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You're doing great work.
Builds like this inspire me. I recently got involved (I'm still not sure how) in helping my buddy. He wanted to install a 1956 Packard Clipper dash into his 1958 Packard. It was pretty nerve wracking taking a cut off wheel to a pristine dash and lopping off a couple of inches from both sides.
I've got the dash roughed in on the 58, now I got to trim it up and make the ends look good. Reading your posts and watching your work has helped me.

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Can't wait for more pics--that will be a great truck--I thought one time that if we were as thrifty when we had money on hand as we are when we were broke, we would always have more money. You just come up with money saving ideas easier when you are low on money
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I got the roof panel trimmed up and clamped down where I wanted it.....I had to flange the joint most of the way around. It takes a lot of dinking around to get these just right.....the trick is not to put any tension on that big flat panel.Name:  DSCN1800.jpg
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Once I got it securely tack welded all the way around, I made the filler pieces for the sides. I still have some more welding ahead of me... It is a slow process as I don't want to warp that big low crown panel.

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Hey Tinman looking good!! When you cut your doner roof panel did you lay on top and scribe the old top? I have seen where they use clecos to hold the panel in place to weld.Nice job well done.
 
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Tinman you are doing a great job. Everytime I look at your posts I start from the beginning, I love seeing your progress over time, things seem to fit into place perfectly. You have mad skills..
 
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Hey Tinman looking good!! When you cut your doner roof panel did you lay on top and scribe the old top? I have seen where they use clecos to hold the panel in place to weld.Nice job well done.
When I cut the roof from a donor car, I just cut it as big as possible. Then trim it down close to the final shape. I then lay it on top of the opening and mark the shape. Keep trimming a little at a time till I get it to fit.
The side filler pieces I used are some "extra" metal from the edges of the donor roof...
 
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Been a while since I updated this thread.....finally made some progress.

I got the roof all welded up and made my drip rails.....
Spent some time grinding and did some finish bodywork, then sprayed some primer!
It's finally starting to look like something! I may even paint it if I have some extra time...
A couple pics....

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Wow Scott! That looks great! Geez I need some space like that...
 
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I think your quarter windows are the best I've seen on any extended cab project -- they look factory!
 
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You sure it's not another photoshop trick?

Really great work!
 
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Scott, have you considered enlarging the back window vertically to match the height of the side windows? I think it would be the final detail to make it look like a phantom factory model. I realize the factory made them that size, but I've always thought they looked too small. The sides are perfect.
 
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Even more progress.....

After seam sealing the drip rails, I decided to sand it down and paint it.

After a trip to Wally World for some Krylon, here is the result. The color match isn't quite perfect, but close enough for now.

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Below is v8steel's photoshop'd picture....not a lot of difference.

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Couple other angles....

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When you get done come to Texas and help me LOL
 
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Beautiful budget work. You are now a Master.

I also think a bigger back window would go well with this build.
Maybe even a wrap around one.

Maybe your bud could Photoshop one into the last pic.
Ya I know. Your done with the cab, Right?
 
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Your quarter windows are much better than the photochop ones!
 

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