66 Double Cab Restoration

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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:33 am

Needed a new separation panel, the one between the back of the cab and the bed. Mine was smashed from items being loaded in the bed and rusted away.
I could buy one so I made one in a 10 ton press. I made a form to stamp the metal to using strips of aluminum.

Made a test piece to make sure it made the shape correctly.
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The final male female forms.
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Made two halves and welded them together
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:42 am

Needed inner ribs for the rear rockers in the back right. Another part not available. So tried my hand at forming it with a wood form. It worked, but I could use a metal shrinker.
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It was installed inside these rockers. Then welded the new rocker in. Forgot to take pics as I went on this one.

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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:50 am

Next I had to fix extensive rust in the upper windshield posts and under the roof edge. Kind of a odd spot for rust. I strapped the posts initially cause I didn't know if they would sag once they were cut. Found nothing moved when I cut them.
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Sand Blasted the inside of the remaining roof sections. This is before welding the inside panels back in.
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Alot of work happen to get here, just too busy to take a bunch of pics

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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:15 am

Fitting a new front floor
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After removing all rusty sections:
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Removed the floor to remove rust on the structure underneath. I replaced the LH Dogleg at before putting the floor in
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Also replaced A pillars before the floor went in
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Next the side panel aft of the LH door
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:22 pm

The side of the truck doesn't look too bad in the pic, but its really wavy from heating it too much when it was installed. It looks like the truck was in an accident. The section replaced behind the door was repaired but had 3/4" of bondo to make it look right. Decided to just cut out the warped sections and redo it.
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New Gerson panel
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OF course, the two repair panels were not big enough to meet.
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Had to keep fitting the door, to make sure they end up in the right spot.
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Inner structure had to be refit too
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Working the door gap
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:30 pm

Next issue, the bus side section I used had a later model door latch. So that needs to be swapped out.
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At this stage it was time to take it off the rotisserie. And working on it while on jack stands was getting a little sketchy.
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Reinstalling a correct year beam. Had a bay bus beam in it before.
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Installing and cleaning up inside panels.
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:45 pm

So I had repaired one gate but have two more to take apart and fix. I was putting this job off cause it was a lot of work but the other two weren't as badly damaged as that first one.

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Checking the fit.
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It needed a little work to fit better, was too tight caused it to preload.
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 4:54 pm

Bug tranny back from the rebuild shop!
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One piece boots
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Instead of a straight axel kit, I narrowed my rear torsions 3" to fit standard bug short axels. And gives me more room for wide wheels later.
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Bug brake brackets were located in the wrong spot for my bus
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Guessing my ride height, but will probably have to adjust when it has the engine weight in the back later.
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Found wheels with tires to get it off the stands.
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:45 pm

Bottom of the cargo door skin removed.
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My new disk brake kit came in. Installed
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Had to find some temporary wheels and tires cause I changed the lug pattern to Ford 5 lug. And havn't found my new wheels yet. Got these for $50
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When I had the front floor out, I raised the steering box 1.3", didn't take any pics of that. But now the pedal levers hit the steering box. So had to modify them a little to make them operate properly.
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:57 pm

My nose repair parts came in. So I started cutting the nose apart. Used tape to make a nice straight line.
The outer skin, inner panel and bumper support are rotted away. So need to open it up to get at all the damage.
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Some of the things I found in the nose.
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Door hinge nut plates were toast, so made some new ones
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The nose panel didn't fit correct, may be a Double Cab thing. Sectioned my new panel to make it the same shape as the old one.
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:03 pm

Next I tackled the rot at the bottom of the front seat panel where it attached to the floor. Another part I can't buy so had to just make something.
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:17 pm

The right rear corner had some damage from an accident. After removing all the bondo found a crumple zone.
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Just working it with hammer and dolleys
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Needed some shrinking too.
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Battery tray inside needed to be removed
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Lower section was too deformed, got a bus repair section, but it doesn't fit very well. Needs to be reshaped to match the DC.
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Couldn't get this area flat enough, so cut it out.
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Didn't like this part either, still wasn't flat enough
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Lower corner needed a little work too, more rust
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:38 pm

This corner turned out to be a real pain in the butt
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Good time to fit a new battery tray
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Used metal off an old filing cabinet. lol
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Restore the fuel tank. Sand Blasted this, then used a tank sealer kit.
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Packed up the spindles to get flipped. This will lower the front 3.5"
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Got a new 2" narrowed CB Performance Beam. I need it 4" narrowed. This is an easy way to do it.
Made this tool to pull the bearings without damaging them.
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This goes in past the outer bearing, this is inserted to drive the inner bearing an inch in
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This is how it needs to be positioned on the inner bearing to drive it down
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Then drive the outer bearing in an inch
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Then cut the one inch boss off the outer edge of the beam
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Flipped spindles came in
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:39 pm

Removed the old beam
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Center pin installed
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Now the torsions need to be shortened 4" to fit the new beam
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Used the trailing arms to measure and mark the torsions for cutting
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Going in the car
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New suspension and lowered
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Re: 66 Double Cab Restoration

Post by heli-easy » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:54 pm

The drop gates have a lot of dings and stretched spots from years of cargo sliding around.
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Used a shrinker gun to flatten the gate panels
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Fitting the rear bumper
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Front bumper warped and filled holes
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Fitted to the car
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