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Frontend narrowing questions... how much, how, bracing, rerouting inners

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jjlaughner, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    how much are you trimming out, how are you cutting (taking out sections, cutting and tack welding the fenders to the core support?), bracing, rerouting inner well wheels

    How about this
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    cut out this section weld it back to the main support and then brace it with some straps?
    When you weld the outters back to the inner section do you need to angle it back slightly so that it will connect back to the fenders?

    Give me some details and pics of using the stock hood springs and hood, while cutting and angling in the fenders. If I do end up cutting the outside sections and welding them back in at and angle how many inches do you need to get the fender bolt back into the core support?

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  2. 84gmcjimmy

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    I just forgot what I was going to say... give me a few minutes...
     
  3. jjlaughner

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    I just forgot what I was going to say... give me a few minutes...

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    NO, I haven't already done it thats a chop /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif




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    /forums/images/graemlins/histerical.gif are you tapering the rear too?
     
  5. jjlaughner

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    no, I like having storage in the back. I've already done a rear floor replacement and welded the side panels down.

    I like the idea of narrowing the front so I can peak out the window and see around the front fenders better.

    Tailgate and cargo area
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    Trimming the rear fenders
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    Need to make diamond plate corners now
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    okay I remember now. good point. TTT /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    i cut just enough to where i could keep my grill full width. this might give an idea.
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    and here you can see the bars i made for bracing.
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    to attach the fenders back onto the core support i made some L type brackets.
     
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    Are you keeping the stock headlights? Its harder if you do but doable.
     
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    I had pics of my progress but now I can find them. What I did was cut out the head light area leaving the end part where the fender goes on it. I then cut off the core support area and bolted the headligh bucket back on top of the core support with the headlight backs on each side of the main uprights. I supported the core support with 1/2 rod as it was cheap and I could adjust it if needed.

    I know this is a poor explanation but its kind of hard to describe. /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
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    Yeah I've visted your pics several times thinking about this

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    So are you fenders held on int he front with zip ties /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
    How'd you connect the fenders back to the core support? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    Are you keeping the stock headlights? Its harder if you do but doable.

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    Yes thats the goal to keep the headlights, even though I'm hoping to cut enough out that by using the stock size (aftermarket) tube grill the lights will be "phantomed" behind the grill /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    edit- I'm not against making a drifferent grill to acheive this effect if I dont trim enough out.

    Main goals are better view of whats up front and retain the stock headlights.
     
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    So are you fenders held on int he front with zip ties /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
    How'd you connect the fenders back to the core support? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif

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    no, those are there for mock up of the grill. i made some L brackets to attach the fenders to the core. i was able to reuse two of the mounting locations on the fender side, bolted the bracket to that and then drilled two holes on the core..
     

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