MX2: Creating the Extended Cab Roof

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Since I’ll be creating a completely new roof section I’ll need to meet the stock curve. To accomplish this I start with some scrap 3/4 inch plywood. I then measure the front section of the roof’s curvature. From the measurements I create and ark on the plywood. Then I rough cut with a band saw and clean up with a belt sander.

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Now I create a wooden frame to hold the arc molds in place and at the right hight.

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Verifying the two pieces are the correct height I place a strait metal bar across the gap.

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Next I cut a piece of 20 gauge steel to fit into the gap. I cut 2 inches longer than I need to rough fit everything and slide it under the current roof sections.

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The roof is marked then cut to fit. As you can see from the additional line I messed up, luckily I caught it before I started to cut. Measure twice, cut once!!!

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More of the same overlapping backing to weld on.

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Roof welded into place. Since there is a lot of room for warping, I’ll be taking a day or two to weld this up. I start by running spot welds a few inches apart. Over time I will continue to spot weld between the other welds until its fully welded.

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While between welding the roof, I start to get ready to work on the wheel well of the cab.

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