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Old 06-01-2020, 06:00 PM   #26
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Nice! I have been looking for a I6/SB with air
I was looking at 2 different ones with I6s, a 76 step and my 81 step. I opted for the 81 because it had factory air and better shape/paint.
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:48 PM   #27
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Nice job. I am waiting on my kit from summit & then will begin the drop proceedure. I will use the above info on my purches as well. Thank you for the tips!
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Old 06-01-2020, 09:54 PM   #28
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Lenox blade cut though the frame like Butta!!






Need to wack a few more rivets off, but we're close!

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Old 06-04-2020, 10:21 AM   #29
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Cool build..I picked up a not so pretty 6 banger long bed with air. Thinking about cutting her down to size, but space is a problem...Too many trucks.
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Old 06-04-2020, 10:34 AM   #30
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Cool build..I picked up a not so pretty 6 banger long bed with air. Thinking about cutting her down to size, but space is a problem...Too many trucks.
thank you! I'm not a huge fan of a longbed on a lowered truck but they look right at home on a raised truck. I'm kinda in the same boat, 2 project trucks in a 3 car garage doesn't leave much room. Ideally I would only have one truck in the garage/shop at a time!

Edit: Interested to see what you do with your project!
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Old 06-05-2020, 02:53 PM   #31
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removed 8 more rivets; thought I had it licked....realized I still have two more to go!

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Old 06-05-2020, 03:18 PM   #32
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I used to fight with rivets forever! If you don't have to worry about the top piece I have found a large impact hammer will sheer the heads off and push them through is seconds.

When I need to save the part though I am still pretty quick with using a step drill for most of it then a flap disk to take the rest of it off and it falls out.

How do you like that kit? Brooks make some nice stuff.
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I used to fight with rivets forever! If you don't have to worry about the top piece I have found a large impact hammer will sheer the heads off and push them through is seconds.

When I need to save the part though I am still pretty quick with using a step drill for most of it then a flap disk to take the rest of it off and it falls out.

How do you like that kit? Brooks make some nice stuff.
Thanks for the tips! So far so good, the kit seems to work rather well; just finished the drivers side; heading over to the passenger side in a few
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Old 06-05-2020, 05:29 PM   #34
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lots of metal shavings later, drivers side mostly done!

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Old 06-06-2020, 08:45 PM   #35
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made my own drill jig using the rear frame rails; worked out pretty good if I do say so myself/also used the "Tapfree" cutting fluid for all drilling; seemed to help quite a bit...drill bits lasted the entire project.

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Old 06-06-2020, 08:50 PM   #36
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inner plates and welding will happen a little further down the road, however, this keeps it in a roller status for now.

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Old 06-07-2020, 04:20 AM   #37
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You're doing good work! I use a torch on the old rivits, if its near the gas tank I use an air chisel.
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You're doing good work! I use a torch on the old rivits, if its near the gas tank I use an air chisel.
Thank you! I've never been accused of moving quickly when it comes to these types of projects
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