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On final assembly of a retored truck
#1057990 Tue Sep 23 2014 03:33 AM
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I am asking members if upon final assembly of my truck. Would they put the front tin onto frame a piece at a time, or would they assemble the entire front clip on ground and put it onto truck as a entire assembly ?
Any info would help.
John


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Re: On final assembly of a retored truck
7998 #1058028 Tue Sep 23 2014 12:20 PM
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Initially, my thoughts were a piece at a time, but as I am doing fender body work now, both off, I found as per more experienced advice that removing the front clip is best and reassembly as a clip too. The guidelines are in the shop manual.

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Re: On final assembly of a retored truck
7998 #1058039 Tue Sep 23 2014 01:08 PM
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Assembly as a complete clip on many models is easier provided you have adequate help the day of installation. If you are a one man show, you may be forced to assemble one piece at a time. I have used shipping packing material temporarily taped to contact points to avoid scratching things up.

Re: On final assembly of a retored truck
7998 #1058172 Wed Sep 24 2014 02:12 AM
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What year truck?
How well do you trust your help to keep from gouging the new paint?

Re: On final assembly of a retored truck
52Carl #1059799 Thu Oct 02 2014 07:11 PM
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Its a 1950 5 window 3100.
My help would be working under the threat of bodily harm if things got scratched up. :)


1950 Chevrolet 1300 - Canadian Built
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Re: On final assembly of a retored truck
7998 #1060633 Mon Oct 06 2014 04:17 PM
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I did it piecemeal on my '52 basically in the following order (no help needed):

Radiator/core support
Inner fenders
Fenders
Bottom splash shield (or whatever it is called).
Grille
Radiator shroud
Hood.

Followed by lots of adjusting of mostly core support (shimming up) and hood hinges.

Re: On final assembly of a retored truck
7998 #1060682 Mon Oct 06 2014 08:37 PM
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I did it one piece at a time, but had no help. It wasn't too bad.

Re: On final assembly of a retored truck
7998 #1061432 Fri Oct 10 2014 12:12 PM
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I pretty much followed DavidF's order. The only really tough area I recall is the fender to inner fender to radiator frame.

I had an ample supply of those ...what do you call them? "Dog-tailed" bolts or screws. Or something like that. They're tapered. They really made the initial threading in a lot easier!


Dave
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