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My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project ~ #476804 Sun Nov 30 2008 02:37 PM
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Austin64 Offline OP
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I just got my truck a couple of weeks ago and I have begun the task, no the pleasure, of rebuilding it to what I can. I have been scouring Craigslist here in Texas to find a 64-66 truck and when this one popped up, it said for sale or trade. I had a 1985 Pontiac Fiero that was a fun car but lately I had the yearning for having an old truck, so I emailed the man who owned the truck and he said he would be interested, so I ended up with the truck. I could see the bit of damage that rust had done, but of coarse I guess you never really are able to tell until you start really poking around on the body. After seeing the damage that was along the drip rails I almost decided to look for another cab, but then I thought that even if I found one and the top was in good shape there might be rust lurking under the roof skin where you couldn`t see, and with the skin off my current cab I can get rid of the rust all on the top and treat the metal. Plus, my cab is a big back window and the rest of it including the rockers seems to be solid. I am determined to make this cab the best I can. Well, here are some pictures of what I`m working with.
http://www.picturehosting.com/images/AUSTIN64/img1516.jpg
http://www.picturehosting.com/images/AUSTIN64/img1517.jpg
http://www.picturehosting.com/images/AUSTIN64/img1518.jpg
http://www.picturehosting.com/images/AUSTIN64/img1524.jpg
http://www.picturehosting.com/images/AUSTIN64/img1519.jpg

Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: Austin64] #476848 Sun Nov 30 2008 04:55 PM
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Bears63 Offline
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That is a nice truck you got, even with the skin off the roof. I've seen many that were rusted out up top like that. Be sure to take pics as you go along with the roof. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Have fun with it and good luck on your project.


Mike "Bear" Shea
1963 Chevy C20 Stepside
1963 Chevy C10 Fleetside
1978 Chevy K30 Custom Deluxe
Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: Bears63] #477007 Mon Dec 01 2008 01:17 AM
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Austin64: hey, thats minor compared to some I've seen....even looks better than my panel!!
That is gonna make one nice ride. Keep us posted.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: Achipmunk] #477063 Mon Dec 01 2008 03:03 AM
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Austin64 Offline OP
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Thanks, guys.
I have done some bodywork before, but mainly fiberglass and filler, so this metal forming and mig welding will be new to me.
I want to use as little filler as possible.
One thing that`s great about these trucks is you can get almost everything you might need from either Brothers or LMC truck parts. The only thing I have to try to avoid is using replacement parts instead of cleaning up old parts to reuse.
They make it too easy to use bright and shiny new parts. smile

Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: Austin64] #477580 Tue Dec 02 2008 12:45 PM
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That is a nice looking truck, here in Ky, they seem to start rusting at the top and bottom then meet in the middle LOL. Good luck with it. Atleast these old truck are all metal and ya have something to weld!

Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: still lookin'] #477585 Tue Dec 02 2008 01:43 PM
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Austin64 Offline OP
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Thanks Rob, fortunately as far as I can tell the rockers and the rest of the cab on mine are in pretty good shape. Now, I just have to get someplace to work on the truck because I don`t have a garage. I`m going to buy one of those portable garages because our weather is usually pretty mild here in Texas.

Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: Austin64] #480061 Tue Dec 09 2008 12:42 AM
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k10 Offline
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Metalman has made a repair panel for the area over the windshield. Give Ray a shout if you want @
wheelwrightrest@attbi.com

Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: k10] #480095 Tue Dec 09 2008 02:04 AM
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Austin64 Offline OP
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Thanks, K10 I will do that.
Mike

Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: Austin64] #488147 Wed Dec 31 2008 04:01 AM
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Re: My 1964 Big Window Fleetside project [Re: Austin64] #488710 Thu Jan 01 2009 04:20 PM
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Looks like your well on your way to "make it happen". Good luck and happy new year.


1937 Chevy Pickup
1952 Chevy Panel
Pictures in my Photobucket
1950 Chevy Coupe

52 Chevy Panel

I'd rather walk and carry a Chevy hub cap than ride in a Ferd.
I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you smile
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