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Old 06-26-2011, 05:23 PM
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I have a question for all the body experts out there. I have old pickup that runs like a champ, and the interior was recently replaced, but the body is shot. Looking at it, you could'nt tell because it has a nice blue paint job on it. But once you get closer you see all the cracks from body filler and some areas of bubbled rust. My question is can I repair the body filler cracks, or would it be best to try and find a donor body. I'm not trying to get it show room ready, because I know it will never be a worth alot of money, but I want a nice looking truck.

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If you want it to look good for a few months, slap the filler to it......If you want something that lasts, get some new metal.
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It all depends what the metal underneath looks like. Either the metal is rotton or the filler is cracking from a poor prep job.

If would just grind out the bad areas and see whats there.

Pics would help.
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The metal is cheap for these trucks its not worth doing filler work. Why spend ten hours fixing a 50.00 fender?? replacing everything will be cheaper in the long run and it'll look much better
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Well !!! Do you know for sure the body is bad ???? Or did someone do some bad body work .... I would strip the bad spot's and see really what's under there... Might just be a bad job... And a easy fix.. If it's real bad.. Then I would do like someone said..And just start replacing panels..
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Any of the old chevy trucks are worth fixin up,If you DIY...The after market parts fit pretty darn good and a good used bed 3-500.00 You can restore the truck very cheaply...and they sell fast....
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