MX2: Creating the New Cab Panels

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For body material I picked up two doors from the junk yard. It was half price day, so I scored two doors for $75 bucks! I measured the gap, added 2 inches for a buffer then cut chunks out of the doors

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Dry fitting the new body material. Once lined up, I marked where the cuts needed to be exactly.

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I trimmed of the extra material on one side and ground the edges of the other.

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Perfect fit!

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I used the excess trimmed off for backing on the edges of each seam. Same routine as the bed shortening.

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Then tack weld into place.

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And grind so new panel will fit flush.

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New side panel clamped into place.

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To avoid any warping I slowly weld small spots a few inches apart. After cooling a bit I run a few more spot welds. I repeat this quite a few times before the panel is fully welded. Then I repeat everything on the driver side.

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Missed this photo. Its before the side panels were fitted. I aligned everything onto the new body mounts and welded the floor to the remaining cab parts.

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Angle shot of the passenger side. That’s as strait as I can make it.

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Killing time while waiting for the metal to cool. Maybe just a bit to much time…

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