WC 53 hinge area progress

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WC 53 hinge area progress

Post by Adam in Wa »

The strip of metal below the tailgate (I don’t know what it’s called) on my carryall was beat up pretty badly. Since I was rebuilding the tailgate hinges I decided to remove the center section and weld in a replacement. The damaged strip is 16 gauge and I don’t have the tools to form an exact replacement, so I made it from two pieces. I used a spot weld cutter to remove the damaged piece. Once apart I decided to remove the entire piece and treat the hidden rust. I welded the cleaned and treated ends back on and then cut the center section to length. The center section has about a one inch curve in it, along its length. This would be very difficult to fabricate in one piece. I found a small crack in the lower left corner of the tailgate opening, and the factory welds were fugly, I will be addressing those at a later time.

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Adam in Wa
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Re: WC 53 hinge area progress

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Getting there… but too cold to paint. 22 degrees F (-5 C) in the open area of my shop.

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Re: WC 53 hinge area progress

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Nice work I need to do this to my Wc 10 carryall
All right they're on our left they're on our right they're in front of us they're behind us they can't get away this time
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Re: WC 53 hinge area progress

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Hello!!
How well finished and finished, very professional.
I admire the ability, means and time to develop all this great work. Good luck, it's turning out great.

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looking great!
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good as new!
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Re: WC 53 hinge area progress

Post by Adam in Wa »

Btw, these are original reflector housings, with new reflectors. I was able to save them with some blasting and rust treatment, probably not worth the time, but many reproduction pieces leave a lot to be desired.