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Old 02-21-2011, 07:12 PM
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Nice price finds ! Way to go Toms Blue Ram ! You are right about the bedside replacement, it can be tough. If you have the time, patience, and the tools and some equipment anything is possible ! Sometimes you can get lucky at a salvage yard and get the whole bed for about the price you would end up spending on a new side, materials. etc.
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Like it was mentioned earlier, the bed would have to come out, drill out the spot welds, put the new metal on, paint it, etc. The rear door needs a new one, the front door might can be salvage but it would take a lot of time so more than likely they will replace it. Stud welding gun is what most people use to pull out dents and if you dont know what your doing it can make it worse, On an old muscle car or something I would say try it but not on a newer car. Leave it up to the pros as everyone else has said.
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A skin replacement is definitely at the bottom of the list. It looks like a major PIA. I've read several industry articles about what a hard time technicians have with it. I'm definitely leaning more toward replacing it with a used. However, I like what the guy from Cali said about beating it out and goobering it up with bondo. A friend of mine recommended I do that and use some sort of planer (Stanely surform) to work it down vs. sanding. Ever heard of that? But anyway, as our friend from Cali said, I've been riding around for over a year with it disfigured, it's not going to get too much worse. Right now the project is on hold because I have work commitments that will prevent me from spending any significant amount of time on it. In the mean time, I may call around to junk yards and see if I can get a hold of some parts.

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Replacing a bedside and doorskin involves welding, and adhesives/epoxy/sealants that you likely do not have direct access to. Body shop FTW.

Since you do not want to do that, I have a hunch if you look, and I mean REALLY look, you can find all your parts used (color doesnt matter) for around $1,000. Then you can throw them on as is, or paint them (even one at a time as extra money comes in).
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I just did a bedside replacement last summer. It the panel was around $600 but the total bill with labour & material came to $2500. If you're looking to do things yourself I'd just do what everyone else is saying and buy a used box and a used door. Buy a cheap pot gun, fill the dents and dings on your truck and have at it. Then you would probably have a body job that is closer to manageable for your 1st project and still save a bit of money. My opinion is that you'd be better off to just put the box and door on, then take it to a body shop to have prepped and sprayed, for what it will cost vs the value loss to your truck when people notice paint sags, cracking fill and runs in the paint, because after all there is no difference in experience between you and those kids at the shop that you refer to as parts changers. But, I'm pretty sure you're not interested in going that route.
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