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Old 10-30-2006, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tacoma bed bob

I found that taking 13 1/4" is the difference between the length of a double cab bed and an extra cab/standard cab bed. I decided on 13" just in case I want to put a shell back on I used cut off wheels to do the initial cuts. Had to do minimal grinding to get the 2 pieces to match up right. I ended up getting them so close together that I didn't need any backing. Tight seam

First step: Mark the cut lines


Second step: Cut



Third step: Line up and tack
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Fourth step: Fully tack weld together, no pics sorry
Fifth step: Grind smooth




I chopped the end of the frame off and wanted to cap the ends with something, here's what I came up with
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I will be bondo-ing today so I'll get after pics It shouldn't take much bondo to get it looking good
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Very nice bodywork--looks like you're welding a bit too hot, and melting base metal out and into your weld--see the dips in your weld toward the bottom. Not an issue for just capping the frame--just some friendly constructive criticism.

Did your shackle bushings smoke when you welded that close to 'em?!

The upside is that you're getting good penetration. Pause just a little bit so your electrode will fill in the gaps in the base metal. Also looks like you have a little bit of pitting--pausing will also let the gases bubble to the surface so your completed weld will be solid.
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Very nice bodywork--looks like you're welding a bit too hot, and melting base metal out and into your weld--see the dips in your weld toward the bottom. Not an issue for just capping the frame--just some friendly constructive criticism.

Did your shackle bushings smoke when you welded that close to 'em?!

The upside is that you're getting good penetration. Pause just a little bit so your electrode will fill in the gaps in the base metal. Also looks like you have a little bit of pitting--pausing will also let the gases bubble to the surface so your completed weld will be solid.
Yeah I was burning much too hot, I know Definitely not my best work, I was just tired of tack welding for 3 hours I was using my Lincoln 3200hd (I think it's the 135 but the Home Depot version) on flux core, .035 wire. I may do the switch back to gas, we'll see
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Oh! Flux would explain some of the pits...just pause and let the wire fill--it's not like you're welding so hot you're burning through. Don't turn the heat down, necessarily (and risk bird shit!)--just fill more. If you turn down the heat, you risk losing the good penetration you're getting (which not everybody with a wire welder understands).
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Old 10-30-2006, 10:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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what did you paint your truck with? rattle can right? what brand and color (od green?) looks good!
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Hell yea Bri i have a new background now! Can't wait to see it today!
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Old 10-30-2006, 11:23 AM   #9 (permalink)
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sweet. that looks good. ya that second picture is on my cell phone.
edit: guess its time for a new rear bumper design?! are you just going to chop the ends of your old one?

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Old 10-30-2006, 04:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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what did you paint your truck with? rattle can right? what brand and color (od green?) looks good!
Rattle can is right.

http://www.aervoe.com/productcart/pc...=3&idproduct=4

I used the color "Dark Green"
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sweet. that looks good. ya that second picture is on my cell phone.
edit: guess its time for a new rear bumper design?! are you just going to chop the ends of your old one?
I already cut the bumper down to fit. Just waiting for the paint to dry

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i cant wait to see it all done. DRY PAINT DRY!!!! and you better post pics so i dont have to wait till tomorow to see it at work :smoking:
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Rattle can is right.

http://www.aervoe.com/productcart/pc...=3&idproduct=4

I used the color "Dark Green"
Holy dog shit man! that stuff is $22 a can! i thought it was $22 a case untill i went to check out!
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I already cut the bumper down to fit. Just waiting for the paint to dry

Any pics with the rear bumper on yet?
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Holy dog shit man! that stuff is $22 a can! i thought it was $22 a case untill i went to check out!
Nope, you get 6 cans for 22 bucks. Pretty sure their site is messed up It used to tell you how many cans you get for 22 bucks. Give them a call
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I already cut the bumper down to fit. Just waiting for the paint to dry
aw look at those cute little hoops now
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what are you going to do with the can back???? looks nice, i used krylon olive drab from walmart...$.99 a can.
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Any pics with the rear bumper on yet?
Heres one for ya, I'll have to get some better daylight pics

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Looks good. I plan to do a bob when i get an older pickup.

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hehehe those are cute hoops
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Here are some daytime pictures




Cut down the bed rug...

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It is sooo cute


Edit: is that a falcon back there?
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Are those authentic bullet holes?

That BOBjob looks good. How many cans did you use to paint the whole truck?
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Looks nice Bri

I remember when my bob was clean too....LOL

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Thats a good looking rig. Good job on the bed.

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