This past week I worked on the driver side door, seats and hood. We‚Äö?Ñ?¥ll start with the door‚Äö?Ñ¬?
The 5/16x24 phillips headed machine screws that are used for the door hinges are always a problem. They are usually rusted fast and the heads are easy to strip. We bought an ‚Äö?Ñ??impact‚Äö?Ñ?¥ screw driver that you hit with a hammer, and that usually does the trick. My Dad started to remove these screws and had all of them removed but one. When he turned his back, that last screw broke and the door came crashing down!!! Fortunately he did get hurt but the door did! (I like to remind him on occasion about how he dropped the door
Here was the end result of the crash‚Äö?Ñ¬?
So we decided to eye things up and see how we could remove the dent‚Äö?Ñ¬?
We figured the best way to remove the dent was with a dent puller (old school slide hammer‚Äö?Ñ¬?) Here‚Äö?Ñ?¥s Mike eyeing the door up‚Äö?Ñ¬?
After the dent was pulled, we flipped the door over to see how we could get at it with a hammer and dolly. The bottom section was pretty rusty ‚Äö?Ñ¬?
So I grabbed the 3 ¬¨?‚Äö?Ñ?? cutoff wheel and cut out as much as I could‚Äö?Ñ¬?
With both the slide hammer and then the hammer and dolly, Mike was able to straighten the dent right out. After Mike finished with the dolly work, I started to make a new section to replace it. I had to do this to both doors on my 155W, so having to do only one door on this truck was a treat‚Äö?Ñ¬?
I started with a piece of 16 gauge, traced the existing pattern on it, and then drilled the drain holes.
Here is the new piece tacked in place‚Äö?Ñ¬?
After some more welding and grinding, I was finally done‚Äö?Ñ¬?
We then moved on to the seats. There isn‚Äö?Ñ?¥t a lot of head room in these cabs so we decided to used Bostrom 905 seats with a low profile base. So we had to make some risers so that the seat wouldn‚Äö?Ñ?¥t have too much air in it to get the right ride height. After some measuring, we decided to go with 2‚Äö?Ñ??. I had some 2‚Äö?Ñ?? C channel left over so I cut out 4 pieces and drilled the mounting holes‚Äö?Ñ¬?
I bolted them to the driver side seat and then set it in place. Hopefully 2‚Äö?Ñ?? is the right dimension, but we may have to adjust after the steering column is back in, etc‚Äö?Ñ¬?
While I was working on the seat risers, my Dad started working on the hood.
The hood was in decent shape but there were a few issues with it. The mount that holds the ‚Äö?Ñ??lift support‚Äö?Ñ?¥ on the passenger section was broke, and some repaired it with a block of wood and a quick braze.
So I started to repair this section of hood but didn‚Äö?Ñ?¥t get too far‚Äö?Ñ¬? More on that later. So here is what we are working towards: When we picked up the cab at the sandblaster, he said he works all winter long as long as snow isn‚Äö?Ñ?¥t in the air. So I figured I better get another load of parts ready. I would like to finish all the sheet metal, so we need to finish the doors, hood and grill shell.
That‚Äö?Ñ?¥s it for now!