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Projects pickup cabs

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by easyrider47, Feb 13, 2021.

  1. easyrider47
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 634


    I ought a 30-31 pickup cab that was badly damaged on the right rear of the cab. It pushed the corner in from the rear right side to the door. We pushed it out with a porta power but when we released the pressure it sprang back in. I've been advertising for a cab back but no luck so I guess I have to try and fix this one. Does anyone have any ideas about getting this repaired. I didn't try heat because I didn't know if it would warp it. I have another cab but it has a sedan back panel and the belt lines don't match. thanks, Mike
  2. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,132

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    I'm no metal man but perhaps when you push it out with the porta power try a little light heat to relax the metal then cool it with a wet rag.
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  3. Lost in the Fifties
    Joined: Feb 25, 2010
    Posts: 435

    Lost in the Fifties

  4. To overcome springback, you need to go past the point you want to stay at. That is probably not possible with the rest of your cab holding things. So you need to release the spring back by heat or strategic cuts that you then weld back up. Being smashed in, the metal is probably not straight anyway, and depending on work hardening, the heat may be the best solution.
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  5. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 929


    Pics will definately help.
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  7. easyrider47
    Joined: May 7, 2004
    Posts: 634


    I liked the article but can you tell me how to save it all. I probably won't start til spring.
  8. chev34ute
    Joined: Nov 13, 2011
    Posts: 968


    There are a number of options. This is what I did. The corners were made up with a mallet, shrinker stretcher and English Wheel.


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