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Old 06-05-2017, 11:41 PM   #101
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Makes perfect sense! I was hoping the rear body line would mimic the front.
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Old 06-06-2017, 12:09 AM   #102
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i love this so much
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Old 06-26-2017, 07:29 PM   #103
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Both of the bed rails are on, shaped, and fully welded. Added two filler pieces to tie the rails to the arch. We'll run a piece of square tube down the length of the bed to the tail light area and tie in to that as well. We have pieces of steel with a lip bent to come out off that square tube and serve as the inner wall of the bed (will come out and past where that lip on the wheel arch is)





Ground down the welds to smooth out transitions and cut more paint off to prep for a first coat of filler. Found some pre-existing filler on the driver's rear.



The transition from quarter panel to bed rail worked out perfect, we were able to maintain the radius on the top of the panel which really helps it looks like it belongs there.





We'll use outer sections of d-pillar from the silver car to layer over the green d-pillar and blend in the front of the bed.

Really happy with how it's looking, I love the profile. The rail gets rid of that "chopped off car" profile that most of the builds I've seen online have because they just built flat off the top of the panel edge.



Next step is to build the pieces for the top of the tailgate to continue the line around.

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Old 06-26-2017, 07:45 PM   #104
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Really happy with how it's looking, I love the profile. The rail gets rid of that "chopped off car" profile that most of the builds I've seen online have because they just built flat off the top of the panel edge.



Next step is to build the pieces for the top of the tailgate to continue the line around.
I'm with you 100% on the side profile, the truck really looks almost like it could be a Ute out of Australia, the lines are there like they should be. The idea that came from a poster in this thread that gave you the idea for how to continue the line was just what it needed. When the bed rail line is continued across the tail gate, things will really pull together.

All in all, a great, and fun project so far.

Too bad now starts the endless sanding and blocking to flatten things out...
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:40 PM   #105
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looks almost like it could be a Ute out of Australia, the lines are there like they should be.
Exactly what I thought when I saw the profile.
Nice job guys.
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Old 07-21-2017, 12:39 PM   #106
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If that rear hatch wasn't designed to open I would suggest adding a set of these



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Old 07-21-2017, 02:49 PM   #107
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:45 PM   #108
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Well, Quin really put things in perspective so we've given up on this project and had it hauled off for scrap.

Actually it's just the usual summer slump for car work around here. Senior is always off sitting by the lake and I've been spending all my time on my dirt bike. But, there's some first hint of color in the trees which means it's almost time to hole up and knock out a bunch of work in the coming months.

We have not been completely stalled, just picking away at it 2hrs here 2hrs there. The focus has been on the tailgate. The tailgate is like the crux of why I want the thing (bike hauling), but it definitely added some extra layers of complexity! Really all we've done lately was dedicate an unexpected amount of time (gotta be like 20 man hours?) into making the top rail piece for the tailgate. A lot of the other stuff has worked out as planned, but this one took a real turn from our initial guess and took a lot of tweaking to get it to work out.

When we had the steel pieces bent for the car we had a piece bent for the tailgate rail that was just a straight 90*. Thought was it'd come up off the tailgate facade where the hatch window once was then land on top of the 1" tube making the actual gate frame. Well two big problems there: a) the top side of the 90 was too short to reach the frame, b) the tailgate ain't flat in any direction, so it needed to be curved like the bed rails and the 90* angle doesn't work once it's laid up against the hatch.

The first step was to open up the bend so when laid at the angle of the tail gate the top edge would end up flat. It sounds easy but a 4' section of press bent 14 gauge steel doesn't respond easily to the basic hand tools we're working with here. We beat the living **** out of the thing which did nothing but make our ears ring, then ended up getting it glowing hot with a torch and smacking the bend face down. This got it moving but we started cupping the flats and turning the thing into a pretzel. I gotta admit I had pretty much given up on it but Senior was stubborn on it and after a lot of heat-beat-repeat we had gotten it in the neighborhood. Keep in mind this is using a plumber's torch, a dead blow, ball peen, a 2x6 and a concrete floor. Jesse James Monster Garage we are not...

Getting the curve in was at least straightforward, just made a bunch of cuts so it was all wobbly and took the shape.







As you can see it's still short of the frame so needs to be extended. It also sits too far inward of the rest of the hatch when sitting up in the window channel. Remember all the blabbing about maintaining the 'step' body line from the quarter panel to bed rail? Trying to do the same thing here. In order to space it out we cut some strips of steel and stacked them to get the step we wanted then welded them all together and to the piece. Then used some scrap to extend the top, flat portion of the rail.







