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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-12-2000, 11:06 AM
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Rear chassis support

Hello. I'm new to Binders and new to bodywork.
I just bought a 79 Terra with a 382 cu. in. chev
and NP203.

I have just purchased new door skins and new
rear quarters, will purchase new rockers etc., but
want to make sure the chassis/body is straight first.
The channel on the underside of the rear of the bed
that the rear body mounts bolt to is collapsing. Will
one from a Scout II fit? Is this channel spot welded
to the floor so that I can drill out the welds from
above? Are there any books that detail
how the body sheet metal fits together. I'm interested
in the area where the front fender meets the rocker and
floor board.

Thanks

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-12-2000, 07:34 PM
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Re: Rear chassis support

Yes, this crossmember is called the 'sill' (at least, that's what Super Scout Specialists called it). I replaced it
in my Scout II, and it should be the same in a Terra. It's spotwelded and bolted. I had a heck of a time getting
the two outermost bolts in - I think they're normally installed before the rear quarters are installed. If you plan
on going to fiberglass quarters, this would be a good time to replace the sill.
On the bodywork, I'm not sure if the manual has a diagram or not, but the fender is pretty easy to unbolt, and you should be
able to see things pretty well once it's off.

Later,
Curt

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Re: Rear chassis support

Hello Curt,

Do you think I could drill out the spot welds
from above, ie. the bed floor? This would sure
save me a lot of overhead work.

Jorg

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-13-2000, 03:36 PM
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Re: Rear chassis support

Yes, the spot welds are what attach the sill to the bed - they are not very difficult to drill out. There are
two bolts on each side that you need to remove the tailgate to get at. Then there is one per side that you reach from
underneath through a hole in one side of the sill (I don't remember if you have to remove the gas tank to get to them,
but you need to remove it to do the welding anyway). Then there is one more bolt per side that is way out right next
to the inside of the quarterpanel - this is the one that I had a b*tch of a time getting the bolts in when the new sill
was in place. I actually ended up drilling a hole through the end caps and putting them in backward. Hope you
have better luck.

Later,
Curt

post #5 of (permalink) Old 01-14-2000, 10:06 AM
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Re: Rear chassis support

So do I. I will find out soon.

Thanks Curt

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