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    "Even outside of cars, if you haven't noticed my writing is not really superb!!"

    I would take issue with that. Your writing is concise, well organized and grammatically acceptable to the forum in which it is being presented. In my real job years ago, I supervised a herd of engineers.

    Some of the most talented engineers could not describe the process of pouring body fluids out of a boot and as a result, many of their great ideas and solutions would be passed over in favor of lesser ideas that were better described by another engineer.

    The solution to that was to assign a great writer to help the brilliant engineer (and then to get both of them to admit that they were good at different things).

    Keep on Jeepin' and keep on writing.

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    56, larrbeard is 100 percent correct in regards to educated idiots. I too work with engineering, and some of the most educated are punctuation illiterate. If you wouldn't have told us that you were in high school, we would have never of guessed it. The under thirty crowd can usually be spotted pretty quick with the shorthand abbreviations. You've gained a lot of respect from all of us for your well thought out questions. Keep up the good work and shoot for your ambition to teach. You'll be a good one.

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    Ya'll are way too good to me, I try to be humble and you guys make me feel like a genius. Oh man gm, a drill instructor for a teacher. Atleast he wasn't your gym teacher!

    I've just been continuing welding the bed floor, trying to go slow and not get any warps in it. Nothing really too exciting happening.

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    gmwillys has taught us that one of the secrets to welding sheet metal pieces onto old metal is to do it like house training a puppy; piddle a little and move on. Piddle some more and move on... After a while, all of the piddles make a puddle (so to speak).

    Good work!

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    That about sums up the process Chief.

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    I finished welding the bed floor tonight. I did over heat it so there's a bump in the middle, so that kinda sucks, but all in all it's in and plenty strong. So I'd say it's a success. Then I started to repair the tool box. The channel that run around the perimeter is completely rotten in the back. So I hammered some sheet metal to re0lace that. It's still needs lots of fine tuning but it's a start.


    I also scored some cool stuff at the Spring Carlisle swap meet. I found a tailgate (with willys script), the one I had, someone had tried to repair the bottom since it was rusted. But they just piled angle iron on it. Which wasn't a problem before, but now that the rear valence has been fixed, the gate won't close. So I found this one pretty cheap and it's really nice condition. There's no rust on it (I know that's hard to believe about parts for flossy) I also found a brand new bestop bikini top that was super cheap, and a supertrap muffler. I'll try on flossy, it might sound cool.
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    Depending on how much of a ripple you have on the rear floor, you can apply heat to the high part and quench it with a rag drenched in ice water. That will shrink the high spot to where it is less noticeable.

    The tail gate is quite the find! The super trap will be interesting to hear. You'll have to report back with your findings.

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    The original floor wasn't the smoothest thing 56'. I would say gm's method will get you close enough.

    Definitely a find on the tailgate. No rust on a scripted tailgate is a rare find indeed.

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    Continuing hacking and welding the toolbox. I got the top done, aside from some time with the grinder cleaning my welds. And I made a patch that will finish the front wall, but I didn't get it welded yet.

    I'll try that technique and try to eliminate some of the ripple in the floor. I'm not too concerned about it, except that it's right in the middle where if you put anything in the bed it pops. I'm definitely curious to see what the muffler sounds like.
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    Looking good.

    There are also shrinking disks that you can purchase to fit to your grinder. You run the disk over the high spot until it shrikes the metal.

    https://www.amazon.com/Dog-River-Too.../dp/B08286D2Q9

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