i am in the process of replacing my HT's.The body is off chassis.my present issue is the roll bar attaching bolts.I can see the threaded ends of them but I cannot find the bolt heads. Do I need to cut an access hole somewhere ? any help would be appreciated. Thanks
Two of the bolt heads are between the trough and body panel and must be accessed by removing a small portion of the body panel below the level of the sill. The inner bolts can be accessed by removing the lower portion of the inner panel below the arm rest. Then access holes can be cut with a hole saw through the fibregass bulkhead to reach the inner bolts, or you can enlarge the section of the outer body panel removed to reach the same area. The removed sections can be replaced by bonding strips of fibreglass around the perimeter of the section to create an inner flange that will allow the removed section to bonded back into position. I prefer to do as much removal on the inside and minimize the area of work on the outside as invariably the seams of the repair will sink in time and show. By keeping the outside cuts below the sill level, any sinking is not readily visible.
Thanks.I'll resume removal later.It looks like there is a row of rivets connecting the metal piece just above the rocker with the outer section of the ht's.I didn't look for rivets for an outer piece while i was in the cab removing the inner ones.if there are some i will remove the dynamat that is there and drill them.
There are 2 or 3 rivets forward of the front door opening and in line with the rivets covered by the filler. These are often accessed by removing a section of the front fender. I elected to remove a section of the inner kick cowl to get at 2, and cut a section of the lower hinge pocket bottom to access the third - not easy but it can be done. I understand it is common practice to cut the troughs that you are removing and grind off these rivets, and not bother to replace them upon new trough installation. I prefer to install all the rivets that were meant to be there. I took pictures when I did the job, but unfortunately they are not digital, and I haven't got around to setting up my new printer/scanner because I know that will be frustrating. I'm waiting for my son to come down and do it.
I replaced the right side on my R2 with the stainless steel 4 pc. from CI Took a while, but came out real nice. Trying to build up the energy to do the other side. Running on about half power due to Multiple Myeloma. In remission at ths time. Alllen