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So I figured it would be a good time to start up a build thread for my T. Picked up front fenders and bedsides these past couple weeks through mextitan and Roadrunner fiberglass and am going to have quite an adventure installing these.

Note: I've never installed fenders/ bedsides in my life, never messed with fiberglass past boy scouts years back, and I've never done any major body work. So this will be a major stepping stone for my automotive knowledge and I'm quite exited to research and learn as I go...considering how much of a perfectionist I am this will be interesting...

On to the pics, beginning with a first glance at how the fenders fit, moving on to the first bit of fiberglass being laid to reinforce/ refit to my trucks needs:coolsmile


















And a happy Valentines Day gift from my truck, so I had it replaced :)



Feel free to post any critiques/comments/advice as I am very new to this and would most certainly appreciate the input! :)
 

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Cant wait to see how it comes out man. Just keep researching and learning. I have very little experience with fiberglass to but I have always felt the best way to learn something is by doing it.
 
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Looks like you're doing a great job RyBo... by the time you're done, you'll be a professional glass repairman... in fact, you wanna do mine too? for a twelve pack of beer? oh, yeah... just from looking at your pictures of the glass repair, I already have the subliminal fiber-itch going on... sheesh... :rofl:
 

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I would love to get fiberglass. But being a perfectionist myself, and reading how ugly most of them fit, I can't bring myself to do it. Hopefully you can change my mind.

Also you left us all hanging with the teaser pics of the roof rack/light set up you just got. Any more info? I love it and just might have to steal it! :D

I must admit, your truck has been one of the great inspirations that got mine to where it is today.

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Haha if you will become sick of laying glass very soon if you havent already. I had to do a lot of glass work awhile back on a clip I had for my ranger and it got old really fast. Especially since I had to put about 16+ hours into it of laying glass, then bondo then say and then do it again to get it to fit prefect. Thats problably why I have got around to doing it on my front glass on my titan yet. lol
 

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Cant wait to see how it comes out man. Just keep researching and learning. I have very little experience with fiberglass to but I have always felt the best way to learn something is by doing it.
I'm right there with you, figured it would only be the way I want it if I did it myself:teethmast

Looks like you're doing a great job RyBo... by the time you're done, you'll be a professional glass repairman... in fact, you wanna do mine too? for a twelve pack of beer? oh, yeah... just from looking at your pictures of the glass repair, I already have the subliminal fiber-itch going on... sheesh... :rofl:
Thanks man! Oh god I hope not, and I'd love to do yours though a twelve pack would be gone in a matter of a few hours, might need some more lol...and yeah I was a little itchy already but the real fun starts when the grinder comes out :)

I would love to get fiberglass. But being a perfectionist myself, and reading how ugly most of them fit, I can't bring myself to do it. Hopefully you can change my mind.

Also you left us all hanging with the teaser pics of the roof rack/light set up you just got. Any more info? I love it and just might have to steal it! :D

I must admit, your truck has been one of the great inspirations that got mine to where it is today.

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I hope this helps you out! As long as you have patience I think anyone could do it to be honest...
Ah I'll eventually get some pics/specs up of the rack as soon as the rain passes over the next couple days :) And why thank you, happy to be a guinea pig to your endeavors of modifications lol

Haha if you will become sick of laying glass very soon if you havent already. I had to do a lot of glass work awhile back on a clip I had for my ranger and it got old really fast. Especially since I had to put about 16+ hours into it of laying glass, then bondo then say and then do it again to get it to fit prefect. Thats problably why I have got around to doing it on my front glass on my titan yet. lol
As much as I hate to say it, I enjoyed every second of laying the glass, just because it's something new and I've always wanted to get into some form of body work...yeah to be honest I'd feel the same if I went through that much fun, which I have a feeling I'll be getting very close too:bangit:
 

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signing up to see your T when is all done... good luck with the project,dont forget to always wear a mask...
 

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that roof rack is sick!!
 

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Damn man mask and everything! I just inhaled the fumes. lol

Looking forward to seeing your pics of the bedside install since I will be ordering them here shortly.
 

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what size wheel and tires man. that roof rack is sick!!
 

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OK, can you be slightly more detailed for those of us that have no clue. Quick glimpse of the fenders showed me there is a phillips/10mm screw that is at the top of the door that you get from the side, there is one at the bottom that you get from between the driver door and fender, then there are 2 covered by the hood and then the hood prop looks mounted also. What else is there? How does the piece below the headlight come off, etc...?
 

