How To Build a Pickup Truck Bed + SEMA on Hands-On Cars 10 – Eastwood

How To Build a Pickup Truck Bed + SEMA on Hands-On Cars 10 – Eastwood


on this episode of hands on cars Matt
puts new bed sides on project pile house before we go to the SEMA Show in Las
Vegas to see the awesome 2,000 horsepower maximus charger and the
eastwood hands-on award winner hey guys i’m kevin gates and you’re
watching hands on cars this is project said slit and no you
can’t see it and keep it under wraps but trust me we’ve got a lot of work done on the
bodywork words of priming and block sanding and we’re going to show you all
of those details but we’re taking a bit of a break with hands on cars on project
said slit and we’re going to show you something really really cool if you
watched any of the eastwood videos you’ve probably seen project pile house
it’s a nineteen fifty dollars that’s had all kinds of cool custom treatment the topspin shop there’s a new firewall
put in it there’s a awesome hand-built one-off bombers eat and some
of the guys up in the R&D center at Eastwood are going to show you how to
make new bed sides for a project like this using Eastwood fab tool so it’s an
amazing project you gotta check it out oh and by the way
these are the wheels for projects that sled these are billet aluminum and their
41 inches of contact patch between the car and the road and no you can’t see
them either but trust me it’s going to be worth the wait because what we do
with these things it’s going to really really make the car
and it’s going to be true to the rendering and be a fantastic upgrade so
hang in there have patience trust me on this because
you’re going to love what you see in projects it’s late but in the meantime
check out pile house yeah it’s been a while since we’ve done a
video update on project pile house but I’ve been busy getting the interior the
steering and the brakes sorted on the truck not the front end is becoming pretty
darn solid it’s become increasingly obvious that we need to address the
carcass of the original bed on the truck you may remember a few years ago when we
showed you how we lengthen the original bed and build a new floor frame now what we didn’t show you was how
rusty the original bed was the original tailgate was literally falling off the
truck the bonds of the fenders look like Swiss
cheese I decided to make a custom bed basically from scratch I’ve already finished one side so that
you guys can get an idea what the final product is going to look like the
biggest change that I wanted to make was to ditch these boring boat trailer style
rear fenders favor of something with a little more shape our friends over AMD
hooked us up with a set of 47 – 55 Chevy pickup rear fenders and in the end this
is going to save us a ton of time and not having the source and repair an
original set of fenders the materials needed to do this project a pretty
minimal we’ve started with a sheet of 18 gauge
steel one and a half inch chromoly tubing for the top and the AMD rear
fenders the rest of the magic is in the layout and the tools used to create it
all along the way we’re going to show you some tips and tricks while we build
the second bedside let’s get started yeah I began by marking the sheet metal for
the wheel opening and the lines that i plan to bend and cut then I notch the bottom of the md Chevy
fenders so they would sit down onto the running boards yeah yeah after cutting out the wheel opening i
use quick owes to temporarily set the bedside in place I then laid out the design we’d be
following on the bead roller yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah I mean that the side panel was so large
i recruited some extra hands around Eastwood to help out with rolling the
beads prototype Eastwood forming guys were
used to recreate the finished factory pressed look that I was looking for yeah careful way out and steady hands will
only get you so far and you’re running long straight aids in a paddle eastwood bead roller fence bolts to the
frame and allows you to run the edge of the panel against the guide to give you
a laser straight lines every single time don’t be afraid to attack weld some
scrap metal to your guide to run beats closer to the edge than the tool with
normally allow out of the box the speed roller will handle most projects you can
throw it with a little modification though the possibilities are endless you need to run a lot of long straight
beads in your panels and this tool right here it’s really a no-brainer yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah after a quick test fit defender and side
panel where where I had traced and it was time to take the bedside down to our
friends at Palladino metal fabrication there we were able to use the 20-foot
break to put the bend along the entire top of the bedside for this build I wanted to well the
