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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #375 on: November 04, 2017, 08:35:52 AM »
Vile I didn't use a heat gun but instead I used a combination of blunted metal and wood blocks and a small (think tack) hammer. The piece was worked on bath towels to give it a soft work surface. And then I applied the "less is more" technique. It's easier to tap a little at a time and observe the progress than it is to try to untap a lot. Hehe.

The only evidence of the damage is some slight burnishing of the brushed finish in the area of the damage. The burnishing is more likely a result of the original damage and not the repair. Just the same I can live with the outcome.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #376 on: November 04, 2017, 08:58:24 PM »
Okay so not far off from what I did. I used a fender cover, 1x3, heat gun and a very small ball peen hammer to destress the metal. It came out good but the whole piece needs to be finished before I call it done. Not mint but huge improvement. I can't believe no one reproduces such a simple part.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #377 on: November 04, 2017, 09:12:52 PM »
Yeah I don't know why there isn't a replacement.......considering the square body is so popular.

I don't have the knowledge to do it myself but I have seen guys who restore WWII airplanes make contoured parts similar to the tailgate band. I believe I have seen mahogany or similar hard wood that the metal parts are formed over.

A replacement tailgate band could be made without the emblem holes. Templates could be sent with the replacement part so you could drill for the Chevrolet emblem on the right hand side of the truck or the left hand for GMC.
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #378 on: November 04, 2017, 09:20:14 PM »
and no licensing required.... hmmm... lol
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #379 on: November 12, 2017, 05:29:24 PM »
I'm really surprised nobody makes a replacement tailgate band, especially a blank one for the licensing reasons like you said. A certain companies catalogue shows a blue C10 in it with a tailgate band that has no logo on it, yet they do not sell it.

I had to 'refinish' mine recently due to some deep scratches. I basically used coarse scotch brite 2" pads on my electric drill to grind out the scratches and then used 100 grit on my palm jitterbug sander to make a consistent finish. It actually turned out pretty decent (in my opinion). Doesn't have the stock 'sheen' to it but I could probably improve that with finer grits.

Excellent work on that band Engineer, as well as the rest of the truck!!
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Re: My '77 K-30/V3500 Monster Truck Build
« Reply #380 on: November 14, 2017, 09:30:34 AM »
Nice work !


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