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Msauriol
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Apr 30, 2020, 1:59 PM

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Hi, can this be fixed by someone with no body work experience?

I've got the paint for this 2008 f150 but that's it. I know I have to remove all the rust but beyond that I don't know how to fill this whole.

Any and all tips appreciated.

Martin







(This post was edited by Msauriol on May 5, 2020, 3:04 PM)


Double J
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Apr 30, 2020, 9:07 PM

Post #2 of 14 (1147 views)
Re: Whole in my side Sign In

Please reduce the size of the pics, makes this too hard to read
To properly fix this, you can buy "Cab Corners" ,Google them, and also google how to do this
Takes some high skill to do it right
Truck appears to be in good shape so I wouldn't do a half ass job
But of you want to cover it, they make some replacement "quick covers" Click Here
Click here for Cab Corners


Msauriol
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May 1, 2020, 4:00 AM

Post #3 of 14 (1126 views)
Re: Whole in my side Sign In

Thanks for the tip, didn't know cab corners existed.
Will fix the pic size.


Sidom
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May 1, 2020, 8:23 AM

Post #4 of 14 (1114 views)
Re: Whole in my side Sign In

That rust is pretty excessive.
I'm not a bodyman but have seen it done and I worked at a shop right next to a body shop for years.

That rusted piece is going to have to be cut out and a new one welded in there. You would either need to get a good piece from a donor truck or fab one out of sheet metal.

Cutting a one piece out and welding it back into the truck, where it looks good, take a tremendous amount of experience. Fabbing a piece from sheet metal, takes double that amount.

Painting is a bit easier with the paints today but that takes skill as well.
The guys next door let me spray a 1/4 panel once, that came out real good, I was pretty impressed with my skills. Looking back at it, it was probably the same as Dad letting me drive the car around the block sitting in his lap..... Yea... I did drive the car.... but who knows what would've happened without the close supervision..... ;O


Msauriol
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May 1, 2020, 8:44 AM

Post #5 of 14 (1108 views)
Re: Whole in my side Sign In

I hear you. And the other side is identical. Must be a model flaw.

Thanks for the feedback, will check out the cab corners first and if it turns out I need to do major body work, will probably bring it to the shop.

Thanks!


Hammer Time
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May 1, 2020, 2:07 PM

Post #6 of 14 (1078 views)
Re: Whole in my side Sign In

It appears to be a pocket that traps road salt and will likely continue to happen.

Repairing rust is a futile job. No matter what you do, it will come right back. DJ and Sidom are right about cutting out the metal and replacing it but even that will not be permanent.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on May 1, 2020, 2:10 PM)


Msauriol
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May 1, 2020, 2:14 PM

Post #7 of 14 (1070 views)
Re: Whole in my side Sign In

What about just fixing the visible part and leaving a whole underneath for the water to drain?

Thanks for the feedback, really cheering me up ;)


Hammer Time
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May 1, 2020, 2:18 PM

Post #8 of 14 (1065 views)
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If you don't cut out ever bit of rust it will come back before you even finish painting it.

The salt will get in there even if you leave the bottom open.



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Tom Greenleaf
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May 1, 2020, 3:28 PM

Post #9 of 14 (1050 views)
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Already said they should have real close part panel where known to do that. From the salt/rust crap it's still didn't drain properly or would be more places. Make sure if this gets fixed to make a drain some just slits aim such that driving along that is aiming away from spray off front wheels on wet rock salt melted road surface.
Other just by chance was an '09 I'm near sure those same aftermarket step bars. Somehow those filled up and rotted out just some skim of chrome did snap and leave jagged edges would be a horror if weak at all.
Check rust scene in general when you see it it's usually 10X worse than you see if really inspected.


The best is prevention is hard but spray grease that doesn't build up much or oil that will not rinse off in all low areas you can find. Park cables, fuel and brake line pivots, trans cooling lines and shifter parts where they swivel.


Rust is no fun what so ever - trust me - got the T-Shirt but know when to give up too,


T



Double J
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May 1, 2020, 7:27 PM

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Re: Whole in my side Sign In

Tom
You mentioned
"The best is prevention is hard but spray grease that doesn't build up much or oil that will not rinse off in all low areas you can find. "
Have you ever or do you use "Fluid Film" ? Click
Stuff works well.


Tom Greenleaf
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May 2, 2020, 3:14 AM

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I like it. Of course anything that works will quickly be illegal to use as a pollutant. Steel just isn't very good nor are alternatives (plastics, composites etc.) still use metal clips to hold them disappear.
Twas a NH (New Hampshire) thing now outdated as too dirty to spray oil undersides of anything before a Winter with oils used or what you had. It would drop clots of yuk in the roads and hit windshields smear that all up so that ended.


#1 - Quit using the dang salt to begin with it wrecks the trucks that put it out!


Then the steel re-bar and girders of roads also get wrecked all for dang salt.


Why hasn't anyone noticed it's not really the solution to melting ice and quit that crap? Nobody noticed you can still drive on ice if a snow reason when plowed just get the right tires it still works but OMG you actually have to slow down and know how to drive so that's out!


Tom



Msauriol
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May 5, 2020, 3:18 PM

Post #12 of 14 (953 views)
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I found this video on YouTube

This guy's a real pro:
https://youtu.be/0zU2hXBcrvM

After seeing what's involved I decided to have it done by a pro.

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions, my question has been answered. ;)


Hammer Time
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May 5, 2020, 4:07 PM

Post #13 of 14 (944 views)
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Yep, body repairs are no simple task.



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MassWineGuy
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May 7, 2020, 9:27 AM

Post #14 of 14 (899 views)
Re: Hole in my side Sign In

Fixing big, large scale rust and holes is probably best left to professionals. But I’ve had great success repairing smaller rust holes using short strand fiberglass body filler. Of course, it’s vital to remove or sand down as much rust as possible first. Then treat the area with a rust preventative coating sealant. The best I’ve seen and used is POR-15. Once you’ve shaped and sanded the fiberglass, you can prime and paint it.


(This post was edited by MassWineGuy on May 7, 2020, 9:33 AM)






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