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176 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:28 pm

And the bed completely mocked-up...on the top side at least.



Once I was happy with the various pieces, I cut the bottom pieces to match, and marked each wood strip's location so I know where they belong.



Next up was putting one wood slat in at a time, then gluing the retaining strap tightly against the wood strip. It came out great, I think I'll keep this method, it works well!



I removed the wood, and this is how the .010 sheet of styrene looks with the retaining straps glued down.

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177 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:32 pm

A quick shot of the bottom side, the retaining straps are glued down here also. I need to add the cross bracing and the mounts for the frame still, I'll work on that later tonight if I can.



And a couple of shots of the whole assembly slid out of the bed, this was way too easy!



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178 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:12 pm

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that looks great mike, how many trial and error hits on the basswood before it fit just right?

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179 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:35 pm

The four outer pieces were easy, first try nailed them down. The two center pieces took about six tries. I wanted to do 7 slats like the kit bed had, but the outer slats would have barely been there, so I modified the layout a bit and worked from the outer edges in. Once I had the outer four slats worked out (They're all the same size), I made the center two slats fit the opening left. If I do another wood bed. I'll do it this way, it worked out much easier than on the '50 Chevy.

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180 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:12 am

I located my stain and prepped the wood for some color. A bit of sanding to smooth out the wood, and some stain was applied, making the boards look nice and pretty!

A bit of 220 gets the wood all smooth and ready for...



The satin! Easy to apply (I used a paper towel!), and it makes the Basswood look great!







The wood is all finished, I'll hopefully be able to get the bed floor all together tomorrow. I've still got a lot of work to do on the retaining straps!

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181 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:15 am

This is the tedious part, drilling 35 holes for the bolts that hold the retaining straps down. Then I get to work with the tiny plastic bolts...I'll need 70 of 'em when it's all said and done, 35 for each side!



These are actually bolts, I sanded them smooth so they look like the carriage bolts that are normally in the bed.



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182 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:07 am

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you get em from grandt line?
http://www.grandtline.com/products/mrr/mrr%20details/augmentables.html

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183 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:39 am

Sure did, they were the closest I could get to carriage bolts in this diameter.

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184 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:23 am

great job on the wood bed floor!!!!!!! going to have to try that sometime Smile

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185 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:08 pm

Give it a shot, it's actually much easier than you think! I'll work up a tutorial for it so you can do it my way if you want to try your hand at it!

I modified the amount of holes a bit just to make it easier, I chopped two rows out, making it only 25 holes and 50 bolts....and it still took all day to do it! Here's the pics, enjoy!

All the holes drilled and ready for the bolts....the first five bolts are installed on the bottom strap.





Here's where you get to see exactly how small these babies are...yup, I'm cross-eyed right now!



Once they were all in place, I laid down some Metalizer Aluminum Plate, next step will be a quick buffing and then the installation of the wood!

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186 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:13 pm

And as is usual for me, I'm bouncing around a bit. I filled in the slots at the corners of the bed for the stiffeners that glue there, they looked horrible anyway! I also filled in the ejector pin marks on the inside of the tailgate, that was really fun!





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187 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:22 pm

The next step was making a way to get the rear fenders re-attached to the bed. I started by holding the fender in place and drawing a line inside....



Then I glued some angle strip styrene to the line, giving me a place to glue the fenders to!



A nice tight fit, this should work out just fine!





And finally, I came up with a devious way to attach the bed to the frame, and get the bolts that attach the bed to the frame on the 1:1 in there to, here's what I started with, I'll explain the rest later, wait for it!



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188 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:29 pm

Now, back to the bed floor, already in progress.... Arrow bounce study

I buffed the Aluminum plate up....



And glued the wooden strips in place! A quick mock-up in the bed....



I left the center slats out of the bottom just so I knew which side goes up!