piece of round tubing to the top of the bedside for structure and appearance and
know if I planned ahead i could minimize the grinding to the welds to achieve
this I needed to Grande Valley into the
tubing for the panel to Lyon this valley had to be as straight as possible so we
decided to clamp a piece of hanger wire on the tubing so we had something for
the grinder to run against after a few passes we had a nice perfectly straight
valley that we could lay the sheet metal the weld puddling the result is flush
panel fit with minimal need for grinding yeah yeah with the bedside reinstalled and the
tubing notched be clamped in place and ran short welds from one end to the
other slowly working any excess slack out of
the metal to keep the bedside supported and queen I cut and welded inbox tubing on the
inside of each corner with the bedsides coming together I couldn’t bear leave in the rear of the
bed untouched the market i threw together a roll pan using the English
wheel and the shrinker stretcher to formula using the eastwood aviation snips to cut
off the excess from the bottom rear corner of the bed then use the fairmount
hammer and Dolly set to tip the edge and give a contour that match the roll pan yeah the last portion of the bed to make was
the front panel we decided to make a two-piece front panel that sandwich box
tubing operates for rigidity yeah one paddle down one more to go with both panels fitting properly it was time to install the uprights yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah ok to top it off I took another piece of
tubing like we used in the bed sides and cut out the center so that it could slip
over the front panels and sandwich the box – yeah the result is a queen tight fit with no
obvious welds four fasteners even though we didn’t do very much
welding on this seam right here this tube is still a lot of weight to be
hanging off the edge of the bed over time this could cause pain to crack
or the weld seam that potentially fail i decided to make up a handful of these
braces right here to support the bottom of the tubing to alleviate that issue I cut out the rough shape using a set of
eastwood aviation snips and then I sand everything down for a perfect fit using
Eastwood belt sander finally in the end I drilled some speed
holes to add some style to the function yeah yeah yeah ok the fabrication of the bed almost
complete a set of 62 old ed tail lights mounted into the roll pan should really
add a nice touch yeah it’ll take a little more fabrication the
blend the lights into the panel with a lot of work and tons of help from others
here at Eastwood project pile house finally has a brand new bed I still have a little more work to do to
the roll pan and some minor adjustments to make the bed I’d say this is a massive improvement
over what we started with originally follow the pile house build on eastwood
blog to catch future updates including making a custom floor and tailgate for
this bed subscribe to our channel or to catch up
on previous updates make sure you put the links right here
thanks for watching we’ll catch you later hands on cars is
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company we’re at SEMA 2014 we’re here with the car is getting a ton
of buzz this year it’s a car by Nelson racing of Maximus in bare metal that’s over 2,000 horsepower I was sean
from Empire fabrication thanks for having us showing did a lot
of the metal work on the farther you see that’s in bare metal well its got Nelson racing motor pushing
2,000 horsepower at 38 pounds of boost on race gas on pump gas is pushing
anywhere from 1400 horsepower to 1,500 horsepower and then he’s got what he
calls a race fuel on demand so as you give it more gas and automatically shuts
off the pump gas and turns into the race gas kicking it up to 2,000 horsepower that’s just ridiculous so this thing has
you know has a crazy engine but then has a lot of crazy body modifications that
you had your hands and doing some of well the main thing that you’ll probably
notice is the back of the car has been widened six inches of the white body
starts at the front of the door and then as it goes back and gets three inches
wider right before the front tire and then sh three inches all the way to the
back so the whole rear of the car was
stretched six inches the taillights were pushed out and the bumper is why you to
match it cool so the obviously the bumpers fit a
lot better than they did from the factory of the bumpers front and back
have been built tucked and narrowed and then we modified to fit the front
corners defenders and the rear quarters in the rear and then the front apron has
been modified to talk up next to that front bumper and we added a nice little
chin spoiler on it so this thing was metal finish last year
but you guys have to your crunch and right at the last minute to get this
