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Old 06-09-2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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last night, trying to make a u-turn from the street into a parking lot and BAM!, passenger side of truck, the bed, rails a concrete pole in the parking lot. Pics coming. Not creased but still ugly. I'll need help deciphering repair so thanks in advance.

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Old 06-09-2013, 10:10 AM   #2
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What year truck, make, model, etc.?

Start calling the places that do the stake body conversions. If the truck is somewhat new, they have the beds cheap a lot of time.

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Yeah that sucks. I've replaced a few bedsides over the years...lots and lots of spot welds to drill out. Like was previously stated, see about a whole new box at a place that does utility box conversions. May be cheaper in the long run.
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Up in the Northern part of the country, those years were known to rot out bad around the back wheel wells, so I would think after all these years, take-off boxes would be hard to come by and expensive if you did find one...............
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Up in the Northern part of the country, those years were known to rot out bad around the back wheel wells, so I would think after all these years, take-off boxes would be hard to come by and expensive if you did find one...............
You are right about that in most aspects... That's why I always did just the box sides. I could get them thru our body shop for about $120 a side at cost. Labor intensive though. Hopefully he has better luck down south...
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Your truck or company truck? If company truck.....not a good start to that new job....
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Wheres our pictures of the carnage, we just have to see this!
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Not the company truck, my diesel, 2001 F250 7.3 Powerstroke Turbo Diesel. I believe the paint is called dark highland green, now with yellow.

Pics coming, let me take a few.
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Before.


After. Not the best pics, I need to take some in the daylight tomorrow.






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Unless I'm missing something, that doesn't look very bad at all. Course that's easy to say when it's not your truck. I don't have any skill in that area but I've seen much worse than that come back looking brand new from a decent body shop. Good luck.
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Get some Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound and use that to remove the paint from the pole.

Then get behind the bed and see if you can work out any of the dents. Do some Youtube searches for paintless dent removal. Not the dry ice videos. The ones where they drill tiny holes and insert rods to push out the dents.

It won't be perfect, but it may not need to be repainted either.
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Why fix it...you will only dent it again.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:49 AM   #14
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I don't mind a few scratches here and there, I do work out of it and why I bought a used work truck in the first place, but ugly is not cool, big old nasty dent.

I think I can kick it out from under the truck, it's not creased. I'm going to try and avoid having to drill any holes as that will lead to rust. Then I'll try and buff out the paint the pole left on the bed.
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http://www.harborfreight.com/7-piece...set-31277.html

Depending on how much access you have to the backside, I have used a kit similar to this one.

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