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Sunroof replacement, what gauge sheetmetal?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Bubba Ray Boudreaux, Jul 18, 2003.

  1. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

    Bubba Ray Boudreaux 1 ton status

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    Title says it all. What gauge sheetmetal should I use to weld in place of the sunroof?
     
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    18 guage should be good, 16 is just a little too thick. Are you going to be forming the sheetmetal to follow the contour of the roof?
     
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    HAHA you have one of those too? Some PO of my truck did the same. Can't wait to get rid of it
     
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    bubba your truck has a sunroof? but it sounds like you dont like it, want to show me a pic before you seal it up? and what dont you like about it BTW?
     
  5. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    bubba your truck has a sunroof? but it sounds like you dont like it, want to show me a pic before you seal it up? and what dont you like about it BTW?


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    Well, I'm not too worried about forming it since I don't have the skill to do it, plus I'm not worried about getting show trophies.

    I'll follow along the whole process with pictures.

    Reasons I don't like it......

    1. Not race legal /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    2. The fawking latch sucks as I've had to replace rivets twice and it doesn't totally seal up anymore.

    3. I've had a look at the inside of the roof and I don't like mistaking my truck for an east coast truck.

    The fawking thing leaks like a sieve on occasion and just has been more trouble than what it's worth.

    I figure I should go ahead and do it and that would give me an excuse to take the top off to paint that and start taking some of the crappy paint off of it too.
     
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    Any reason you can't just take a sawzall to the roof of a 73-87 truck/K5 in a wrecking yard? That'd be my first choice. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  7. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Any reason you can't just take a sawzall to the roof of a 73-87 truck/K5 in a wrecking yard?

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    No sawzall and haven't seen a K5 in the two self serve yards in the area. Easier to just go down to the local metal supply and buy a sheet.
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    How far back did they install it?

    Wouldn't the roof contour of ANY '73-87 be the same all the way up to about the edge of the "cab"?
     
  9. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    It's about 6-10 inches (haven't actually measured yet) back from the windshield.
     
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    No sawzall and haven't seen a K5 in the two self serve yards in the area.

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    I got a DeWalt you can borrow I've used all of once... next time you head this way, give me a holla foo... /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
  11. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    That's cool. As soon as I get the tailgate operational, I'm gonna get this down and besides, I could use a boatload of sheet metal anyway.
     

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