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Glad to hear she's got a name! I like it. I added it to the titles here and your signature line. wink

When you were taking care of some of those *other* problems, you at least had plenty of time to soak down some bolts. grin

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KevinS Offline OP
A friend stopped by today to help get the rear fenders off. I had prepared by cutting slots in all the carriage bolts for a large screwdriver. The drivers side had a bit of rust which will require a new fender flange for most the fender. Will need to patch the bed side as well. Passenger side looked good.

I pulled the gas tank earlier in the day. The strap bolts snapped off like dry twigs. Will likely drill out the screws and retap the capture nuts.

Started removing the firewall sound proofing. Nasty stuff tarred to the floor pan. This will be one of those jobs to work on when i have nothing else to do. 30 minutes of scraping is enough to lose motivation.

I managed to remove the tail lights and brackets as well.

Been a pretty busy day.

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Slots in carriage bolts for a screwdriver
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Gas tank is out. No treasure
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Gas tank looks good.
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Floor under tank seems intact.
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Drivers side rear fender bed attachment not so great
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Passenger side attachment point is clean
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Tail lights and brackets

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You've got a lot done in just one month. At this rate your 3 year time estimate will be cut in half, at least.

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KevinS Offline OP
Since I’m still waiting for tractor front end parts to arrive, i spent some quality time with Stella. With some reassurance from the body and paint forum, i decided to use the tools i had to remove a few bedside to crossbrace welds. My cheapo dremmel has been a real friend helping to remove at least 90 some bolts from the bed wood, steps and fenders. I used my last cutting wheel to remove two welds that held the back of the bed together. Its bout ready to lift off for final disassembly. I think I’ll invest in a more powerful dremmel and a hadfull of new cutting discs. Its slow but very precise and makes little to no mess.

After the bed is off, my next target is the skanky farmyard style trailer hitch. Its gotta go. Stella’s years of hard work are over, so she won’t need it.

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My cheapo dremmel
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Drivers side weld cut
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Passenger side weld cut
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Farm style trailer hitch has gotta go

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