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    how much did you decide to chop the turret height? IIRC trucks like that are often cut 5''

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    i went 3 inches, i think it looks "as it should" without looking really chopped, whent hey are on a big chassis with big wheels and big clearances everywhere they look fine, but on a low chassis witht he panels very close to the ground the stock roof starts looking very very high

    the front steel on this truck is large and tall and it would look a bit freaking with a huge chop imo.... This was also a reasonable compromise between visibility out the back and being able to see the front form the drivers seat... I still cant see the front left corner but i think i would need my head through the roof to do that lol

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    Excellent project there.

    It will definately make an interesting daily driver. How does the HQ track fit with the width of the front panels? in that front on pic it looks realy wide. The roof chop looks awesome too, makes it look tough as. What are your plans for the front and side glass?

    Cheers, Al.

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    think you might be right 3'' prob won't look as tho it's chopped ,very subtle.

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    ugh roof warping is killing me, i welded it up slowly with minimal heat, still warped heaps... now trying to beat it so minimal filler is needed, but its oilcanning and generally being a prick!

    anyway... Al510 the front is significantly wider then the HQ, i currently run 15X8s on my tonner which scrub pretty badly on the guards. I think they will fit alright in the inter, i still think there might be a couple of inches between wheel and guard though, i will just see how it looks

    Glass wise i have to get it all re cut for engineering as it has to be safety glass all around. thankfully its all flat glass so shouldn't be -too- much trouble, i might cut templates from plywood or perspex and take it to the glass man. Im going to get rid of the 1/4 windows on the doors too, so will have to work out new mechanisms

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    the fun has just begun

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    roof done!





    looks good from top, crap underneath roof lining will sort that... i was really dreading doing that, so very glad its done

    bought a dana 70 dually from an f350, should look mean under the bum 8)

    Decided i better chop the doors before i do the rest of the bodywork on the cab... so i tried to get the hinges out so i could repair them, had to drill half of the bolts holding them in, rusted solid! Hinge pins were all rusted and turning in the housing so i will have to fix all of them.... I retapped the nuts on the body for the door hinges, somehow snapped a tap in the last one :cry: ... So i had to get in behind it to fix it. This led me to starting the rust repairs on the A panels. After cutting the outer skin the inner one was predictably average.

    Not sure how to fix this as i cant get in the back, i spose i need to cut as much out of the A panel as i need to to fix it.





    Any tips?

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    another busy day! working hard on the passenger door, chopping the roof and trying to work out how i can get the burst proof lock in and still have a window channel!







    Looks hot! 8) getting good at this lol

    I was never going to get the lock mechanism in withing coming out a bit, luckily there is tonnes of room between the cab and door.











    The next problem is the latch/striker plate thingo wont go in far enough and the door is 5mm too far out when closed. Its the U shape type not the single pin sadly, i reckon an engineer would have problems if i mix and match so i will look at recessing a section of the cab

    I think i better start talking to an engineer!! Recommendations? this new scheme seems to have thrown things up in the air

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    Quote Originally Posted by gareth12 View Post
    I think i better start talking to an engineer!! Recommendations? this new scheme seems to have thrown things up in the air
    Cool build budd! Love the old pick up rods!
    Not sure what the go is where you are but one of my mates is building a '41 Chev pick up rat rod here in Tas and he joined a local hot rod club that has an engineer come every couple of months and answer questions as well as doing inspections. might be something to look at?.
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    so sweet, got thought of the old ford flat head truck got sitting on a farm i know of, so done this sort of roof chop stuff before?

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    Thanks guys, nah this is my first roof chop, before this only really done some rust repairs, no welding training, no mechanical training... Im a social worker lol. Ozrodders forum and the net in general has been a great help pointing me in the right direction. My biggest lesson is MIG's warp panels nomatter how slow you go!

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    did the body side of the LH lock, just need to grind it all now, i should do it as i go, at this rate ill have a solid weekend of grinding weld ahead of me heh...














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    The reason you're warping panels is because you're putting waaaay too much filler metal into the welds. Turn the amps down and reduce wire feed speed. It's only 1mm metal at most, penetration won't be an issue. And weld small sections at a time, then move somewhere else. You can see you're welding far too hot as some of the weld beads have bubbled.
    Grab some scrap sheet metal, butt it together and play with just how low you can go in amps and still get a great weld.

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    The roof profile looks really good.
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