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'78 1700 4X4 Build

2021 Arizona International Harvester Rendezvous

Allnightwill

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Have a look at these 78 loadstars. Same frame mod. Even has same holes in one of them for the overload spring mounts.

Same ride height at the front too

Hard to find any other pictures, but these were also government owned trucks
 

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Chris Cooper

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It would not be surprising if that spring modification was upfitter installed. My truck has a passenger-side fuel tank that was shortened by McCabe-Powers during installation of a utility or bucket body. That wavy cut Jeff mentions argues against this, though.
 

roguemustang

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I agree with the wavy part...that's what I was second guessing before I commented. But it may be a dealer/upfitter/finisher type thing....I actually thought that the "wavy cut" was an optical illusion caused by the rust.
 

Allnightwill

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Wrangled the missus into give me a hand yesterday in exchange for future work on her 92 f150. The artsy pics are hers!

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stealing clutch components from the 5 speed for possible future use with the 10sp

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Ariana works at a scrap yard running a torch most days so she's good help

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Allnightwill

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I am thinking pretty hard about extending the cab, seeing as there will already be quite a bit of body work, and working out of a single cab is a prick in a place that rains more than 300 days in a year.
I would like another 16" behind the seat. I'm pretty green at body work, was thinking it would be somewhat achievable to fabricate the extensions out of sheet, rather than having to find another cab.

Anyone have any wisdom on this or photos of a similar project?
 

Allnightwill

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Allnightwill

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Jeff; not very much in the way of donor vehicles in a 400 mile radius from me. I actually found another loadstar in town, but the person who owns it doesn't want to part with it!
I think the side panels will be the most straight forward, the roof on the other hand will be more challenging! My roof is pretty dinged up so will likely be more involved than just a 16" extension.

Any suggestions on how to start with the actual extension? Should I split the rear cab skin from the reinforcements or cut it out all together from behind the door frame.

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Stretching the floor before rolling it. Bead roller ain't the most fun on 16ga! Can't find anything thinner than 16ga in a 15hr radius. Steel supplier here has minimum order of 25 sheets for 18 and 20 gauge. Got some 2'x4' pieces of 20ga coming for the roof/side panels.

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Just got the bead roller yesterday in the mail. It's ok. Probably just as easy to make a buck and beat em in though. I am very green at body work!

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Allnightwill

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Allnightwill

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Sunday's progress. Pretty sick of sheet metal took a break to install an alarm in my shop. Probably get back into it once I get my 20ga sheet and begin the real headache.

Do you guys think it will look weird without an extra window in the stretch? May make it easier to hide any imperfections in the sheet metal but would add a bit of work no doubt
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stroker3

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Nice work.
Mixed opinion on a window. Much like a pickup with a cap or work vans without a window in the slider/ right side doors it'd look fine, probably better without glass but you end up with a pretty good blind spot.
If you're used to mirrors and don't mind limited visability, save yourself the extra work.
 

Lars-S

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Looks and / or functionality .. stroker3 mentions concerns and mirror visibility thoughts. I guess it also depends a little on vehicle laws for windows vehicle modifications. I added a window to a fastback I had as a kid by making it out of thick plexi and universal rubber moulding. Nothing similar in the size and shape I needed (and of course insane prices).

Just take a couple photos of it, sketch one in on print out, or if either of you are good on computer add it there to be able to change size, shape, etc. That may help in deciding by getting a feel what it would look like.

One option that I didn't have due to size and shape (very custom trapezoid) is RV Trailer windows.. There are many reasonable(?) kits for installing and maybe used ones too. I found more than a few providers in CA.

Whatever you do, as long as your happy with it, thats what counts.. And since projects can oft never be done, given skills you have shown so far no doubt you could always add one or remove one down the road (trail lol). Great job!
 

Chris Cooper

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Weird? No— it’ll look like one of those cool old Ford cabovers from the ‘60’s.


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Lars-S

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You may already be done with this stage? but had a few moments .. no customers so did these .. was going to add to frame but lots of options here so quit for now.
 

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