Discussion in 'The Body Shop' started by JK5, Jan 7, 2005.
More pics here http://coloradok5.com/photos/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/4275
Sweet! That things going to be nice when ya get done with it!!!
I spent $96 on sheet metal parts..for both sides.
Alot cheaper than anouther cab.
Looks good. I got a feeling I'll be into the same type work before too long. Nice job!
It's about the 20 th cab....so....I've got it down...
LOL....does yours have Fintstone floors????
Is there any other kind?
Where'd you get the sheet metal?
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.
Thanks! I'll need some new rockers here soon. Did the ones from ABS seem decent? Fit okay, etc?
You tear down the 2wd??????
LOL He's not joking either!
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.
The fit on ABS's rockers...is close to factory...
They're the best I've used. They are PPG E-coated..too.
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.
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.
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.
Where to start....
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.
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.
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.
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??
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.
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...
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