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Rust opinions

Discussion in 'Paint and Body' started by eskimomann209, Jan 12, 2019.

Cab decisions

This poll will close on Jan 26, 2019 at 7:06 PM.
  1. Look for a better cab

    7 vote(s)
    77.8%
  2. Sand and float bubbles

    2 vote(s)
    22.2%
  3. Cut and weld new metal everywhere

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. legopnuematic

    legopnuematic Full Access Member

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    It really is all about how much you want to put into it. The cab to my 79 is one that most would have sent to the scrap heap, I have/have to patch things everywhere and a lot in the places that nobody makes patches for, like the firewall. For me however I would rather fix the rusty cab and save having another square being decommissioned and its cab taken for another truck. This cab is the cab that the truck was born with, if I put a cab from an 83 on it would it really be a 79 anymore? To me it wouldn't be. Its history of being a sheet metal company's work truck and its abandonment behind a machine shop for over two decades would be lost with a different cab. To others that just want a truck and don't care the history of it, that might be just fine, I personally like knowing the history of it and trying to keep that history. You could get screwed too with a replacement cab if it had previous body work done to it that might be hiding lots of ugly stuff underneath, putting you back to square one.
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  2. eskimomann209

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    That too, makes sense.
    I had originally planned on cutting the roof off another truck including the a pillars.

    What gauge is everyone using?
     
  3. legopnuematic

    legopnuematic Full Access Member

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    If you are talking gauge of metal, then 18 gauge cold rolled is the standard for making replacement panels
     
  4. eskimomann209

    eskimomann209 Member

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    Sweet thanks

    Thinking about looking for something like this
    It’ll help out with a good chunk of my problems

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  5. Rusty Nail

    Rusty Nail Build the wall - deport them all!

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    It don't look terrible to me but i'm easy. I'd fix it if I was in love with it..if it needs replacing later you will at least buy PLENTY time to find another cab while you keep driving it without spending too much time and money!

    Voted sand and float.
     
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  6. DanMcG

    DanMcG Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    How was the roof panel done? Welded? Glued?
    I'd take a grinder to some of the heavily bubbled areas and see how bad it is. I'd consider a new cab if it all rusted through.
     
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  7. eskimomann209

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    Truck has sentimental value indeed
    And I am driving it! Seems like a decent idea if I get enough good Steel.
    I’ll sand n post some updates

    Looks tacked but never fully seamed
    Then bondo’d over .
    The sheet looks galvanized and the area around it the original roof is pitted pretty good
     
  8. eskimomann209

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    Hey is the metal dash section in the cab removable ?
     
  9. bucket

    bucket Super Moderator Staff Member

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    A bolt on each lower corner and a series of spot welds along the lower windshield opening.
     
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    Go with a donor cab. There’s a lot of rust and I can almost guarantee you that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. If it was just rockers and floor pans I would say repair but the roof, cowl and pillars are rusting so I just see a can of worms as you start opening it up.
     
  11. eskimomann209

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    Well... peeled some stuff back
    Turns out they installed the patch panel from underneath and tacked outside
    So it created a track that lead the water inside as well as outside
    One pinhole in the cowl and one corner of the window

    But since it’s being attacked from the inside and outside
    It looks like a new cab
    Also significant bubbling between the cab and bed because water sat in the back behind the seat
    So it would take an entire cab to try and save this one...
    seems like a decent donor is my best option
    Thanks guys
     
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  12. eskimomann209

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    :(

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  13. eskimomann209

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    So a list of Damage
    Floor
    Rockers
    Back wall
    Lower windshield track
    Lower windshield corners
    A pillars
    B pillars
    Roof
    Inside and out

    New/ used cab it is
     
  14. Jrgunn5150

    Jrgunn5150 Questionable methods

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    Yeah, that thing is smoked, good luck on your search! I found mine on car-part.com
     
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    remind ya of anything LOL.

    with that said, find another roof and repair the rest, IS an option, BUT by all means IF you can travel, find a better cab, afford it, haul it home, AND get it right with the DMV, DO IT!!!!!!!!!
     

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