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Username Post: 1968 Cab Removal Process??        (Topic#224702)
idoporsche 
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Loc: Martinez, CA
Reg: 12-25-06
08-27-09 10:14 PM - Post#1761773    

I have started restoring my 1968 short bed fleetside today. Pretty excited. I dropped off the bed at the sand blasting company today. I need to pull the cab off the frame for a full sandblasting also. What is the process? Your suggestions would be helpful. Thanks, Freddie

 
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JimKshortstep4x4 
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08-28-09 02:50 AM - Post#1761799    
    In response to idoporsche

If you strip the cab it will be easier to handle but it still weighs around 400 lbs. so we use a setup of two hoists for lifting it off of the frame. You can use four guys or there are other ways to lift it off.

Attached is a picture of my son's Burb body hanging on the hoists. After it is up in the air it is easy to load on a trailer.

Good luck with your project!

Jim

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08-28-09 07:07 AM - Post#1761897    
    In response to idoporsche

  • monito Said:
I have started restoring my 1968 shot bed fleetside today...



DANG Freddie. It migh be a 'shot bed' now, but you'll do the ol' girl some good.



Just take your time & some pictures as you go. SAFETY 1ST!

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JimKshortstep4x4 
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08-28-09 04:39 PM - Post#1762225    
    In response to Bad Bowtie

Bad Bowtie, You have a good eye!

I put a "r" in for him as we don't want him to have a "shot" bed. I was thinking that no one would notice, but you did!

Jim
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65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
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69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
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72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
idoporsche 
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Loc: Martinez, CA
Reg: 12-25-06
08-29-09 09:50 PM - Post#1762911    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

Here is the picture of my 68. As you can see, I have some metal work to do. So as not to get too ahead of the project, I will start with the bed and work my way towards the front. I have already installed the 350 ZZ4 and she really rumbles. Still, if someone could give me a few tips on the process for removing the cab. What need to be pulled off or out?


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JimKshortstep4x4 
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08-30-09 02:53 AM - Post#1762950    
    In response to idoporsche

Since the sand gets into everything it is a good idea to strip the cab. Remove the front clip, doors, dash, brake pedal, seat, steering column, etc..

After the cab is stripped remove the four cab mount bolts that hold the cab to the frame. The cab can then be lifted off of the frame.

It is a fair amount of work to do since it is quite an undertaking. I am not sure how much detail you are looking for so keep asking questions.

Jim
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69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
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Rickerwill 
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Reg: 08-01-04
09-04-09 07:22 PM - Post#1766596    
    In response to idoporsche

Some guys will make a hoist by attaching a couple lengths of angle iron or even 2x4's on edge that run under the roof and hook beneath the door opening. Then lift from a center cross bar with a cherry picker. Here are some suggestions on another Chevy-friendly forum:

http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/showthread.php?...

Be careful, because you surely don't want to tweak the roof or door jambs. Avoid lifting from the radius of the front curve in the opening, and don't let that boom slip through the windshield!
Rickerwill Sparks/Reno, NV '68 Chevelle SS clone with beefy 454!


 
idoporsche 
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Loc: Martinez, CA
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11-10-09 10:50 AM - Post#1803031    
    In response to Rickerwill

Finally removed the cab in order to work the rest of the frame and underside of the cab. I found lot's of rust. I have new parts to install. The bed is ready for paint. I blocked this bed 5 times to get it straight and ready for a show room finish. The undersdie of the bed got metal treatment and epoxy primer with three coats of urathane black. I'm getting very excited to see the final product. Thanks for sharing. Freddie





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JimKshortstep4x4 
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11-10-09 05:30 PM - Post#1803266    
    In response to idoporsche

Whoever did the sand blasting did a very nice job!

Looks like you are progressing nicely.

Jim
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69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
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idoporsche 
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Loc: Martinez, CA
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11-11-09 07:54 PM - Post#1804175    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

Jim, thanks. I got the cab media blasted at a local blasting company. It's actually down the street from where I live. I treated the entire cab with metal conditioner. Once I have added the bottom supports, I will spraying two coats of epoxy primer and three coats of underbody. These trucks really take a beating from the rust. Fortunately, the replacement parts are easy to get and not that expensive. I'm starting to think of color. Any suggestions are welcome. Freddie
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longhorn_man 
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11-12-09 08:33 AM - Post#1804447    
    In response to idoporsche

lol... you call that a lot of rust!
That's a $2500+ cab over here.
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idoporsche 
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Loc: Martinez, CA
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04-17-10 05:04 PM - Post#1900199    
    In response to longhorn_man

Finally able to get some color on my cab. What you see is three coats of sealer and three coats of Glasurit single stage Salsa Red. I will now be able to mount the cab back on the frame and work on getting all my gaps at 3/16. I will post more later. Cheers! Freddie

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JimKshortstep4x4 
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04-18-10 02:42 AM - Post#1900343    
    In response to idoporsche

Now that is red!

Jim
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65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
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71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
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idoporsche 
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Loc: Martinez, CA
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09-05-10 12:25 PM - Post#1971841    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

Finally got my cab back on the finished frame. I got the all the welding done and undercoated the bottome of cab. Now putting the panels back together for gap and panel adjustments. As you know these trucks have terrible gaps. This process will take me a little longer since I want a consistent gap of 3/16 all the way around the truck. Once I have all the proper fitting it's time to take that entire truck apart again for final painting. Here we go welding and bondo...


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1968 Chevy SB Fleetside


 
JimKshortstep4x4 
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09-05-10 06:01 PM - Post#1971999    
    In response to idoporsche

Looks like you are getting there!

Jim
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65 Impala SS, 400sbc, Muncie M-22
66 Impala SS, 396, TH 400
69 El Camino, 350, TH 350
71 Short bed stepside 4x4, 350/TH 350
71 Snow plow, 4x4, 350, TH 350
72 GMC Shortbed, stepside, 427/TH 400


 
chevy-truck 
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12-30-10 08:54 PM - Post#2024714    
    In response to idoporsche

How was your Cab Removal project? I plan to do my 67 short wheelbase summer of 2011.

 
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