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Thread: Marten's '53 build

  1. #31
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    I want to be comfortable driving the truck so early on after talking to a bunch of people, A/C seems to be the way to go. I needed a dash extension to house everything and hide the under dash stuff. Bought a fiberglass one but it did not fit. Several phone calls to the supplier and they gave me back my money. So started with this.
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    Had some metal bent up.
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    The ends of the dash are rounded and was not sure how to handle that so I started cutting.
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    Had a guy suggest a better way so cut that out and redid it with one piece of metal and welded it all together.
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    And then there was this in the way. Holds up my column. The joys of not knowing enough some times.
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    Building my dream one piece at a time.

  2. #32
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    After much thinking, planning,lol and more I came up with this.
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    In the truck
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    Final look. Super happy with the way it turned out. I will some day cut in the A/C vents and controls, once I have them.
    Going with A/C I would no longer need this cowl vent. Some say it will leak, others not but not needed and I like the look of clean simple lines so it has to go.
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    After much work and a couple of attempts to make some thing that is close to the body lines I think I got it. You don't get to see all the stuff I tried, only the good stuff, lol. This was tricky as it had to be curved on the front and well as arched on the top.
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    Finished ready for primer.
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    When welding you need to be slooooow. A little tack, move a couple of inches, tack, move, tack......some hammer and dolly work, some grinding, etc. Then go back half way and do the same thing. Make sure you metal is cold to the touch to minimize heat distortion.
    Building my dream one piece at a time.

  3. #33
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    Opps final look of dash extension in the truck. I really need an admin person.
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    Building my dream one piece at a time.

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