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Cab Complete (pics)

Discussion in 'The Body Shop' started by JK5, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. JK5

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    Sweet! That things going to be nice when ya get done with it!!! :thumb:
     
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    Thanks...:cool1:

    I spent $96 on sheet metal parts..for both sides.
    Alot cheaper than anouther cab.
     
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    Looks good. I got a feeling I'll be into the same type work before too long. Nice job!
     
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    Thanks...

    It's about the 20 th cab....so....I've got it down...
    LOL....does yours have Fintstone floors???? :eek:
     
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    Is there any other kind?:ignore::doah:
     
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    Where'd you get the sheet metal?
     
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    Outter rockers - www.absautosupply.com $10 ea
    Inner rockers - homemade
    cab supports - Tabco $18 ea
    floors - sheet metal from my red c2500..
    Cab corner - Tremco $18 ea

    Right fender - canfield swap $15
    Left fender - A&C auto parts $50
    right door - canfield swap $100
    left door - A friend that makes trips to texas $150

    I have a small junkyard in my attic in my barn...
    I just raided it...for everything else. :D
     
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    Thanks! I'll need some new rockers here soon. Did the ones from ABS seem decent? Fit okay, etc?
     
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    You tear down the 2wd??????:confused:

    :rotfl: LOL He's not joking either! :thumb:
     
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    I put a used 1/4 panel on Big red...about 4 years ago.
    I just saved the old sheet metal...and used it for patches.;)
     
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    The fit on ABS's rockers...is close to factory...
    They're the best I've used. They are PPG E-coated..too. :thumb: :thumb:
     
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    Nice pics. Where did you start? I have the same problem. I need to replace the floors(both sides), inner and outer rocker panles, cab corners, and cab supports. Did you have to make any custom parts? I can get almost all the parts but I do not know where to start as far as what piece to weld in first.
     
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    Have you considered just buying a new cab? There's a place nearby here that'll sell an entire cab for $700. Might be worth it if you really care about how the end result looks and factor in your time.

    I plan to patch mine up, but I've accepted that it's going to be a beater. I just want to patch the hole in the floor so I don't step through it or die from diesel exhaust while driving. :grin:
     
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    I want to buy a new cab but the truck will be a beater. I don't know if it worth the time and hassle of welding new stuff on or buying a new cab. I will drive the truck on the street from time to time but mostly off road.
     
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    Where to start....

    Well first...
    I mount a door...and rebuilt hinges...get the door to close nice.
    In some cases..a com-a-long is needed to PULL the A and B pillars together.
    After you get the door to close...next you weld in a temperary brackes between the A and B pillars...
    Now you can start cutting the rusted metal..and remove it from the cab.
    Next...I grab the new outter rocker...and fit that..so there is a nice gap at the bottom of the door....tac in place..

    Now that the outer is in...you can slip the inner rocker...tac-it...
    then go to the cab support...and get it welded it..

    Then last...is the floor...
    I never weld the floor in...until the door shuts nice.

    So....You basically start from the OUTSIDE...and work your way in..

    I did take some video of the rocker install...want a copy???

    Well....have fun...it's alot of work...it took me about 24 hours...to do both sides. :eek:

    If I were you....I'd get some 2"x4" rectangle tube...and weld that in...
    That's what I did with my trail rig.
     
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    Thanks for the great info. Now I can order the parts. Do you think it was worth doing instead of buying a new cab? If you got the vid let me know how you can send it. Thanks.
     
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    Well...being in the "Rust Belt" it's hard to find a cab for under $800...
    My cab...resto was about $150.
    It takes about 24 hours to change over a cab...so as far as time goes...
    I broke even...so...I saved at least $400.

    Also..you can make the cab rockers strong than stock..better for the trail.

    I have some raw video...that needs edited..I could send...are you in a hurry??
     
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    No, not really. The truck is sitting for now. I just want to start before the Spring comes. I have alot more work to do to the truck but I wanted the body done first.
     
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    I'll get something going...
    But first...I have to make a copy of a wheeling trip Mudjunkie82 and I went on..
    Mud's been asking for 4 months for a copy...LOL...:blush:
     

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