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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:17 AM   #1
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most have seen this on the gotmud site but for those who havent

i purchased an 88 p/u a while ago and am finaly getting around to building it my way. heres a brief over view

88 chevy pickup shortbed
350 tbi, 350 trans, 208 tcase, d44 front axle 14 bolt ff rear axle
35 inch tall bfg m/t's

plans included a flat bed(done), 203/205 doubler, 3/4 tons(1/2 done) boatsides(in the process) and custom dash.

on to the pictures, the buildup has taken many months and will take many more.

here is how we began

it had a busted ass trans and tcase(tcase mounting holes were broke off on the trans), d44 front and 12bolt rear
the flat bed




afew of the mounts and the base welded up
passanger side rear

passanger side front



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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:19 AM   #2
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the deck





the main part of the "roll bar".

it will go up here


wood fitted


drilling the holes

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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:21 AM   #3
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got the rear window protection welded up


trying to figure out what to do on the sides


desided to just weld on some d-rings, easier and lighter


finishing up all the welds



flat bed is done for the most part. just have to mount the toolbox and the fuel cell when i get it.




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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:25 AM   #4
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got a battery box made up (not done but enough for now, see topis in garage for a short little how to) and am starting on some boatsides.







drivers side stock


pass side modded


fast forward a few months

passanger side-


some picture of the p00 p00 outside welds, i got the others to look better but this side was a chore. hold fine though


drivers side tacked on
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 11:27 AM   #5
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here is were we are today


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Old January 22nd, 2008, 03:48 PM   #6
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got some more done to the passanger side today. cant decide if i want to cover the body mounts or go around them, i made some quick pieces to see if i would like the look of going around them. here are the pics



front, trying to fill in as much as i can. i over cut on this side since i had different plans.


rear, just trying something different and again, trying to fill in some space
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 08:06 PM   #7
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Did you just weld the box tube to the body and run no supports? From the pics that is what it looks like. If this is true I don't believe that it will be strong enough once you lay the truck on a rock!

Here are a couple older pics of mine. 2x2-3/16 wall box and 2x4-3/16 rectangle for the tops. Plated with 3/16" should not bend under load!









I also saw what Ape did on pirate with using angle. I haven't quite got around to making any mounts for my body. But the body is welded the width of body to that back piece of 2x5, as well as where it goes through the side. It is plenty strong enough considering there is not much left to it at all. In the end I will probably make a quick couple mount for the front out of angle tho.
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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THOSE PICTURES. ive been tossing and turning all night trying to figure out a better way. i was just affraid that if i ran steel from the frame to the rocker and cut the body mounts it wouldnt be enough. you pictures just helped make up my mind. everything in the last few posts of the boatside is more of a mockup the anything. time to go cut some shit. did you notice any adverse effects after cutting you body mounts and adding the tube to support the cab?
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you wouldnt happen to have any pictures of it skinned would you?
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How are you planning on washing the mud out of that area?
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Its not actually skinned yet. I have it all cut out but I am waiting to tack it on until I dont have to crawl around in there anymore. The back is pretty simple tho, as it just gets welded to the last tube in line and then stops as that is the back of the cab and frame. However the front will be a couple pieces going up towards the firewall and tying into it. This will be more complicated and I have not tackled that yet as I am setting up my front axle. The front of the boatsides will depend on the location of the tires during flex so that is another reason it is not skinned yet as well.

As far as rigidity of the cab, I have seen no adverse affects of it. The back is more solid as it is welded the whole back the width of the cab so it is supported in more places than the two factory mounts. Then the front is also welded by the door hinges and what not. Most of my floor is gone due to either rust or the boatsides so there isnt much cab left anyway. The floor will be skinned again but, to answer your question no I have not seen any bad sides to it.
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this is going to be a bad ass truck man keep us up to date
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heres what i came up with today, everything is still just tacked together.


strangler- im going to leave a slight gap at the base for water and small shit to run out of. i might grind a few spots to allow the larger stuff to escape. hopefully it will be sealed pretty good front and rear, with the only spots for stuff to enter being between the cab and frame and the small gap at the base of the plate

slvr98svt-thanks

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ok, i totally redid it again. i cut the old rocker off and replaced it with one 2 inches longer in the rear. i also learned a very valuable leason. that is, dont fully weld something untill you are 100% sure of its placement. im going to work around the front mount as i dont see it being in the way to much, i might trim it alittle but im not sure. the rear im still undecided but i added a 4th tube (extra round tube, unsure of measurements but its thick) to help support the rear of the cab and give a place to tie in a roll cage in the future. still not sure what to do about the rear mount yet though.
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pass side front mocked up, itll prolly stay like this.


pass side rear mocked up, im going to rework the tube alittleand hopefully skin it tommorrow if i can figure that damned rear mount out lol, the rust isnt as bad as it looks, most of it wiped right off when i touched it


and a very dark side view
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Hey any progress made on this... I have a 92' and I'm thinking of doing the same thing and would like to see how you ended up tying everything together....
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