thing done well there’s what happened well there was a few issues the car was
driven in the new Fast and Furious it’s going to be a hero car when they drew it
some of the stuff wasn’t quite done yet we had some wrinkling so we had a real
metal finish a lot of the rear body when I was doing I brought in my old bullseye
pics which actually helped a lot in the metal finishing we just had a few little
dents I mean with last year there were a lot of people touching the car lot of
little finger you know dense you know from the car is already a thing car and
then with the wide-body it just got a little bit thinner when we were metal
finishing also we use the bullseye pics to pick up some of those lows level out
the body get a fully metal finished this would take 200 you want to test it out
what’s your thoughts on on the 6 200 once you got it – 200 it’s it’s a really good welder it’s
great for you know a garage and a journey man I’ve been doing all my sheet
metal welding with its been welding really nice the wells are coming out you know nice
and fly clean weld aluminum really well I mean there’s there’s not really enough
settings to confuse you so if you’re just learning how to take world it’s a really good welder for you it’s
cool so I’m glad to hear that you’re doing this type of work with a TIG
welder it’s under a thousand bucks that’s easy gives us all some hope well thanks for talking to us about the
car in the shop and all-natural later that day yeah everybody it’s bad for me some company
we’re at SEMA 2014 we be picked out 10 of our favorite cars
and put it out to you the customers like you decide which of yours was the
favourite with jay from g3 rods and we’re looking at this 37 Packard congratulations thank you
love you guys and your tools huh thanks man appreciate it what went into
that you know what’s the history behind this car how do you guys get a hold of
it we just got a shop in town called g3 raj
and the customer come in with it this is gonna be a third one we’re going to
build from him and it just started just didn’t work out for him so we end up
buying it for myself so we build at the shop car and I know a lot of these
things I’ve seen their basket cases when people start with them what kind of shape was just in when you
know when you originally got your hands always a pretty rough no it wasn’t too bad he got out of a
junkyard and canter Colorado hope it wasn’t too bad it’s still had the
original blue paint on it had been wrapped a little bit but not too bad you
know your normal little rough spots but it was in really nice shape so now you know obviously it’s been
modified for debate it’s been it’s been shot you know it’s been set on a different
chassis connect with you know what some of the some of the big modifications you
guys did to get the fuel line but like you said we went shopping in an inch and
a half in the front there channeled it put it on Art Morrison chassis let’s sit down nice and low accuair air
management systems on it and everything a lot of people say is trying to figure
out what it is you don’t like shit if you know a Packard grille you know it
but a lot of them can’t quite put their finger we just built our own – put a classic
instrument gauge in the middle there and put it’s a 39 40 inch TV they’re cut it down to fit in there everything a good friend of our stand
weber Webber’s custom interiors put all white leather interior and therefore it
was cool though yeah you know Colin floors of course in
there was right how long is the carbon done you know is
this something you guys just finished up no this was going down for about two
years now we know what we forgot about a thousand miles somewhere right in there
on it and we just went this fri about this last show really might take it to
control just so we go there one time right this is right about the end of it
for showing me where you know a lot of metal work went into this thing and I
know you mentioned that you guys had a little bit East with tools around what
kind of Easter tools at the end up using on this project we like to throw the
sheared tons of click goals of glory about everything and we are various
hammer stalling Shrieker stretchers how’s your normal just metal fabrication
tools and you know we buy a lot from us with that they’re good price and good
value for what they are they in the shop for five years six years and they’re
sold out let’s can’t beat that thanks for being
nice to a customer really appreciate it we can’t can’t wait to see what happens
with the car from here on you and good luck in Detroit thanks

One thought on “How To Build a Pickup Truck Bed + SEMA on Hands-On Cars 10 – Eastwood

  1. Absolutely amazing video, I ve seen alot of people saying it's an old video, how ever I never saw it.
    Im glad it was uploaded here as it gave me a chance to see it

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