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189 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:39 pm

Remember a few posts back I said I found a way to attach the bed to the frame just like the 1:1? Well, here's the proof. I took the original bed floor from the kit, and drilled holes straight through the mounting bosses. Once they were drilled, I laid the original bed floor onto the new floor, and drilled through the new floor using the original floor as a template. The next step was cutting some straight pins to go through the bed and into the frame. Turns out my modifying the slat layout affected this part, but it's nothing major. Turns out the bolts at the back of the bed would have ended up in the retaining slats, so I'll just find a way to attach the back side of the bed another way, but the front two "bolts" fit perfectly, and it looks good to boot!



You can see where the rear bolts landed in this picture, look just behind the center bolts  on the top and bottom retaining straps and you'll see where the drill bit landed in the straps instead of the wood. I just shifted the "bolts" inward on the top side and clipped some straight pins really short for those two.



The last bit of work for the bed today was to add the cross braces back onto the bottom side. the old bed floor was once again used to show me where they needed to go, and some styrene c-channel was glued in the proper locations!



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190 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:45 pm

And the last update for tonight, I mocked-up the entire bed to see how it all looks together, and I'm very pleased with how it came out, especially considering how horribly bad this bed was to start with. I go off-call in the morning, so I hope I get a few early days this week, and maybe I'll be able to sling some paint on the bed and button this baby up!







Looking at the back of the bed cover, I need to add something to cover that gap between the bed cover and tailgate...looks like I've got a bit more work to do on that part!





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191 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sun Mar 22, 2015 11:53 pm

Oops, I forgot these three pics! This shows the tailgate, it pivots on two straight pins, and a good shot of the new bed floor in place, enjoy!





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192 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:18 am

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very cool stuff there mike, details look awesome on that bed

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193 re; 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro Combo on Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:20 pm

Hey Brother,,,, are you sure yer not a " Shrink" or something of that caliber????,,, cause you sure do have THE MOST PATIENCE I have ever witnessed when it comes to dealing with styrene problems. I am totally awed with this build . Only hope I can come close sometime soon on 1 of my own 1 day. Keep up the KILLER work ,& waiting to see it completed. GOD BLESS

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194 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:32 pm

Thanks for the praise Gary, but it's not patience that gets me through a problem, it's an absolute refusal to let a piece of plastic beat me! Evil or Very Mad

And I'm no shrink, but I am certifiably insane! cheers

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195 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:55 pm

I got a bit of bench time in tonight, and I made the best of it. I capped off the back side of the bed cover with some half-round strip, blended it in and called it good. Then I glued the tubes for the hinge onto the underside of the bed cover, now it's all ready for primer. I added a prop-rod and hook for holding the cover up while I was at it, and it actually works the way my twisted mind envisioned it, who would have thunk it? affraid

I think I've figured out the tail lights, let me know what you think of 'em...a set of 69 Camaro tail lights mounted vertically on the sides of the bed. It's held on with some clear tape doubled up, when it's installed, it'll be glued directly to the bed.







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196 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:12 am

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prop rod idea is cool, tail light looks ok, just maybe a little long?

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197 re;1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:44 am

Looks Good Sir, GOD BLESS!!

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198 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Thu Mar 26, 2015 2:24 pm

Yeah, the more I see them, the goofier they look there. I'm gonna look at putting them in the bumper!

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199 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Thu Mar 26, 2015 6:46 pm

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lol see, i am goofy i guess, i would section the center section of them and shorten them then maybe blend them into the side panels... dunno

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200 Re: 1965 Chevy Pickup & Hemi Hydro combo on Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:41 am

Well, I looked at the bumper, and if I sink these Camaro tail lights into it, I'll lose the attachment points for the bumper. So back into the tail light stash I went, and I dug out what look to be '55 Caddy tail lights. I cut some sheet styrene out, drilled two holes in it for some straight pins. The pins serve two purposes, they look like bulbs through the lenses, and they give me something to attach the tail lights with!

Tail light laid on the fender...



Styrene backer cut out and drilled....



Pins glued down...



A quick mock-up, now to apply some glue!



And the backer trimmed up. Once it's all done, the backer will get some foil!

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