Deep inside the Custom Classic Trucks world headquarters is the Source Interlink Tech Center. There, under the capable supervision of Jason Scudellari, many of the tech stories in the company’s various magazines are created. That’s a politically correct way of saying Jason does the work while the editors take photos, hand him tools and ask dumb questions.

Along with working on just about everyone’s magazine projects, Jason occasionally has the opportunity to turn his attention to his latest acquisition, a ’56 Chevy pickup. In rather rough shape, about the only positive observation that could be made about the cab was that from the door handles up it wasn’t bad.

To begin its resurrection the sheetmetal was sent out for media blasting. Upon its return, it was obvious that a number of patch panels would be required and that some poorly done repair work would have to be corrected. Undaunted, Jason thumbed through the Brothers Truck Parts catalog and found everything that would be required to bring the cab back to pristine condition:

Brothers’ Part Numbers

DHRP900 left lower door hinge repair panel
DHRP900 right lower door hinge repair panel
LDH8900 left lower door hinge brace
LDH8900 right lower door hinge brace
FRP5900 left floor pan with toe board
FRP5900 right floor pan with toe board
FDPR900 left door rear pillar
FDP900 right door rear pillar
LCC5900 left lower cab corner
LCC5900 right lower cab corner
ICC5900 left inner cab corner
ICC5900 right inner cab corner
ISPR900 left inner step plate and rocker
ISPR900 right inner step plate and rocker

In addition, Jason turned to the Eastwood Company for a couple of items to help the process:

Spot-weld removal bits 19004
Black Anti-Rust paint 160312

At one time saving a cab that needed this much work was way over the head of anyone but a very experienced and skilled metal worker. And if someone like that could be found, the labor rate to make those repairs would likely be far more than the end product would be worth. But two things have changed that—readily available patch panels and wire feed welders.

The Brothers patch panels are made from the same gauge material as the original body with all the correct contours for specific areas eliminating any trick metal forming. Wire feed welders like our Lincoln (Power MIG 180) are easy to use even for beginners, so rescuing a rusted cab is well within the realm of a do-it-yourselfer.

With time, patience and the necessary patch panels a rough truck can be brought back to life. Just cut carefully, keeping in mind it’s easier to take a little more off the body to make a patch panel fit than to add it back on. And you’ve probably heard this a million times—weld a little at a time to keep from warping the area out of shape. Then, when you’re all done comes the really cool part—you can say “I did it myself.”CCT