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Old 05-23-2012, 12:28 AM
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Hey fellas I haven't been on in awhile and am wanting to start working on my truck and I have some body work that needs to be done. On my tailgate I have a big dent in it towards the top right. My question is can I use bondo to fill it in and just repaint or should I replace the tailgate?






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Old 05-23-2012, 01:37 AM
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Will Dodge tailgates are a seal unit which sucks. So like mine you need to use a dent puller to get most of the dent out. But bondo will work. From the looks of yours you might need to replace it due to where the damage is. Too close to where the latch is. you might not be ble to align it back up.
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I'll have to take a better picture tomorrow in the day light but right where that scratch is to the right it is flat. The part your seeing is just where there isn't any paint and it's rusted so I might try bondo and if it turns out bad ill replace it
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It looks to me like the edge of the tailgate where it meets the bed corner is tweaked quite a bit. You can use just filler to repair a dent, but if made over 1/4' thick it will probably crack after a year or so. On top of that you cant fix the edge of a panel with filler, because you will have an extra thick edge that will pop off the first time it get hit with something. It would take me around 8 hours to fix your tailgate with a hammer/dolly, and a stud welder. You may be able to find a straight tailgate for around $60 or less. So basically I would just replace it. You have to ask yourself what your time is worth.
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I guess that's what I will have to do and just repaint it thanks
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It's good advice. My gate took two, count 'em, two, hits from the same trailer crank while loading hay. 5 or 6 people standing there while I was backing into the barn and nobody said a word. After a few hours hammering I came to the conclusion some things aren't worth fixing. So it became a nice target for the .308 and some kid in Indy sold me his...off his truck in a parking lot...for $50. Perfect gate...Go figger.
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Thats what I would do is just get a replacement would be cheeper and better in long run. I think that close to the edge it would crack any way after a few closes.
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Anything you have to fix in regards to body work, is about labor vs. a replacement part. I've turned down many jobs in the past because I knew I could get a part in a junk yard for $150, but I would have to charge $300 minimum to repair the existing metal. Always remember though no matter how bad it looks it can be fixed if you can't locate a replacement.
The floor in my K5 was so bad it had to be cut completely out including all the braces. The factory panels and braces would have run me around $400 just for the sheet metal parts plus a lot of my time to weld them in. So due to limited funds I started with a flat sheet of 16 guage and 3/16" plate that I had $120 in, and built my own floor design. The result was still very time consuming but better strength, and more options to add options later.







The point is sometimes it's better to just swap parts, but you should still learn whatever you can when you can, and add a few tools to your collection evertime you see a good deal.
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