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1954 Chevy Dead Sled

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Post by ferrell1cars on March 31st 2014, 3:51 am

I love it,nice work
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Post by frmula505 on March 31st 2014, 3:30 pm

Great fab work. Back to stock.
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Post by Reb Stew on March 31st 2014, 4:15 pm

Everything is just sitting loose on her. Just mock up stage right now.


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Post by Reb Stew on March 31st 2014, 4:17 pm

I need some really skinny 15" rims for the front and 15X8's or 10" for the back if anyone has anything laying around.

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Post by Nanook on March 31st 2014, 4:50 pm

Looking great, Steve! Smile 

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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 6:08 am

I have the rear end ripped out of it and the car is half in and half out of the garage so no front end work while it's raining. I couldn't sit around today so I messed with the part that was in the garage, the back. One thing I hated about this car was the way they cut the trunk in two and molded the bottom to the car.




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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 6:25 am

While wanting to keep it a custom the back of the car was so screwed up only thing I could think to do with it was to extend the 1/4's and run a continental kit on it. I made a frame and started shaping metal for the back. After going over the car I gave up on a nice custom. She's too far gone. I cut all the crap back off and dug out what was left of the trunk.





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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 6:32 am



Not sure why all the Bondo. He put Bondo all over everything. There is some spots it needed filler but he covered parts that were straight as could be. Layer on top of layer of Bondo. I had to take a cut off wheel and make cuts in it and use a hammer and screwdriver to chip away at it.




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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 6:35 am

After getting all the Bondo from around the trunk I cut through the spot welds to get the bottom of the trunk from the body.





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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 6:39 am

You can see the left rear 1/4 has been slammed and beat back out. The bottom of the body below the trunk is gone as is the taillight sections where they brazed in the Stude taillights. She's a rough ol' gal.


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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 6:48 am

I chipped away at more Bondo and then cleaned up where I was going to weld. I hung the trunk back in the car and lined it up with the body. I wasn't happy to see whoever cut the trunk in half didn't just make one cut. He took an inch or so out of it. If you pull the two pieces together there is a 1" or more gap at the bottom. Oh well, I spot welded to bottom back on the car to make it easier to weld the two and a filler piece was cut to mate the two together once again.



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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 6:59 am

Almost done with the added piece.


Not knowing any history past the last 17 years I wonder how long ago that the trunk did this?


More and more Bondo being chipped away. Little by little.



I still need to add some metal to the inner braces when I get back on it.

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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 7:00 am

I'll be looking for a trunk lid but just in case I can't find one this will do for a while.

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Post by big dogs 42 on April 3rd 2014, 7:06 am

I never like that trunk on that beater anyway good job steve make it your way already looks 110 percent better!!!


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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 7:08 am

Bad idea all the way around. The floors in this car is really nice. I'd say the trunk was the same way before they cut the deck lid in two. There was no place for the rain water to run to other than into the car. It rotted the trunk floor out.

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Post by big dogs 42 on April 3rd 2014, 7:11 am




Hey if you can make a trunk lid a trunk floor should be no problem  Very Happy you putting the taillights back also? Cool
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Post by Reb Stew on April 3rd 2014, 7:28 am

I don't have the taillights so I'm going to make something close to them and mold it all in like they are frenched. The metal is so screwed up around the taillights stock bezels wouldn't bolt in anyway. Sad

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Post by big dogs 42 on April 3rd 2014, 7:29 am

Im confident youll come up with something that looks right !
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Post by Nanook on April 3rd 2014, 3:01 pm

It's a real shame that this wound up being such a hack job, Steve. At least in your capable hands it will be respectable again, sir. Very Happy 

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Post by Reb Stew on April 4th 2014, 5:39 pm

As you can see the taillights have seen better days. The body was cut up for Stude lights and the left side was in a crash and messed up.


Bent up some round stock to form a taillight opening and made a template.



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Post by Chris55 on April 4th 2014, 6:20 pm

Lookin good bro.
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Post by Nanook on April 4th 2014, 6:32 pm

Dang! Wow, that looks terrific!

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Post by oldman on April 4th 2014, 6:53 pm

Man you do some good work.It's looking better every time I look at this post.
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