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What is funny is that I am not worried about the fender stretching.

It would be nice if someone would say if they lengthened the rods that hold the bottom and if they showed where they cut.

If no one tells me, I will be doing a report on what I did and how.
 

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That's awesome man! Good luck with it, can't wait to see it done
 

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signing up to see your T when is all done... good luck with the project,dont forget to always wear a mask...
Thanks man, and I've learned to wear it religiously, whether dealing with paint or glass I don't want anything in my young healthy lungs

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Thanks man!

that roof rack is sick!!
Thank you

Damn man mask and everything! I just inhaled the fumes. lol

Looking forward to seeing your pics of the bedside install since I will be ordering them here shortly.
Haha I don't mind the smell of resin, but soon as it and the cloth hardens it's the last thing I want anywhere near me...and picked up the bedsides yesterday, and just by the looks of them it's going to be a party and a half lol

what size wheel and tires man. that roof rack is sick!!
325/50R22 (35"x12.5') on 22's, thanks!

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Thanks man!

OK, can you be slightly more detailed for those of us that have no clue. Quick glimpse of the fenders showed me there is a phillips/10mm screw that is at the top of the door that you get from the side, there is one at the bottom that you get from between the driver door and fender, then there are 2 covered by the hood and then the hood prop looks mounted also. What else is there? How does the piece below the headlight come off, etc...?

What is funny is that I am not worried about the fender stretching. It would be nice if someone would say if they lengthened the rods that hold the bottom and if they showed where they cut.

If no one tells me, I will be doing a report on what I did and how.
There's a total of 6 points where an OEM fender attaches to the body via 10mm screws. one up front beneath the headlight (also a hole with a grommet where the trim piece under the headlight goes) 2 bolts on top, one screw on the top side, one about a foot and a half below that you can access from the inside when the door is fully open, and finally the one on the bottom. I'll take pics and highlight them to make it easier to get...The piece below the headlight can be removed when the light is mounted but I highly recommend removing the light completely then sliding it out...or slide it out when it's mounted, choice is yours:bangit:\

Fender shouldn't stretch at all if you lay it down right when it's not mounted...if you're talking about the bedsides then just lay them on the bedrail top and tape them together in a neutral position...as for the rods that connect them I think everyone has their own way of going about that...

That's awesome man! Good luck with it, can't wait to see it done
Thanks man! I'm right there with you lol
 

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glass work doesnt look to bad. just make sure you get all the air bubbles out and make sure the surface it sanded good so it will grab. i hate fiber glass. i spent 2 weeks re-glassing 3 boat motor covers that flew off a guys boat while he was going 70mph..not fun. it sounds strange but rubbing pantie hose on your arms or wherever will take the fibers out of your skin haha. good luck! its going to look good
 

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glass work doesnt look to bad. just make sure you get all the air bubbles out and make sure the surface it sanded good so it will grab. i hate fiber glass. i spent 2 weeks re-glassing 3 boat motor covers that flew off a guys boat while he was going 70mph..not fun. it sounds strange but rubbing pantie hose on your arms or wherever will take the fibers out of your skin haha. good luck! its going to look good
I'm of the old school for fiberglass removal... stop fussing and let it work it's way back out, or rubbing alcohol then after it is all dry, good ole strips of gray duct tape... that also helps to remove any unwanted hairs as well... :rofl:
 

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glass work doesnt look to bad. just make sure you get all the air bubbles out and make sure the surface it sanded good so it will grab. i hate fiber glass. i spent 2 weeks re-glassing 3 boat motor covers that flew off a guys boat while he was going 70mph..not fun. it sounds strange but rubbing pantie hose on your arms or wherever will take the fibers out of your skin haha. good luck! its going to look good
That was my big thing load up the glass so i wouldn't have any air bubbles, I also loaded up the hardener so it was a thick soup consistency and although it was a ***** it came out damn perfect...and i LOVE the pantyhoes idea, I always did duct tape and damn I feel like I have parts of my arm that have permanent hair removal...no fun at all...

I'm of the old school for fiberglass removal... stop fussing and let it work it's way back out, or rubbing alcohol then after it is all dry, good ole strips of gray duct tape... that also helps to remove any unwanted hairs as well... :rofl:
Or hell just bear the pain like a real man :ftard:

So a pic of what brown Santa brought me, along with a pic of my lovely garage filled with too much fiberglass lol:teethmast


^3 pod pillar should be here soon:eyebrow:



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