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Old 09-13-2016, 03:23 PM
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:25 PM
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A little MIG action. I really wanted to try out the TIG on my new welder, but I didn't have any 100% argon, so wire feed is what I went with.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:28 PM
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Ready for prime and blocking
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:34 PM
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All painted. I've got 2 full Saturday's into this roof, and 2 hours per day M-F. I ordered the paint from www.paintforcars.com and used single stage Artic White acrylic urethane. It's not the best paint, but it cost me less than $100 for a gallon shipped (with catalyst and reducer) and it should provide a few years of rust protection until I can completely restore this truck properly.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:35 PM
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:36 PM
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:40 PM
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Now that the roof leaks are fixed, I finally found a donor! A 95 2500 4x4 with 47RH Trans. I really want the NV4500 or more preferably the NV5600, but I don't have the time nor the money to do the swap right now...future upgrade I guess. Picked this up for $3k with the use of my dad's truck and a neighbors trailer, since the glass was still out of my crew cab.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:43 PM
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So I pulled the front clip and out came the 400/727...

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Old 09-13-2016, 03:46 PM
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I removed the front cab bolts, and jacked up the front of the cab as far as I could without hitting the bed. Leveled the frame, grabbed the Sawzall and went to work...
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:49 PM
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I cut out a section of the inner boxed piece of the donor frame. There was a factory butt welded splice done here. I plan on having 8-10" of lap in my frame graft, so it will be stronger than factory
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:53 PM
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At this point, my wife hates me.
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:57 PM
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It took me 10 minutes to roll the frame and axle across the patio, slide it in, measure 3 times, let the air out of the tires to get the angles right, remeasure and and start welding. The process was easier than I thought it would be.
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