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I would just look for a complete cab. I just found a cheap 90, that had the body panels beat up, and swapped the good metal over. Ended up with a 360 TBI to sweeten the deal.

Hate to think of how many cabs with good roofs I scrapped over the years. This was a good cab I could not even give away 15 years ago. I kept the dash, and the floor hump.

You do need to be concerned over your states VIN laws. Most do allow swapping to a new body for rebuild, or restoration purposes. Or just get the title for the new cab.

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that’s a good idea, do y’all think a first gens would work because there’s a lot more of those around here.
That front edge of the roof changed somewhere along the line.

You can see here it is more squared at the top then yours.

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Yes, the 80's RC kept the rounded roof line of the 70's.

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All 3 of my R/C and a shortbed I used to have are New Jersey trucks and have been outdoors and in snow/salt most of their life and have no evidence of rust. Not sure how or why some rust like that. I did have a pickup that had more rot than metal though. A while back I cut the front roof section off an R/C that I scrapped that had zero rust in that area. Go figure.
Yes, it is interesting. I have seen some super rusted out stuff, but never seen a rusted out roof, except for on the web. Wheel wells, fenders, rockers, body cross members, yes.
 

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I knew it changed, just was not sure when. The back window also changed the mid 70's I think.
 

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In the northwest they rust from the top down.
I was thinking it might be more a northwest thing, but cannot remember where some of the others were from.
 
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