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07-26-2012 05:49 PM Bed rebuild cont.
After I got quite a few spot welds and tacked the top edge I installed it for a test fit and to place the angle bracket so that I could weld it in place.


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07-26-2012 05:45 PM Bed rebuild cont.
I then drilled some holes to spot weld the side to the pockets and very carefully and slowly started to weld it as to not warp the side.


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07-26-2012 05:43 PM Bed rebuild cont.
I then painted the weld able surfaces with weld through primer and some blue paint in the pockets.


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07-26-2012 05:42 PM Bed rebuild cont.
While I had the skin off I noticed that the cage nut for the tailgate hinge was missing so we made one.


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07-26-2012 05:40 PM Bed rebuild cont.
My next step was to align and weld the angles to the bed sides, but when I cleaned off the paint to weld you guessed it more Bondo and plenty of it. After I got the Bondo off I found cracked, rusted out and brazed metal. So I decided to replace the entire bed skin. I had a piece of steel laying around that would work, so I cut it to fit and had a local sheet metal shop bend a angle along the bottom edge. During this process I found a metal cutting blade for a circular saw so I thought what the heck. I bought one and I do not regret it. Nice strait cuts and no warping where was this a few years ago?


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