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Old 12-02-2008
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ok i thought that was your final it looks like a meat truck with a cool box on the back and yes i saw on the other day and never thought they would treat a ranger like that
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Looks very functional. That concepts looks like you got the idea from Flip-Pac. I really like expedition vehicles. I'm also all about function over fashion. Keep us updated on your expedition rigs.
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Your truck still amazes me. I like the 'box' idea. Even if it doesn't look great, I could see it being very useful. I am a believer in function before form.
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I love the box idea it is gonna be sweet! Man i wish i could see this truck in person!
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looks like an ice cream truck
you have some strange ice cream trucks around you lol
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Old 12-04-2008
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i'm confused..

that second picture on the very first page, was that photoshopped with the new cab or was that when it was completed and the project log was just added after that picture?
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Old 12-04-2008
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i'm confused..

that second picture on the very first page, was that photoshopped with the new cab or was that when it was completed and the project log was just added after that picture?
That is a photoshopped picture.
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Old 12-20-2008
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Any updates?
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Old 12-22-2008
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This truck is sic!! Promise when your done with it you,Zach and Nick will build a truck together! The three of you could build the truck to end all builds!
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Old 12-22-2008
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This is an awesome build and you do nice clean work. I was wondering why though? Wouldnt having a extra cab be virtually the same thing without sacraficing the truck bed? Please dont take my question the wrong way, i was just wondering. I do think your truck looks great and fully functional and admire the one of a kind fab work. But it seems like alot of work.
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Now that looks Retarded!
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^Psshh. I think he's better at building trucks than using Photoshop. So I don't think it would look like that.
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Old 12-26-2008
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Now that looks Retarded!
Some people like function before beauty.
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Some people like function before beauty.
Thats how it should be.

Create the function...then try to make it look beautiful.
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Now that looks Retarded!
Ask yourself this question.

If you had to live out in this truck for a couple years would you rather

Look good to the other people?

Or

Be confirtable?
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Old 12-26-2008
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Like most people are saying... For him it is a matter of function rather than looks...I like it and it looks great for he needs to have. Doing a great Job on it as well.
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Now that looks Retarded!
form and function
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Old 12-26-2008
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Your truck looks great and your work is amazing.

a side thought though, a longer bed with a camper shell serves the purpose without making your super model into a dirty street skank.
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whats going on i want up dated pictures lol
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Man seems like a hell of a lot of work putting all those stock curves into that cab just to throw on a over grown camper in that little bed, seems it would have been better to have built a camper on the frame. Following the or hell using the bed sides for the camper sides.. kind of like Earth Roamer out of Colorado... Check out the new jeep I'm guessing this was at sema..http://www.earthroamer.com/tab_xpedi..._overview.html

Not doubting your work... Your sheet metal skills are truly something to marvel at.. I like the original idea of the bed cage and canvas..
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^^^ i want both of those vehicle in the above thread extrmely badly...those things are freaking awsome
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Updates! Holidays are over and the shop has been moved, its back to work.


With the metal work now complete it's time to start prepping for body filler. I brought the truck over to a friends auto body business to let a pro have at it.




Although, the body filler would be done by someone else, that doesn't mean I can't be useful. Equipped with a dual-action sander I clean all the welds and low spots.




Spencer sands off paint to fix the tin can effect from me welding the roof.




This is where experience pays off. Spencer uses a fancy slide hammer to rework the roof to the correct curve. During construction the metal warped inward. By a push of a button, the tool welds itself to the sheet metal. Then you slam the metal weight upwards.

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Using a special body hammer, Spencer whacks in key locations to stretch the metal into the correct shape.




The side panels also had the "tin can" effect. This happens when metal stretches and/or contracts during the welding process.




Once Spencer finished banding and beating the body into shape, he sprayed all the seams with etch primer.




Here's is the etch primer used and the Kevlar fiber body filler he'll be adding next. That's right, Kevlar!

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Like any body filler, you have to mix it with the right amount of hardener. Which seems to be, about yay.




Next the filler is spread along the weld seems. The purpose of this is to reinforce the welded areas.




Now, it's time to wait a few days for the filler to harden.


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Old 01-19-2009
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Idk if i missed it but why are you living in your truck?

It looks sick
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