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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:28 pm 
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Cab frame is starting to come together.....assembled the two door frames


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Test fitting the glass before I get to far...fit perfectly I was very happy


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I used contact cement to glue the felt on the outside of door frame where it would contact the metal doorskin. The original used felt that was stapled but I was afraid a staple would work loose and squeak against the skin as time went on.


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The door skin presented its own issues but after some effort it slid into place. The other door should go easier.


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The skin was attached with nails so I picked up some ribbed nails that would grip but had to predrill holes or they would bend going into the hardwood.


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Test fitting door frame . Everything seems to be lining up . I assembled the frame from the bottom to the back of cab framework ,then the roof to front corner posts. The bottom of corner posts are not yet fastened so I can get the proper fit for the doors in their opening.


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I need to wait for warmer weather so I can sandblast the other door skin and the rest of body panels. There is some rust that I had new panels made to replace sections with.


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I really wanted these panels welded in ,but I can not find anyone willing to weld them. They and I ,are concerned with distortion. Even tig welders will not attempt it. The body shops in my area have all suggested glue. I was opposed to that idea as I am sort of old school with things like that but they use a special epoxy to attach body panels all the time. I have read that even new car manufacturers use this method to attach new panels on the assembly line. Has anyone ever used this method ? The high end provost motorhome use an epoxy to attach polished stainless siding on some of their units and it seems to hold. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.


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Hi Jim...

Wow, that is some great progress!!! Thanks for taking the time to post your pictures, I really enjoy watching your progress...

Have you worked on your quarter windows yet?

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Thanks for the kind comments,progress has been slow. I have not done anything with the actual corner windows ,just starting to replace the rusted sections that surround them. The frames I have are rusted a little but salvageable,and I hope to get them replaced.

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Jim - I have had some experience using the various 3M products for panel bonding. Modern Freightliner trucks are skinned using this method and the fleet I helped maintain needed repairs occasionally. . When the panel and parent metal are prepped as required, the chemical bond created is stronger than the metal itself. If you try to undo the bond you will destroy the panel. Don't be afraid to use the new products out there. Adhesives are not what they used to be.


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Huskiedrive2 wrote:
Jim - I have had some experience using the various 3M products for panel bonding. Modern Freightliner trucks are skinned using this method and the fleet I helped maintain needed repairs occasionally. . When the panel and parent metal are prepped as required, the chemical bond created is stronger than the metal itself. If you try to undo the bond you will destroy the panel. Don't be afraid to use the new products out there. Adhesives are not what they used to be.


The 3m brand is the one that I was thinking of using. Local body shops have all given me positive feedback on its use. I'll post some pics of the process when I do it hopefully I'll get it right the first time. Lol. Thanks for the imput it's always greatly appreciated.

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The key to success is in the surface preparation. Make sure to follow all the mfg's recommendations and use all the related products as directed.


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