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Old 03-22-2015, 03:04 PM
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My 56 pickup build thread

I bought a pickup the same time as my panel back in 1999, don't have any pictures of it before it was torn down and wasn't sure if it was ever to be a project after I started to pull it apart. I basically scrapped the cab and picked up another that believe it or not was in better shape and one that many would have also scrapped, but where I live these trucks don't jump out at you. I started working on this cab last April of 2014. I'll post pics of what I started with and what I did as I went. If this all works out I may even do a late but better late than never build thread of my panel also.

So this is what and where I started



It's funny when you want something so bad you tend to over look just how bad things really are



The drip rails seen better days too!



Of course it shows some of the usual rust like the front cab corners


and rear cab corners





as well as the rocker panels and all the floor in general
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So I mounted it on my rotisserie and work begun.

started to drill out all the spot welds to remove panels that had seen better days





rear cab mounts were nonexistent

it was non too pretty here either

this cab started life out as a F-600

Cab was braced before it was put on the rotisserie and gaps around doors were even

everything removed but the firewall section in this picture
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First thing I started with was the inner cab corners, I had to make the rib between them in 2 pieces, I also left the rear cab corners on to help with the orientation of the rear cab mount holes.



then I carried on with the rocker panels

and firewall section. Those triangle reinforcement pieces needed a lot of reworking to get them to fit as well as I got them and the rocker panel needed a bit of work under them as well, wish I had taken pictures of how much they didn't match.
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I had made a repair to the lower door post but didn't quite make the mark and ended up redoing it when the front cowl panel didn't match bit the work I did to the reinforcement is shown better in this picture

Fitting better now

After the rocker panels and firewall section was installed I welded in the rear floor section, it was lap joined along the bottom of the rocker panel using plug welds

this is the underside after plug welding the back rib from the top

the front sections were butt welded in place

repaired the bottom of the cab back that had seen better days and removed rear cab corners

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Front cab cowl panels were next



and rear cab corners are in.
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Started to weld up all the seams and fill unwanted holes
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You are a metal master and some. Quite a daunting task you have taken on and you are absolutely right when you say the majority would pass on that cab. A project of that scope will keep you busy for awhile and also very rewarding, few people will ever really know how much work you have done. My hat is off to you.
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Continued on with filled seams

Then it was onto repairing the rot in the drip rails, I did this in short sections starting in the center and working towards the sides







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Here it's off the rotisserie and the original doors installed but the outer skins were very badly pitted and decided to use the doors that were original to my panel instead which were far from perfect but better than these.

started by marking up the rounded corners

cutting the corners off

and then get ready to weld the piece in place after spraying with some weld through primer
not perfect gaps but close enough
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Very nice work! Did you have to form the drip rail repair sections? You have more patience than me!
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sections that needed repair was all under the weather stripping in the dog leg area and down the front of the door as well as bottom inside and outer door skins. The driver side door was fine behind the weather strip





Did this repair in 2 pieces









Missing a few pictures here but the inner and outer skins are done here, I had to do a few modifications to the inner bottom piece to fit properly





Both doors on and fitting to what I can live with
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Very nice work! Did you have to form the drip rail repair sections? You have more patience than me!
Yes sir, that's why the smaller sections. The dogleg area on the door I tried making in one piece but gave up and did it in 2 pieces instead.
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Being a pickup I wanted someplace to store things so started making my seat bases.
Installed some drawer slides
and made some drawers



I still need to make up some drawer fronts but I tend to get side tracked.
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More patience than me ! I despise body work . Good job .
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It was then time to get it into epoxy primer









Then I made a simple dash extension which still needs a bit of work once I purchase a steering column

Because the glove box door wouldn't function with the original hinges I made my own



similar to the originals just a little different in the arc they travel
I then welded a piece of 1/8x3/8 flat bar to the bottom inside of the glove box door

then some piano hinge welded to the door and then will be pop riveted to the dash, a simple ball catch will hold the door shut.
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