Notice something off with my driver's side bed rail?



We didn't at first, then as we were working on this I realized somehow when we were working our way down it welding we got a twist in it which was really noticeable. This was not gonna work for me. I ended up making a big slit up the inside of the rail so we could pull the top section up to the right angle, add spacer and weld back in place. Voila, all fixed!





Ok cool, piece is made! Time to install it permanently. You can see we were just using some through bolts to hold the rail onto the top of the hatch frame while we worked. We needed to turn these into studs.

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drop a bolt in


a quick zap


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For the final installation I used a liberal dose of 3M 08115 Panel Bonding Adhesive and two became one.





Now we can mount the facade to the steel frame permanently, then tied the top of the rail into the frame, bend and cap off the back of the bed rails, etc.

One more tail gate related thing in the works too. For now, pics provided without explanation .

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Old 09-06-2017, 12:02 AM   #109
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I've always wanted to build a crew cab 240 pick up. Thanks for showing me I should never even start.
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Old 09-06-2017, 12:18 PM   #110
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I've always wanted to build a crew cab 240 pick up. Thanks for showing me I should never even start.
Well, if I didn't want an actual tailgate it'd be easier. If I didn't think having the hatch open the back of the cab was so cool that'd also be easier. The Swedes just slap some square tube around the back box it in with flat sheet and go. I guess that get's you the 'traktor' but doesn't do much in the way of real utility. It's definitely turned into a lot of work (don't they all) but we're still having fun with it. Neither of us has done anything like this in terms of metal work, fab, welding etc so it's been cool to learn as we go.

The 240 chops always look goofy for some reason. Something about the proportions doesn't work as well as the 7/9 in ute form for my eye. Too narrow? idk

A few posts back I was talking about potential colors and was talking about non-metallic greys. Now I'm noticing it's like the hot new color! Besides the Hyundai Matt posted I saw it on a Mustang GT350 and it's a new color on the Corvettes as well.
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Old 09-06-2017, 01:46 PM   #111
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Chrysler also has a version available on Chargers - Saw an R/T in that color this weekend. Jonesin' to do a beige/gray combo - but you have to get the shades right.
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Old 09-06-2017, 04:13 PM   #112
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Man I generally don't like pickup conversions but mainly because they're poorly executed most of time but this is some craftsmanship! I love the way you raised the sides, makes it look like it's supposed to.
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:09 PM   #113
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I like this alot. it's like 10x more serious then any a-tractor thingy here. Keep up the good work
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:40 PM   #114
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Yessssssss.
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:30 PM   #115
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I like this alot. it's like 10x more serious then any a-tractor thingy here. Keep up the good work
1 Swedish compliment equals 1.5 US compliment So thank you!

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Old 09-07-2017, 02:46 PM   #116
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Compliment maybe?
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:07 PM   #117
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Compliment maybe?
yeah, that's what I said
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:37 PM   #118
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In that case, this comment fills your complement of compliments.
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Old 09-07-2017, 10:53 PM   #119
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In that case, this comment fills your complement of compliments.
Why you silver tongued devil!

OP - I just found your 9 series truck build a couple days ago..... great work and fabrication. YOU might launch a whole new breed of 9 series Turbobrick with this baby..... I'll follow your progress.
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:28 PM   #120
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Nice progress. I actually really like it a lot. You also have one of the best selling cars of all time in the US I see.
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:18 AM   #121
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We're now ready for the explanation on the 'tail gate related thing' pics above, please sir.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:21 PM   #122
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Looking nice. Out of curiosity, have you planned vents for air cirkulation in the cab? Just thought about it when I saw the original ones in the back.
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I thought those were pressure reliefs for smashing the trunk.
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Old 09-08-2017, 04:41 PM   #124
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Nice progress. I actually really like it a lot. You also have one of the best selling cars of all time in the US I see.
haha I really had to think about that one!

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We're now ready for the explanation on the 'tail gate related thing' pics above, please sir.
I gotta get it near the car so I can SHOW you guys. I did pick it up yesterday, it's damn heavy! Made out of 2" steel stock - I think we're going to have to add some speed holes. I'll say it's specific to having to move the bike around and our extend-o gate.

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Just windows and retaining the flip up function of the sunroof. Might vent itself through the hatch at the back of the cab depending on how good we are at getting it to seal
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Nice progress. I actually really like it a lot. You also have one of the best selling cars of all time in the US I see.
took me a while to figure that one out, it is the best selling car in the US, not one of the best.
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My granddaughter loves going for a spin in it!
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