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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2008, 06:24:29 PM »
Got a little bit done today stripping it down.  Stil have to remove the windshield and rear window and the rest of the stuff in the doors.  I'll take the taillights and parking lights out after I drive it to the body shop.





Stripped and repainted trailer receiver:
« Last Edit: October 04, 2008, 10:38:48 PM by 78 Chevyrado »
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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2008, 07:45:09 PM »
Nice color.  It looks really close to what you have.

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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2008, 07:27:03 PM »
I've got the truck stripped of all the parts i'm going to remove.  Since the fender trim and scottsdale logo come off from the back i'll leave them and let the shop remove them and give them back to me to put on later.  I have everything out of the interior except the seats and belts and dome light.  Otherwise i'm ready to go this week.  I only found one rusty spot on the whole thing, it's a rusty spot about an inch square around the left windshield drain hole (Pic below) with a new crescent shaped hole around it.  When the windshield was installed some of the sealer plugged the hole completely, the right side hole looks great.




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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2008, 08:56:15 PM »
Man I'm sorry to see such a nice original truck like yours get damaged   due to somebody else's negligence. That's a real shame because your truck looked very cherry before that happened.

I've been watching this thread since you first posted it. It just made me sick to see a truck like yours make it so long without any rust or major damage ever being done to it until this. I can only imagine how you felt.

Looks like you got her pretty much stripped down and about ready for the final bodywork and new paint. Dang insurance companies never pay you what the actual damages are.

Be sure to keep updates on the progress and as many pictures as you can. I'm quite interested as to how well the Goodmark fender fits. I've heard they are the best on the market as far as aftermarket fenders go on fit and finish. 

I have never had any experience with Goodmark's fenders though. I do have a Goodmark cowl induction hood hood on my 86 K10. I am very impressed with the fit and finish of it. Hopefully their fenders are just as good. Good luck to you in getting your truck put back together better than it was...if that's possible! It sure is a nice one! ...Joe

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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2008, 09:46:43 PM »
Their 73-80 fenders are about the best out there.

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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2008, 11:29:12 PM »
Thanks chasedale.  I think the fender and door will do fine.  3 Chevy dealers around here said they have great luck using goodmark stuff, and the other body shops that had used their stuff gave thumbs up so I went with it.  I'll definetly have more pics a comin, and here's some now, the trucks all ready to go to the body shop monday or tuesday, whenever the parts I'm waiting on show up.  I got some new RH Door hinges and I found a set of OE Hood hinges  I also got a new hood from a friend since mines bent pretty good.  It's a stock replacement for 73-80.  It has the detail on the front the 79-80's do, but I always liked that so it's all good.  He bought the hood 5 or 6 months ago and somebody stole his truck, so with nothing else to do with it I bought it from him for cheap. ;D  It has the same brand on the box as the goodmark door i bought so i think it'll work out well. 
  I spent today looking for a new LH side window.  It's all scratched up from the lower seal that rubs on it, when the old one dried out it cut it up and it won't take tint, so I need a non scratched one so I can tint the windows since I can do it myself very easily while the windows are out and save some $$$. 
  Tomorrow I'm getting a new (to me) lista toolbox my dad got for my birthday.  I may paint it to match the truck.  Well see when I have the truck and box together... ;D

Here's the body shop I'm taking it to.  They have some NICE cars there.  They do show cars and daily drivers so I'm trying to go for something in the middle. http://www.brownandbrownprocustominc.com/services.html

 


« Last Edit: September 11, 2008, 12:07:01 AM by 78 Chevyrado »
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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2008, 08:35:58 PM »
I scored all three pieces of trim for the grille at the junkyard today.  They polished up like new and only have 2 pin sized dings in them.  I repainted the black stripe on them and stuck them in my grille.


This also showed up today, GM NOS. 
The standard wiper switch is the only thing on the truck that drives me nutty.  When it rains light you have to flip it on and off, flip it on and off, flip it on and off.  Flip it on and off NO MORE!  Finally got my pulse switch and module for it.



Here's the bed with the new seam sealer installed.
« Last Edit: September 14, 2008, 08:11:12 PM by 78 Chevyrado »
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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2008, 08:03:34 AM »
Looking good - keep it up ;D

Hopefully you'll have it back on the road soon.
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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2008, 08:59:59 PM »
Today I got my right vent window painted and put back together.  All new seals and channel, tinted to 35% and new locking handles.

Rebuilt vent window on left, untouched one on right.





Here's my handy dandy special tool for installing the curved seal to the front track ;D
« Last Edit: September 13, 2008, 09:08:53 PM by 78 Chevyrado »
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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2008, 06:04:39 PM »
I checked out the link for the body shop that you will be using. Looks like they do some first class work there. I checked out the 79 K10 that they did a frame swap on. Looked really good. Would have turned out a lot better had the owner spent some extra money on cleaning and painting the frame and interior. It's a nice truck and all, but cutting corners like that when you already have it apart anyway doesn't make much sense to me, but it's not my truck. The body and paint look flawless though. Can't wait to see yours when it's all done. Any more updates yet? ...Joe

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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2008, 08:36:29 AM »
I'm happy to see your truck going to the paint and body shop after the accident.  That was one cherry Scottsdale.  Can't wait to see how it turns out! 
"Two rules get you through life: If it's stuck and it's not supposed to be, WD-40 it. If it's not stuck and it's supposed to be, duct tape it."

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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2008, 02:14:39 PM »
The shop has the truck apart and they test fitted the new door and fender and they're now working on the rocker panel.  When the new door was on it, the front 8-10 inches of the rocker was inboard about 1.5 inches too far compared to the door.  They have done some pulling to get the front of the cab back straight.  The lower part of the cowl where the damage is isn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. 

Here's some pics for yall.



« Last Edit: September 22, 2008, 09:31:10 PM by 78 Chevyrado »
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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2008, 07:10:37 PM »
Looking Good Keeny, doesn't look like it should be much longer 8) 8) Hey just curious, where did you find your NOS Pulse Switch and Module???  It drives me up the wall not having them on mine, and I think it may be a while before I can move the control to the column like I want....
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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2008, 09:27:25 PM »
It shouldn't be too long now.  They're going to fix the rocker and should have the new fender, door, and hood fitted by tomorrow or the next day so I can make sure they fit like I want.  After that they'll pull the hood, doors, fenders and bed off for body work and paint.


Thanks Dragon, I bought the wiper stuff from classic parts.   It's not listed as NOS, but both parts came in a GM box. 

http://www.classicparts.com/1978-83-Windshield-Wiper-Switch/productinfo/67-656B/

http://www.classicparts.com/1978-83-Windshield-Wiper-Delay-Control-Module/productinfo/67-682/


I also bought the small tailgate band for my truck yesterday off ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching&viewitem=&item=310083378340&_trksid=p3907.m32

I'm going to strip the old paint off of it and repaint the stripe and chevrolet letters and polish it up.  I'm thinking of painting the perimeter stripe black like it should be, but painting the chevrolet letters a dark charcoal color like my grille and headlight doors are painted.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2008, 09:37:02 PM by 78 Chevyrado »
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Re: Damage Repair, 1978 C20
« Reply #29 on: September 23, 2008, 06:49:31 AM »
Looks like she is comming along ;D 

Shame you have to go through all this again.
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