Well for this update some good progress has been made, all of the exterior panels have been cut and buffed and the paint now has a super smooth finish. Currently waiting on some parts for the dash to finish putting it together so went to work putting the box together. My grandfather spend a couple of hours last week taking all the stainless carriage bolts and polishing the heads of them as well as the handful of button heads to add a little pop to the bed.
We had a few worries that we missed some small detail during mockup and with fitting the sides at the tail gate as there was a lot of issues with the gaps, but all the test fitting paid off as the tailgate fits perfectly and opens and closes with no issues. Once the bed sides, wheel tubs, front panel and tail gate were tightened down, installed the rear light harness and got the backup lights and tail lights reinstalled with new gaskets and lenses.
Also installed the side reflectors. As a little fun trivia, in 1968 every vehicle had to have lighted side markers due to new regulations on cars, but for some reason the chevy pickups were able to skirt this somehow by just installing reflectors in the sides. All 68 C10s from the factory had just reflectors, in 1969 it was spotty of reflector vs lighted and by 1970 the side markers were lighted.