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Old 03-15-2017, 02:24 PM   #106
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When I purchased this truck, none of the body lines were good, probably from years of fighting fires in the state game lands. I did the best I could to get panels to line up, but since no panel is without dents and dings I just had to call it good.

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When I purchased this truck, none of the body lines were good, probably from years of firing fires in the state game lands. I did the best I could to get panels to line up, but since no panel is without dents and dings I just had to call it good.
Late 60's-70's Mopars had some of the worst fit and finish from the factory...anything you can do will be an improvement. And if you didn't have dents and dings, you'd have to worry about it getting dirty or a scratch. I'll tank faded paint with dings over perfect body and paint any day....at least for a truck. Makes it more fun to use and less BS to worry about. Your truck looks awesome, sure wish mine was red instead of white.
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Late 60's-70's Mopars had some of the worst fit and finish from the factory...anything you can do will be an improvement. And if you didn't have dents and dings, you'd have to worry about it getting dirty or a scratch. I'll tank faded paint with dings over perfect body and paint any day....at least for a truck. Makes it more fun to use and less BS to worry about. Your truck looks awesome, sure wish mine was red instead of white.
I know what you mean. I spent a lot of money on my '90 W250, and I hate to drive it here in Pennsyltucky between the months of October and May, I do take it out when I need to, but it gets a good bath to wash the crud off promptly. I don't plan to mess with the paint on the '74, its tough paint. I need to try to match it to paint the bed, which may become a headache. If so, I'll blow some John Deere Blitz Black on the whole truck.
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Great looking truck. I'm about to start my first project and you've just added 30 things I've overlooked. Lol. Mine is an old fire truck and thinking about keeping the paint as well. 1978 W200/5.9 conversion starts soon!
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Great looking truck. I'm about to start my first project and you've just added 30 things I've overlooked. Lol. Mine is an old fire truck and thinking about keeping the paint as well. 1978 W200/5.9 conversion starts soon!
I like the look of the old paint. Besides, paint doesn't make them run any better.

The best advice I can give you is: research, research, research. I have yet to see 2 CrewCab conversions done the same way, but each one I looked at gave me good ideas for mine. I started gathering up parts right after I bought the truck, and it sure helps make the project flow easier. There is a wealth of knowledge on this site, so if you have any concerns, don't be shy. I'll be watching your thread.
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