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Kronald_70GMC 01-29-2023 09:15 PM

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I also was able to get some more welding and grinding done on the seat bracket. I have welded and ground down and finished the bottom of all the tabs. Ready for some full work down the road.

Kronald_70GMC 02-05-2023 08:10 PM

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Today I managed to get the rest of the feet finished up on the passenger bracket. I also cut a v between the angle irons and the brackets and ran another weld across to make sure that they are strong. I was about 30 minutes shy of being able to complete the grinding on the passenger bracket. My compressor can't keep up anymore since my secondary tank gave up on me so it's slow going. Between waiting for the compressor to catch up, I took a square nut that was given to me by my dad for the one mounting point I needed to add and shaped it to look like the factory ones. Hopefully soon I can flip the cab on its nose for the last time.

Kronald_70GMC 02-06-2023 11:12 PM

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I'd have to say it looks pretty good in there with the other two nuts.

Kronald_70GMC 02-19-2023 09:20 PM

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It's been a little slow the last few weeks on the truck but I maged to get some stuff done. I have completed all the welding and grinding on the seats so that is a huge step in the right direction. Today I was cleaning up a few odds and ends and got the passenger side cab mount plate welded back in as well as the last mounting plate for the passenger seat. I also got the driver side cab mount plate prepped and ready to weld in. Hoping to have the time to get that and the driver seat plate welded in tomorrow. After that, I will have to figure out some sort of firewall support that I can use to tip the cab back onto its nose and finish the underside completely.

Kronald_70GMC 02-20-2023 02:54 PM

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Got those last two pieces welded in. Now I just need to make some sort of cradle for the firewall so that when I flip in on its nose, I have a way of securing it in place on my cart. I've got some scrap lumber to work with so I think I can come up with something.

Kronald_70GMC 02-26-2023 08:03 PM

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Firewall craddle complete! Now I just have to do a good cleanup around the garage and find a bunch of guys to help me flip it to its nose!:metal:

May70 02-26-2023 09:33 PM

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What is a firewall cradle?

Kronald_70GMC 02-26-2023 09:37 PM

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What is a firewall cradle?

I made it so that when I flip it onto the firewall, it will help to evenly distribute the weight. It will also give me a point to attach it to my cart so that I don't have to worry about it falling over.

Getter-Done 03-05-2023 10:52 PM

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Great Idea on the cushion when you roll it:metal:

It is looking great.:metal:

Kronald_70GMC 03-06-2023 06:06 PM

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Great Idea on the cushion when you roll it:metal:

It is looking great.:metal:

Thanks man! It's going to feel so good to have the bottom of the cab completely finished.

Kronald_70GMC 03-10-2023 12:36 PM

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I scored this today locally! It has a bit of a curve but I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to straighten it. The worst part is the large dent in the lettering but I think I can fix that up too. The best part is I haven't seen any rust holes or signs of one starting.

Kronald_70GMC 03-10-2023 09:54 PM

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Got is straightened! Used a jackall, some wood blocks and a scissor lift. We ended up lifting up the scissor lift to get enough weight on it. :lol: Super happy with this gate:metal:

72 tigger 03-11-2023 07:54 AM

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Nice work on the tailgate!

cornerstone 03-11-2023 11:47 AM

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Very nice score and work on that rust free gate!

Kronald_70GMC 03-11-2023 11:55 AM

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Nice work on the tailgate!

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Very nice score and work on that rust free gate!

Thanks guys!

Kronald_70GMC 03-19-2023 08:14 PM

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Today was the first time in a couple of weeks that I actually got to work on the cab again. I've decided to wrap up a few loose ends on some other items within the cab before I flip it on its nose. Mostly that decision was due to a bunch of materials and such all over my garage and in my way. Today I added some more steel to the structure of my "behind the seat" box. There is still some more metal needed before it is completely done but I needed to see how this was going to work first. I cut my pressboard to fit and got it all screwed in place to get an overall idea of how it will look. There will be more work on this to come as I need some more backing (steel) to screw in a few loose areas and I will eventually make some speaker enclosures and a sub enclosure that will mount from behind. I'm pretty happy with the outcome thus far.:metal:

chewychevy67 03-19-2023 08:19 PM

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That looks smooth

Kronald_70GMC 03-19-2023 08:21 PM

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That looks smooth

Thank you!

Kronald_70GMC 03-20-2023 11:18 PM

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Just wanted to throw in a picture without all the mess in the cab.

72 tigger 03-21-2023 05:55 AM

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Looks very clean! Should work well

Kronald_70GMC 03-21-2023 02:18 PM

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Looks very clean! Should work well

Thanks!

KyleSeal 03-31-2023 08:41 AM

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Great thread, really liking the work. You've come a long way with the welding and it looks great! Isnt it interesting how many fractures and stress cracks seats get in their life? My bench needed nearly every spot weld redone and had many stress cracks

Kronald_70GMC 03-31-2023 10:30 PM

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Great thread, really liking the work. You've come a long way with the welding and it looks great! Isnt it interesting how many fractures and stress cracks seats get in their life? My bench needed nearly every spot weld redone and had many stress cracks

Thanks for the compliments! I'm sure it would be wild if a person could see everything these trucks have gone through over the years.

Kronald_70GMC 04-02-2023 07:48 PM

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I pulled my box back out today and started adding the required support pieces I need to properly fasten the press board the rest of the way. I also added some pieces to pickup the fiberglass corner sections. I plan to use nutserts for those. I didn't quite have the time needed to get it put all back together as I have a few more pieces to put in and need to weld everything on the back side yet.

Kronald_70GMC 04-04-2023 11:26 PM

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Tonight I went over to my parents place and helped my dad bleed the brakes on his '69. We were hoping to take it to the local car show this weekend but after going for a test drive, we will not be able to take it. Unfortunately a botched transmission rebuild is making it very hard to drive anywhere. It revs at 2500 rpm at only 40 MPH along with plenty of other issues. At least the brakes are now nice and solid. Here are some pictures of the truck


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