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  • Originally posted by jim lee View Post
    Next few months? I'm trying to get this poor creature back on the road for this weekend! Does stainless lend itself to being welded to mild sheet metal? 'Cause it looks like that's how they installed them.

    -jim lee
    No, but my intention was to modify the attachment brackets to use some hardware.

    Next few months, yes... as in hopefully by Thanksgiving honestly. Unless its worth it to you to make it worth it to me, to change my order of operations and get to working on the window pans here sooner than later.
    1942 WC53 Carryall in progress.

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    • Alex and Jimmy, this was about 15 years ago but I made four window trays and welded them in. I put drain holes in the bottom of the pans and ran a rubber hose through the panel to under the truck so it would drain out. I sealed it and applied POR while the panel was open. I welded in new angle iron and tapped in new nuts for the window panels when the old ones were too far gone. There was also a lot of lose metal and rattling on my Carryall so I welded in new bracing around the windows. I haven't had any problems until last summer when the tray's drain holes filled up. I just got underneath the truck and blew out the hoses and the water drained out. Stainless would have be better but I have no way to weld it.


      Window trays 5.JPGWindow trays 6.JPGInside paint 2.JPGInside paint.JPG

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      • there are a lot of temporary fixes that should work for a decent amount of time until you can get your hands on a new box. A new box made from steel and painted with epoxy and then sealed with paint would outlast the truck. What causes most of these boxes to rust out is dirt and organic matter that holds water for months on end.
        You could line the bottom of the box with fibreglass and then seal it with a top coat of roofing tar. Lining the bottom with some sealing tape could work too. Another possibility is to build a temporary gutter out of flashing and place it under the existing box. these methods though temporary could last for years. I new I should have cut the boxes out of that wreck up in Barrier.

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        • I posted this on DPW forum, but by now its probably lost. So I'll repost it here for the Carryall folks.

          I'm letting one of my favorite local fabrication shops have go at making up the window box. I gave them the old box remains, we chatted and they took notes. They worried about the bits that were stamped and said they would be kinda expensive to do by hand. I told them to stop worrying about it and make it as close as possible..

          In the past I've been really happy with their work. Also their "expensive" is usually pretty low. Either market price or below.

          We'll see how this one goes. If it goes well, maybe they can make more?

          -jim lee

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