Builds 68' M715, AKA "Smokey" (Can I post this Jeep on MUD?) (1 Viewer)

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Bed fab devilry...

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And this one broke. Obviously not enough booger weld

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Probably a jerry can mount gone totally sideways... please appreciate the far from round torched out hole. Nobody ever bothered to even clean up the slag

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Old bed fender gussets

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Gaining skills... Goal accomplished. Your Tig welding skills look great! That bed seam looks pretty dang straight.

Thanks! The bed is very solid overall. I was expecting to see a lot more rot after getting the 4-5 layers of paint blasted off of it. The metal is also 16 gauge which I'm sure helps. But picking it up? That requires a tractor or a engine hoist, it's that heavy.

It DOES have a lot of metal fatigue, essentially all the upper corners are badly cracked. My guess is that it did many, many miles on rough gravel roads with stake side boards rattling around like crazy. Definitely fixable tho
 
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This is all pretty amazing stuff. Are you familiar with either of the 2 other m715's running around the Eastside? One has a pine tree logo on the doors and I think a big block for power. The other I've only seen once, and I don't think has anything too crazy under the hood.
 
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This is all pretty amazing stuff. Are you familiar with either of the 2 other m715's running around the Eastside? One has a pine tree logo on the doors and I think a big block for power. The other I've only seen once, and I don't think has anything too crazy under the hood.
No, I’ve only seen one other M715 out in the wild and actually driving under its own power. It was cruising around town and not like the ones you described. Be fun to see some more tho!
 
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Hey. Which place in our area do you like for metal sourcing? I recently grabbed some "scrap" by the pound from Everett steel for practice work, and they seemed like good people. I've also been down to metal supermarket in Kent a couple of times. Anyone else worth talking to?
 
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Hey. Which place in our area do you like for metal sourcing? I recently grabbed some "scrap" by the pound from Everett steel for practice work, and they seemed like good people. I've also been down to metal supermarket in Kent a couple of times. Anyone else worth talking to?
Everett Steel is always good, I just got the DOM through them although I order it from a friend with a commercial business so it's a bit cheaper then retail. I've been doing walk-up purchases from them for years.

OnlineMetals is also very good and they are in South Seattle. If you sign up for an account, they regularly have 20% off coupons. I buy a lot of smaller, specialty stuff from them. Like 316L or specific alloys like the 7075 aluminum for the steering.
 

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