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Old 04-13-2021, 05:52 PM
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Really nice work Chris!

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Old 04-14-2021, 03:35 PM
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Really nice work Chris!

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Thanks for looking in Charlie
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Old 04-15-2021, 10:22 PM
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The seatbelt mounts needed tying in with rest of the body to strengthen that area up. Had a whoops around the lower mount as I went to test fit the seatbelt. There was no room for the seatbelt between the mount and the outer skin. Had to let the panel go and reweld in it's new position. The cab was then inspected by our low volume certifier to make sure any work done is up to standard. Once he's passed the work, I can start closing in the cab.

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This is the original sealing channel on the rear corners. They have a rubber seal that fits into the channel and seals against the outer skin. The rubber causes a few rust issues and doesn't seal effectively

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This is my version. The outer skin will be welded to this panel. There was a lot of on/offing to get this to fit right and tie in with the outer skin

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Old 04-16-2021, 05:13 PM
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After a whole heap of jacking and squaring, I eventually got the roof tacked on. Went for a 4mm door gap , as the drip rails still need to be fitted and that will add 1mm. Luckily a truck body has only two doors and a 'screen opening to square compared to the work in a four door car. Paid a lot of attention to the floor being level as well. Need to have a clean up by the look of the workshop floor

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Old 04-20-2021, 03:41 PM
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Time for the cowl to get some attention. Design wise, the intention is to have glued in windscreens, rather than the hinged windscreen frame, remove the cowl vent and remove the bonnet hinge rebate as I am changing the bonnet to a rear hinged single piece. I will use the original outer swage line as my pattern to transfer onto the new panel
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Transferred the new pattern onto the panel steel. I initially used the swager to give me a guide line before it then went into the nibbler for the finished profile. A few passes in the nibbler to get the rebate depth correct

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The two halves joined and being checked against the internal dash support

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Welded up. I will leave the ends rough until I marry them up to the outer A pillars

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Bonnet hinge rebate gone. Also changed the firewall to match

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Old 04-24-2021, 05:29 PM
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Started making my way around the windscreen opening. I cut the shape of my glass pattern in MDF and used that as a guide to swage the panel steel. Then into the nibbler for the rebate depth. I'm moving the windscreen wipers to the cowl rather than above the screen
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A friend mentioned that the left hand screen opening was slightly different to the right. I made another replacement piece, only to decide it still wasn't right. third time round, it looked right

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Old 04-24-2021, 09:00 PM
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That is inspiring. Thank you for posting great photos.
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Old 04-25-2021, 05:11 AM
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Very nice work.
Just make sure you put a straight edge across the template to make sure it sits in there dead flat. You don't want any tension in the glass afterwards.
I also used a straight edge on the flanges top to bottom to make sure they were in line as well.
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Old 04-25-2021, 11:50 AM
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That is inspiring. Thank you for posting great photos.
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Thanks Bill. I've a few more photos to show.
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Old 04-25-2021, 11:55 AM
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Very nice work.
Just make sure you put a straight edge across the template to make sure it sits in there dead flat. You don't want any tension in the glass afterwards.
I also used a straight edge on the flanges top to bottom to make sure they were in line as well.
Thanks Marcus. Been mindful of the opening and the glass. If there is some discrepancy, the urethane will hopefully even it out.
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