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Old February 3rd, 2019, 11:11 AM
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Redneck defrost from the drainpipe aisle at Home Depot and a little duct tape, lol. Blasts the window pretty good! Second floor heater cause its a soft top and my wife is always cold!


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Old May 26th, 2019, 08:18 PM
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Sorry guys, thought Id be further along by now but some health stuff came up. On the mend now and back at her. Just got the LS1 all buttoned up for the Camaro so the 350 from the Camaro will be coming out very soon. SM465 and NP205 are rebuilt, mated, and waiting. Been doing lots of easy stuff like fuel system and wiring and small things.


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Old March 21st, 2020, 10:44 PM
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Beautiful work. When you look at the red truck you started with and what you have now, well it's pretty cool. Thanks for the PM's. I saw some great answers to some questions I had. What tires are those and are those wheels 16 or 17's? I thought I would bring your thread up to the top for a little nudge to keep going on it.
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Old March 22nd, 2020, 09:42 AM
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The wheels are heavy gauge 17 x 10. I think I got them from Summit Racing. The tires are Yokohama Geolander X-MTs, 40x13.5 R17. I wanted something that paid tribute to an army style tread but without the weight and price tag. These were about $500/ea, which is pretty cheap for new 40s!


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Old March 23rd, 2020, 10:18 AM
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Yokohama's are a really good brand. So getting a tire that spins true, does not cause weird handling problems is worth the price when it all works. I have about 6 different tires bookmarked. Including two versions of Yokohama's. And I found a wheel I really like. I will get everything after the suspension mod's then order up. It will be like Christmas in July. Or October...
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Old March 23rd, 2020, 06:12 PM
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I like your tailgate. I have 2 M715 beds without a tailgate. Your pictures got me thinking I should consider fabricating up my own too. Do you have any dimensions of the materials used that you are willing to share?

I'm planning on using one bed for a M715 trailer and the other bed on my next M715 truck project.
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Old March 24th, 2020, 11:11 AM
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I just measured the opening and cut a piece of sheet to size minus a little clearance. The frame is 2x2 thin wall square tube around the outside and 2x4 in the middle. I sent a DXF to my local laser shop for the lettering and spot welded it from the back side. Ill take a few pics tonight for what I did with the hinges!


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Old March 24th, 2020, 06:37 PM
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Thanks. What gauge did you use for the sheet steel? Would 16 gauge work? I'd be interested in seeing the hinges too.
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Old March 25th, 2020, 06:17 PM
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I matched the rest of the bed thickness. It might have been thicker than 16 gauge. Might have been 3/32? Heres some pics. The hinges are just DOM cut into chunks and some laser cuts I had made.
I bolted all the hinge pieces together with washers in between, clamped the tailgate where I wanted it, and then welded the hinges to both sides. I got some plastic washers to put on the hinge bolt between the hinge sections.










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