After fitting the box to our powder coated frame last week. We have since prepped it by blocking out the aluminum and grinding down any visible welds then sent it next door to have powder coated to match the cab. This week we have been busy building as much of our cab off the frame as we can before laying it on the frame for a final time. We are installing things like our gauges, brake booster and steering column. Getting the roll bar to fit back in without scratching any of the powder coat was a challenge but with a few heavy duty ratchet straps we managed to squeeze it back into place. The cab went together pretty smoothly and now we can get it on our frame.
Now that our cab is on the frame we can fit our other front end components for final fit up before we send them to get some color as well. We had to widen our #4023 extra wide front fenders an additional 4” to get the tire coverage to match the rear.
The idea now is to adjust everything up front in order to get even gaps all around making sure the pieces are centered and level. Taking your time with this step will ensure we get a super nice finished product. After a few hours of adjusting all the front end components we were happy with the results, and it could all be taken apart again to be prepped for powder coating. We are getting close to finalizing this build and I for one am getting antsy to hear it come to life.
*Disclaimer, Aqualu only builds vehicles for in house abuse, we do not offer build services.*