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Old 04-14-2014, 07:18 PM
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I recently purchased a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi, Quad Cab 4x4 and being from the midwest and obviously not having a very diligent previous owner this truck has some rust. The wheel wells of course, which I've found some patch panels for, the tailgate, seems easy enough to fix too. The frame has some surface rust which I've done a few coats of rust converter over, The body mounts on the cab have some surface rust as well. The rocker panels also have some rust. A couple have gotten holes.

My question is, should I just try to fix this myself or would I be better off enlisting a good body shop to get this truck to last for me? I hate replacing vehicles and I don't have a lot of time with work and family to be looking around or even fixing stuff. Maintenance isn't too bad, but a lot of this body work takes hours which gets me into trouble with the wife. For some rust like that any idea on what that could end up costing DIY vs body shop?
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The best stuff I've found is Fluidfilm. Blast everything you can hit, inside doors, rockerpanels, bumpers, frame, inside and out. As far as fixing, it's kinda hard to get a professional job, and a good job isn't cheap, so it's how much do you want to go. I also use a "Counteract" active electronic rust prevention system, seems to work. I wish I'd bought it when new.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:21 AM
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The price I got on this wasn't too bad, so I'd be willing to drop up to 1500 for it to get the rocker panels cleaned up and ensure the frame is in good shape and protected. Also to make sure the body mounts are solid as well. The stuff on the bed I'm willing to take a stab at myself. The cab is a different story. I'm not sure what I'm really doing there. I have found rocker panels available online, just don't know much about cutting them out and welding them in. Same with the body mounts.
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