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Unread 05-28-2009, 05:29 PM   #361
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Did you make another fender for the rear or are you just switching it for the pics?

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Only one fender so far. I moved it to the other side for the photo. One bolt holds it in place for the photos.

Making the other fender will be one of the last fabrication tasks on the project - I want to wait til then in case I discover some reason the fenders need to be a different size, then I'd only have the one to re-do instead of both...

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Unread 05-28-2009, 05:29 PM   #362
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That looks like Bob's custom CJ-10, it is still out in front of his house 4 sale. He is in Kettering Ohio.
If you know him, could you ask him where he got the bed and fenders?
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Unread 05-28-2009, 05:30 PM   #363
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Not to throwing the train of thought you are doing on the bed

because I love the old timmy look using a Chev Step side bed as in your models

Also don't know the measurements on what they were

but the Old Ford Rangers the SPASH addition was a short bed small pick up

I wonder if a Pick up bed like those would work for doing on something like this or

newer like the Wrangler pick up I'm sure some of those are in the Junk yards by now

Just a thought here don't stop what you are doing on the Gaucho I love it

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I don't know much about Rangers, so I'm not familiar with that bed. Can you post a link to a photo of one?
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Unread 05-28-2009, 06:06 PM   #364
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I don't know much about Rangers, so I'm not familiar with that bed. Can you post a link to a photo of one?
this is what he is talking about


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Unread 05-28-2009, 06:26 PM   #365
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this is what he is talking about
Oh, I thought the word SPASH implied something special I had never seen - this bed I've seen millions of. I don't think it would work well as the back half of a Jeep pickup, for several reasons:

1. The curved bed sides would look strange next to the vertically straight Jeep body tub sides.

2. Ford's made millions of those, a Jeep pickup using that bed would be instantly recognizable as a Jeep with a Ranger bed in the back, and that would look strange, seeing two so easily recognized parts together.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 07:36 AM   #366
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If you know him, could you ask him where he got the bed and fenders?
I'm thinking he said the bed was made for one of the foreign made trucks. I'll check with him, he works nights so he is hard to find.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 07:43 AM   #367
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Did the Chevy Luv ever come as a stepside from the factory?

::edit:: looks like another aftermarket thing:
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Unread 05-29-2009, 08:13 AM   #368
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Did the Chevy Luv ever come as a stepside from the factory?

::edit:: looks like another aftermarket thing:
That looks like the aftermarket bed from California Stepside, a steel box and fiberglass fenders I believe. The original Gaucho(s) built in the mid-70's used those beds too.
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Unread 05-29-2009, 08:54 AM   #369
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Did the Chevy Luv ever come as a stepside from the factory?

::edit:: looks like another aftermarket thing:
not 'from the factory' per se, but as an aftermarket option (some even through dealers). my good friend in high school had that exact yellow one (back in '88-'89)wheels and all. I think I mentioned earlier in the post, he damaged one of the rear fenders in an accident, and never could find another.

I drove a '78 chevy Luv Mikado (black with red bucket interior) and there were at least 8 other Luv's at my school. my neighbor just picked up a red '79Luv with under 40K original miles.

(sorry for the off topic, Jeff)

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Unread 05-29-2009, 01:27 PM   #370
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I got the "sport bar" adapted to the pickup tub/cab today. On the left you can see the original main hoop (I had already removed the angle bars that went to the back) - the main hoop angles back beyond where the hardtop will be, so that's no good.

On the right, I've pie cut the main hoop to stand vertically, also took 1" out of the height in the process - of course it became taller when it was standing straight up. I also had to remove about 5" from the connector bars that go to the windshield.

I haven't done the finish welding yet, still tweaking it slightly, also I plan to tie the main hoop into the B pillars just below the door strikers for extra rigidity. Also haven't put the rivnuts in the windshield frame yet, that's why there are clamps there.

It fits very nicely up inside the hardtop, it's all the way to the back and the top so it takes up minimal space inside the cab. Worked out very nicely.

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Unread 05-29-2009, 01:38 PM   #371
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Looking great, as usual. We expect nothing less.
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rollbar looks good,,,anf that luv is sweet
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Unread 06-01-2009, 03:24 PM   #373
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I picked up a hood for next-to-nothing today, couldn't resist grabbing it to make the mockup more complete It's an early 76 hood, you can just barely see the small notch at the bottom edge near the front, I have no idea what that was originally for.



I've decided I'll be mounting the spare right behind the cab, parallel to the back of the cab, it's really the only way to store large spares in this bed. I'll recess it in the bed floor a bit with a well I'll make from a large trailer fender.

Here's a quick mockup photo showing the fender serving as a well, it's got a 36" radius and it is 13" wide, so the 32" tire sitting in it looks small. The well will go about 3" lower, and the bed floor, indicated by the stick, will probably be 2" higher than the stick. Obviously (I hope it is obvious), most of the fender will be thrown away, only the semicircle below the bed floor will be used.

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Unread 06-02-2009, 02:46 PM   #374
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I'm starting to work through the bed restoration/resizing now; today I got the cross-sills in shape. All of the stock Chevy cross-sills were in good enough shape to restore and re-use. I've shortened each of them 5 1/2" to provide a 44" inside width for the bed instead of the 49 1/2" of the original Chevy (44" clears the Jeep WT axles nicely). The under-bed cross sills got shortened at each end and the rear cross sill got shortened slightly off center to the passenger side, you can see that in the photo. I did this to preserve the holes and captive nuts at each end that the stake pockets bolt to; and it is off-center because by a nice coincidence, there was a 5" long nasty dent/deformed area on that side so I was able to just cut that section out.

Today I ordered new repro rear stake pockets and new side angle strips the floor and sills attach to - the angles in this bed are not in good shape, plus I have to move the floor up about 2" from the stock Chevy position to properly fit the Gaucho, so I'll weld new angles to the inside of the bed sides. In this photo, the three forward cross sills are sitting on top of the angle strips - when assembled, they bolt to the bottom of the angles, and sandwich the bed wood in-between the angles and the cross-sills.

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Unread 06-02-2009, 03:30 PM   #375
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Jeff

wood bed? if so, are you going to do your own, or buy a kit/cut it down?

looks great (as always)

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