There are a few phases during a classic truck restoration that trigger enough anxiety for the home shop hobbyist to consider not tackling on his or her own. Bodywork, paint, wiring, and upholstery are the first to come to mind in this regard. With lowering your anxiety level in mind, we decided to team up with the folks at LMC Truck to see if we can ease some of the concerns relating to at least one of the aforementioned chores—rot repair and panel replacement.

Now, I’d be the first to admit that I’m no pro when it comes to this kind of repair. The most I’ve got going for me is that I’m not afraid to try my hand at just about anything the classic truck hobby can throw at me. This also means that although I’m about to share my experience, it may not be the final word on the subject by any means—but, at the very least I hope to show that with the help of the aftermarket (by supplying nearly every component we need to restore our trucks) and a bit of teeth gritting and elbow grease, any of us can work our way through chores that we’d previously thought had to be done by paid professionals. So let’s take a look at our subject Chevy pickup cab and see how I went about tackling the installation of a replacement cab corner—and keep in mind, if I can do this, any of you can. It’s just a matter of choosing quality replacement parts, as I’ve done here, taking a deep breath, and diving right in. CT

SOURCE
LMC Truck
15450 W. 108th Street
Lenexa
KS  66219
800-562-8782
http://www.lmctruck.com
HTP America Inc.
3200 Nordic Road
Arlington Heights
IL  60005
800-872-9353
www.htpweld.com