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Old 08-19-2021, 05:35 PM
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That tailgate is amazing. I couldnít even attempt anything like that!
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Old 08-20-2021, 05:26 AM
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That tailgate is amazing. I couldnít even attempt anything like that!
Nonsense, you would do an even better job!
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Old 08-20-2021, 04:39 PM
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Hey Marcus
Things are looking good, I did some stainless cables several
years ago for work and silver soldered the ends on and once cleaned and
polished you couldn't tell how they were joined, just some food for thought.

I wish I had half your motivation

Cheers Phil
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Old 08-21-2021, 05:19 AM
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Hey Marcus
Things are looking good, I did some stainless cables several
years ago for work and silver soldered the ends on and once cleaned and
polished you couldn't tell how they were joined, just some food for thought.

I wish I had half your motivation

Cheers Phil
Thanks Phil.
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Old 08-21-2021, 09:01 AM
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Your work is absolutely amazing!
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Old 08-22-2021, 05:09 AM
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Your work is absolutely amazing!
Thank you Mike.
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Old 08-23-2021, 05:25 AM
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Starting on the rounded corners for the bedsides. These are 304 stainless, as being in a lockdown, could only choose from what I could find online locally. Would have preferred steel but they also had a larger radius than what I was after. I laid the bend down flat and rubbed it over the sandpaper to show where the top and bottom horizontal plane was. Then cut away the inside radius.


I am only using the other shell so it can get a proper butt weld that can be planished after welding. Also makes it less likely that the weld line will show up later with temperature changes.


I first welded the corner shell on and ground and planished the weld. Then added the fill in triangle at the top and doing the same again.


Always making sure it was brought back into alignment which each piece added.


By doing it in stages in situ, I had better access to the last weld done.


Last piece was the end cap to finish off this corner.


I have the same gap right around the tailgate of 4mm-5/32" like my doors etc.


For the other side I tried a different approach to see if it was any better or faster. Made the corner piece completely and was much easier and faster as could hammer it over a stake to planish it.


The down side is the weld is now deep inside the corner and can see how much it pulled the corner down out of alignment. I even used the popular tack and let cool method here to try and minimize it.


I supported the corner with the timber, not to force it upwards, but to stop the bottom edge getting bent downwards as I manipulated the metal using things like an old jack hammer bit!


What I did see happen is a fine crack appear in the mig weld after using the cold tack method. I don't have this happen if I do the hot tack stacking technique. It only happened on section on the top rather than the bottom. Only difference was that there was a small gap in the join along the bottom and shows why some that do the cold tack method, leave a gap or grind a bevel to the edge. I fixed it by cutting a groove and hot tack staking the weld. The extra shrinkage helped pull the corner up as well.


I also used some PDR tools, Paintless Dent Removal, to lift a few small low spots to finish it off.


Both corners now complete.


Looks much more integrated now with the bedsides flowing into the tailgate.


Overall shot. Looks custom without being in your face obvious.
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Old 08-23-2021, 06:10 AM
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Great job Marcus. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-23-2021, 06:28 AM
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Beautiful result. You got a nice back end there Marcus.
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Old 08-23-2021, 07:42 AM
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Wow, that really finished off the complete rear of the pickup! Excellent work all around!

Your punch list has to be getting fairly short?! Whatís next on the agenda! Going to be a bummer to see you ever finish this project, itís been so enjoyable to follow along!
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