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Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
#1376970 Mon Sep 14 2020 02:34 AM
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Hey Bolters!

I have some (okay, a fair bit) of repair to do around the top of the windshield (where the gasket would sit, and the front edge of the roof). Should I do a repo roof, and cut out the section I need? Get it done by a body shop? Try and make a panel? I'm looking to get the truck back on the road, and eventually it will get all the holes filled, and fresh paint.

I took the windshield out in order to repair the roof support behind the windshield, but had a bit more of a surprise than I expected.

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1950 Chevrolet Model 1314
Re: Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
Trevor J #1376974 Mon Sep 14 2020 03:13 AM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Start with trying to bend your own patch. On the straight parts of the windshield, it's not hard. Just cut out only what you need to cut out.

Re: Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
Trevor J #1376985 Mon Sep 14 2020 06:57 AM
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Doesn't look that bad. Of course you may find worse when you start cutting. I'd try a DIY patch.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
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Re: Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
Trevor J #1377076 Tue Sep 15 2020 12:48 AM
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Thanks for the help.
There are a few pinholes near the point of the roof. So I think klhansen you are right I will likely run into some more, but I'll try the diy patch.


1950 Chevrolet Model 1314
Re: Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
Trevor J #1377799 Sun Sep 20 2020 09:47 PM
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Started at the repair last night. I don't think it will be too bad. Mouse pee really is the worst...

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Re: Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
Trevor J #1377821 Mon Sep 21 2020 12:08 AM
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I was wondering how that area got that rusty. Vermin!

Re: Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
Trevor J #1377850 Mon Sep 21 2020 02:25 AM
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I think you can buy the interior part. I would consider doing that since it's now in two pieces. It would be easier to keep things aligned that way.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
Trevor J #1377921 Mon Sep 21 2020 07:42 PM
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Agreed. I already have the inner part. It was basically in two pieces before I started hacking away at it. Drivers side seems solid, so I will patch from there over. Then hopefully I can use the patch, and the remnants of the windshield "seat" to rebuild the rest of it. At least, that's the plan. The original plan, was "just" to take the windows out so I could replace the inner panel, and reattach the divider in the middle of the windows...


1950 Chevrolet Model 1314
Re: Repairing sheet metal around the top of the Windshield
Trevor J #1377933 Mon Sep 21 2020 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Trevor J
Agreed. I already have the inner part. It was basically in two pieces before I started hacking away at it. Drivers side seems solid, so I will patch from there over. Then hopefully I can use the patch, and the remnants of the windshield "seat" to rebuild the rest of it. At least, that's the plan. The original plan, was "just" to take the windows out so I could replace the inner panel, and reattach the divider in the middle of the windows...
LOL, Seems like "the original plan" always turns into "Plan B".


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's

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