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Now its time to get back to work.


Today I started to tackle the wheel wells. Since I want to keep the little curve, where the body line rolls into the back of the cab, I cut those pieces from the cab.




The small portion to the bottom is the little curve I mentioned above. Roughly cutting the two pieces to fit I then clamp them into place.




No backing material was used to weld this up. As you can see, things got a bit ugly.




I repeat on the driver side pieces.




After welding the driver side, I realize the angle was way off. I replace the part cut off from the wheel well edge.

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Grinding off the welds I smooth the edges.




Next I cut a extra piece of 18 gauge steel to reinforce the curve. Unfortunately I didn't snap a photo until I was finished. You can see the slight bulge where the reinforcing strip was welded on though.

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looks like you made good with what you had. should look great once some paint is on it. who knows, you might just bend it someday anyways
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**** looks sick man....lokks like u got some twint trucks there haha both trucks look clean cant wait to see it finished....keep up the work
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Wanting a better picture of the body line curves, I went outside into the sunlight. With better lighting they don't look half bad.




Next I dry fit the passenger side onto the body panel. I have to push the panel inward to align with the door.




I make my trimming marks





Then I trim and clean up the sharp edges.

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Going in the same fashion I use a strip of 16 gauge steel behind the seams. Tack welded wheel well curve into place.




After tack welding, I tie a piece of string to hold the panel in place.




I finish up welding the passenger side and repeat on the driver side.



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Lookin good!
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damn nice work!
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# 10: 'You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.


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same here dude. that is some serious fab work. you definately turned it up to 11 with that mod
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Looks awesome. What are you going to do for the interior?
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sweet god of metal!! that is clean work you do. cant wait to see the finsh product
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lol, I love the gas door in the middle of the rear pannel!
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Looks great man keep up the good work!
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Onto the roof... I start by creating a pattern for the curve. The old groove where the roof and side meets will be rounded as well.




With the pattern in hand and some sheet steel I head over to another shop. There I get the metal for the roof rolled as well as the wheel well pieces.






Back at the shop I start to dry fit the rolled piece. Roof is very rusty!




With the swamp coolers rusting out all the exposed metal I decide to prep everything for primer.

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Along with prepping for paint I remove all stickers and clean off the glue.




Primer shows all the small tweeks in the metal.




Painted the roof and leaving a small gap to weld onto.




I sanded and painted all the inside pieces as well.



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so sick, coming along really nice
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very cool. nice skill you have
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Just keeps getting better everytime.
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hell yea i want one. this thread makes me wanna go out and fab something for my truck
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man u do some good work i give u props that truck is going to look badass..imma have to find a way to swing by and see it when its done
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I'm in love!!! Awesome!! Thats all I can say!
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Man that looks amazing..jw but what r u gonan do with the interior??
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your truck is god-like
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damn... that's all there is to it, excellent work, can i borrow your shop?
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Thanks all!


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After finishing up primering I resume completing the curve of the cab. First I clean up the edges for backing strips.




Using some fancy unistrut and visegrips I clamp down the roof and side panel. The unistrut kept all the sheet steel flat while I added the packing strip.




Placing the pre-curved steel over the gab I mark cut points.




After shearing off one side I double check the second cut's location.




Now I need to create the tapered edge to meet with the old molding groove.

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