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Re: '69 GMC 2500- More Questions

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Posted by Deere Puller on March 26, 2002 at 17:03:24 from (209.105.187.197):

In Reply to: '69 GMC 2500- More Questions posted by TP from Central PA on March 26, 2002 at 13:05:23:

The 67-72 series had a few notable areas to check for problems, mainly around the drip-edge and the cowl. I have a '69 & my father has a '71, both of which I restored over the last few years. Mine, the rougher of the two, had rust problems in the drip-edge area, which makes its way to the windshield lip, and near the heater box on the cowl. The drip-edge is really a three piece seam that is sealed with adhesive sealant, which usually hardens, shrinks & cracks after days of sun / cold. Water gets under & voila, you've got problems. I fixed mine by chiseling out the seam sealer (hard as nails), lightly sand-blasting the channel, laying down a good coat of POR-15 & re-sealing with a more flexible seam sealer. The rust, following the seam to the windshield gasket, caused an annoying leak that was taken care of at this time as well. As for the cowl, the biggest problem is that these trucks did not come with cowl screens to keep leaves, pine needles & etc. from the cowl area. The usually collect along the firewall & can cause serious problems. My '69 was rotted clean through near the heaterbox, but after a little time with the MIG & some fresh 20 ga. sheet, it's as good as new.

These are good trucks w/ a ton of character - You'll really enjoy owning one, even if that 12 gal fuel tank won't let you pass a gas station! Good Luck & Have fun with it!

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