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Has anyone here ever made a patch panel for their running boards? I got a set for my 48 chevy p/u but there is a rusted through spot on both boards. I would like to cut out the bad spot and replace but the problem is the boards are ribbed. What is the best way to recreate these ribs in a piece of sheet metal. Thanks.

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Sorry....I forgot to mention the fact that I would like to do this with typical tools as I don't have a bead roller etc. Thanks again
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Hammer form...take a piece of oak or hardwood and rout some ribs in that then clamp the sheet metal to that and using a square tipped punch pound the metal down into the grooves..takes a lot of practice but if you can make short pieces of ribbed metal work this can be done..you need to allow for some spring back in the metal when you make your hammer form..

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My first choice is to find an old running board that has a section in it good enough to cut out and weld into your boards. Then you just do the body work. I like to spray my metal running boards with a good quality bed liner with Line-X being my favorite. But even if you do this, the body work still has to be as good as if you were going to paint it. The bed liner material just keeps you from having to fight off the inconsiderates that want to park their big brogans on your nice paint job.

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