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Old 08-20-2018, 11:14 AM
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Default Killer, off to the body shop

well I decided to send Killer off to the body shop.


its been 3 months or so and (*^(*^(^& of money, but you only live once right.






































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Old 08-20-2018, 11:21 AM
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Default shaved tailgate hinges

looking to delete the tailgate hinges, only seen 1 picture of this done on the Overhaulin Surfer Kid 77 build but they don't show or talk about doing it. doing all this work I might as well make it look symmetrical













thinking about using some sort of hatch back hinge like this





any thoughts on how to get this done properly would be appreciated
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:54 PM
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Default Shaved tailgate handle

I modified the factory tailgate handle to be on the inside. works perfect.


























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Old 08-22-2018, 04:21 PM
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Nicely done. You have good fabrication skills.


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Old 08-22-2018, 06:02 PM
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Can't wait to see it done. Oughta look great.


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Killer looks to have some sort of growth issue coming out of the hood wearing a poncho. What color will she be when she returns? looks like some good body work.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:12 AM
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Doing a great job. I like the touches you are adding.
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Thanks everyone, I'm trying my hardest to devise a plan to eliminate the tailgate hinges stay tuned.
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Sweeeeeeeet!
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Default delete tailgate hinges (hidden)

so I have completed the tailgate hinge issue using the factory parts.





really wasn't to difficult had it done in about 5 hours still little things to do





with tailgate closed, I marked on the bracket where I would re drill a new hole, then I removed the tailgate and closed the bracket drilled the holes and cut of the excess metal picture shows a bolt 1/4" in the bracket for mach up, I will use a 1/4 by 1-1/8 SS pin with a cotter when done.














this lip had to be removed to allow the tailgate to swing down. I may just French the piece back in or just a flat piece of steel to shore it up.





this lower lip had to be beat down,( good old hammer) until the bottom of the tailgate would clear with adequate clearance 1/16" you can see how it needed to curve down.











more grinding will need to be done to the bracket, to allow a piece of metal to fill the tailgate holes. and I will need to make or modify the tailgate cables (needs to be shorter now)


but it was a perfect solution.

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Very creative....Nice work!
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That's great work Josh. Looking good.
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Thanks everyone, I believe the color we are going for is the 2015 shark metallic gray, corvette color, as long as the spray out looks good.

Ken a Hot Rod calendar would be cool, I'll be ready for that next year.
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