1967 Patrol Soft Top "Edgar"

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Postby Edgar » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:33 pm

Doing a little clean up on the rear doors. I want to avoid bondo/filler if I can. Edgar will have bumps and bruises but the rust will be mitigated and hopefully he will look better.
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Postby mdawg4x4 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:03 pm

Edgar wrote:Doing a little clean up on the rear doors. I want to avoid bondo/filler if I can. Edgar will have bumps and bruises but the rust will be mitigated and hopefully he will look better.
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For those times I cannot get to the back side to hammer and dolly the dents out, I want a dent puller like this.

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Postby Edgar » Wed May 13, 2020 9:44 pm

Would someone be able to tell me if these 16" wheels are original to the '67 Patrol? They have the tabs on them to hold hubcaps. I took them off the vehicle last night which was a bit of a chore as they haven't been off the vehicle since 1979.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Wed May 13, 2020 9:51 pm

No. They look like maybe Chevy.
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Postby Edgar » Wed May 13, 2020 9:56 pm

Well, that maybe what I will have to go with, as the vehicle already has four of them. As the wheels are off, what are the first steps in removing the brake drums?

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Postby moore_rb » Thu May 14, 2020 9:01 am

Hey Derek-

RP is correct- those are Chevy truck wheels.

You say they are 16 inch diameter? Can you tell me how wide they are?

51-54 Chevy trucks had a 16x5 inch wheel that is essentially the same size and offset as the original 16 inch patrol wheels. If that's what you have there, then fitting Patrol-sized tires onto them should be a snap.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Thu May 14, 2020 10:25 am

The first step to removing the drums is to adjust the brake shoes, backing them off all the way. Then, a small pry bar - but don't pry against the backing plate, it will just bend - a big hammer or mallet, and some WD40 or other break free type lube. Hit outward on the outer edge of the drum, turn the wheel a little, hit and pry, turn the wheel a little hit and pry, repeat a bazillion times until the drum drops on your foot.The rears are a little easier because you can pry from the center of the drum over the axle shaft, fronts are not as easy.
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Postby Edgar » Thu May 14, 2020 11:12 pm

moore_rb wrote:Hey Derek-

RP is correct- those are Chevy truck wheels.

You say they are 16 inch diameter? Can you tell me how wide they are?

51-54 Chevy trucks had a 16x5 inch wheel that is essentially the same size and offset as the original 16 inch patrol wheels. If that's what you have there, then fitting Patrol-sized tires onto them should be a snap.


The wheels are 5 1/4" wide.

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Postby moore_rb » Fri May 15, 2020 8:37 am

Edgar wrote:
The wheels are 5 1/4" wide.

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Well that's the best of the "2nd best" options for wheels, IMHO- They will take the exact same tire sizes as a 16 inch OEM Patrol wheel; so when a set of Patrol wheels falls into your lap someday, you wouldn't have to re-purchase tires :handgestures-thumbup:
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Postby Daner » Fri May 15, 2020 10:36 am

The Chevy wheels don’t look bad. IMHO, they look better than white spoke or 1980s mag wheels on a Patrol
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Postby Edgar » Sat Jun 06, 2020 2:53 pm

Got a little priming in before the thunderstorms hit today. I think the Chevy wheels will do just fine.
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Postby Edgar » Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:00 pm

Also finished blasting my gas tank. Top looks good but the bottom has a few holes. Not sure of the status of this one. I don't think this is what came with the vehicle so may not be worth trying to save. Thoughts?
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Postby RiverPatrol » Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:45 pm

The tank is interesting. It looks like it’s obviously been in there long enough to develop the same rust issues as the stock tanks, but it isn’t a stock tank. How did the filler neck even connect to it? :think:
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