:23 AM
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:02 AM
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How long has it taken you to get that far? For me it seams it takes longer to do sheet metal work than other forms of fabbin.
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:05 PM
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That's a lot of work. I've been doing a lot of sheet metal work on muscle cars for a guy. It took me an enitre evening just make a panel, cut out, and weld in new on a firebird fender. It took 6 hours to make DS floor pans and weld in, about 4 hours to do an inner fender on a chevelle. It would take me an eternity to do what you've done so far.
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Old 10-17-2007, 01:41 PM
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Yeah I'm not all that fond of sheetmetal work, especially bodydrops. But it is nice to work with 16 gauges when you're not concerned about warpage.
I've had the truck here for about 3 weeks. I need to have it finished by next week.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:17 PM
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Is this your full time job? I fab in the evening, and weekends for now. One of these years I'll quite my other job.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:16 AM
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I do this and go to school full time. But my school takes up just as much time as a day job, plus homework. I do get a summer break though.
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Old 10-20-2007, 05:34 PM
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Nice work man !
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Old 10-20-2007, 10:19 PM
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Thanks.


I finished up the back cab wall.


And the front corners.



Then painted the bare parts.


The bed is done too, just need to get someone to help me put it back on.
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Old 10-21-2007, 12:32 AM
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I did this on a Ranger a few years ago and it took me a month at about 8hrs a day so your truckin ! Much nicer job than mine...
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Old 10-21-2007, 12:44 AM
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I've done it before, so that helps. First one I did took an ungodly amount of time. I was also 17 then. Lol.
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Old 10-21-2007, 01:55 AM
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Yeah that was my 1st time and about 7 years ago for me.
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:01 PM
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Seam sealer.


Beds back on, just needs a little shim job.
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:44 PM
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Is that Fusor seam sealer over the top of undercoat??
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:54 PM
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Its SEM brand seam sealer, over a black epoxy paint. It says to lay some kind of paint down first, or it will rust the metal under it.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:53 AM
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Nice work! Almost makes me want to build a dragger. But I'm working the 4x4 thing right now...
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:01 AM
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Nice work! Almost makes me want to build a dragger. But I'm working the 4x4 thing right now...
Thats what I grew up doing. I'd like to build one of those too, but all my projects are on the backburner.




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Old 10-25-2007, 07:33 PM
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cool, looks good. Your using fluxcore wire?
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cool, looks good. Your using fluxcore wire?
75/25 mix. Theres something off about the 1/8" plate I used. If I don't grind the whole coating off I get that brown powder.
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oh, well your welds still look good.
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