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Old 03-23-2014, 06:51 PM
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I can tell right away that the cab mounts are toast. :/

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Old 03-23-2014, 06:55 PM
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Spent an hour or so pulling up all the sound deadening material and knocked out any loose rust. It's a lot worse than I was hoping...



Drivers side. I have my work cut out for me...


Passengers side... not any better
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:02 PM
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My long term plan with the Chinook is to eventually swap the camper portion onto a newer longbed, or possibly swap it onto a 4wd. That won't happen for awhile and I have a trip planned late this summer that I'd like to take the Chinook on.

Swapping the cab is probably too labor intensive for my schedule and finding a rust free cab might take awhile. This is the route I would rather take but I doubt I could get it finished in time for the trip.

My only other option at this point is to repair the damage the best I can. Has anyone tackled a job like this?
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:53 AM
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See my build thread, I replaced my entire floor pan, tunnel and body mounts
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Everything is relative, but that is really not that bad (to me), mine had been repaired in 1997 and the replacement metal was worse than yours. I had to rebuild the complete floor, half the rockers (other half I bought), mounts, lower firewall etc.. A very intimidating job to me but once I got in it, it isn't very complicated. I used 22 gau (like the original thickness, a bit thicker would be easier to weld like 18 or 16 gau) and went to work and it is going very well, not super pretty, but it's solid. It's no harder than just cutting, making a template, cut a clean piece of metal, and weld it in. If you don't have access to a welder you can use pop rivets, aroud here at the safety inspection if you weld a spot on the floor it doesn't pass, but if you rivet it it's fine..(don't know why).
Kawa's build thread was a great inspiration but if you want to feel better about your floors, look at my build thread, I should update it tonight or tomorrow too my floor is almost complete.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:44 PM
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See my build thread, I replaced my entire floor pan, tunnel and body mounts
Your build is absolutely amazing. I would love to do a frame off restoration on this camper one day.
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Sorry to see the rust!

Glad to see the progress
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1974 chinook shell with an 1981 toyota sr5 5 speed manuel

Wow Rusker good job getting in there and making it beautiful form the inside, out. Thats one of the nicest looking chinooks I've seen from the outside.

I have a chinook I am trying to sell because it's just too much work for me. Doesn't need much but I just don't know what I am doing... Thought it'd be easier that I had imagined.

Heres a link to it if you or if you know anyone who would like an easy project:

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/4810813237.html
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Old 12-19-2014, 04:05 PM
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if its just for one camping trip u could pop rivet the floor and fiber glass it.... if your planning on keeping the truck and want to fix fix it it doesnt look too bad compared to some ive seen online..its crazy how nice things look from the outside when your dealing with old vehicles..
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I have 2 77 Toyota campers(one is a Chinook). They both have a problem with water getting through the fender and hood but it was really bad with the Chinook and we had to rivet new medal into the floor pans like you did. Selling the Chinook in Lawrence KS soon- 105k runs great! Will post pics soon.
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I noticed you logged on today and found this thread.

What a cool camper! I always loved the Chinooks.

Do you have any updates?

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