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    Getting the rust out

    Just bought this f-150 and planning on getting rid of the rust. theres about 12 spots to deal with. the right wheel wheel is good, the drives side needs repairs.

    I have some metal webbing to make a frame to lay the glass on.. this webbing should work good because its steel ,coated with plastic so it won't rust.. the glass will bond to it along with any duraglass i use.

    I have been using a 36 grit wheel on my Makita wheel grinding off all the rust along the edges of whats left of the metal.. I'll be cutting out some of the metal webbing to get it roughed in. Then attach it somehow,, any ideas? rivits? the webbing is about a half inch squares so it may need a washer to hold it tight..

    the rivit head will be too small to hold the webbing by itself.I like taking pics of the original to finished condition, this should be fun! see if I can make a silk purse from a pigskin.

    Actually, this just needs to be done anyways because that rust where its at is dangerous if you rub up against it. I'm always using my truck and near it...already hit it a couple times.


    I'll post any progress as i go.. kinda a as is, during repairs and finished product.

    Then give the entire truck a paint job. It will be 2-tone. black lowers,lake havasu red sides,black hood and roof.. it will match my trailer and Pro!

    Unfortunately the roof on the passengers side is dented pretty bad.. Not quite sure what to do with that one. you really cant see it from the ground.. I may just paint over it and leave it as is. Its a work truck be will be pulling my ski also.

    Heres some pics of the wheel well im working on currently..
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    here I took the webbing, used my new multi saw and blew right thru it easily. nice tool for this..

    i also snipped the piece in sections to follow the contour of the wheel well. turned out decent. I'll use this as the frame work for the glass and dura glass.
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    I ended up making 2 of them. the whole wheel well needs it looks like.plenty of material now.
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    why not just use patch panels from lmc they arnt expensive and easy to install. if your repairing patches around the wheel wells and you dont have access to a welder you can use a body glue with the patch panels.


    Before any one dogs the body glue i saw on history channel that a lot of auto manufactures are switching to the body glue because instead of a few spot welds the whole panel gets glued. Also during world war 2 some planes wings were assembled with glue which had far less strength as modern body glue.

    im a little skeptical of it my self though and i dont use it in critical areas but i had no problems using it on cab corners or around wheel wells stuff like that.

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    no need for patch panels. I want it done cheap. its a work truck. It's only the drivers side anyways. so that helps.

    i agree that glue would work good if its the right type for the application.. when people use glue though,any type,, the substrate has to clean and free of everything or else problems arise.. I'll never get that like that! lol

    like in my case here, i will be actually thru bolting the frame work on to the turck. it wont move then. doesnt matter how dirty,or surface contamination like salt and rust left still in places.. like on the inside wheel shrouds in the pics inside the wheels. they are rusted but thats just surface stuff. its not deep. I will prime and sand all that to prevent it from spreading. i will be bolting thru all that and any little metal on the outside i can drill thru with enough material to bolt together..

    I was looking thru my bins and found these drywall pointed studded inserts. I opened them up a little and place the piece thru the webbing and crimped the tangs back down around the webbing.. nice n tight now..then, ill drill the truck, put the bolt in from the inside of the well....then cut the rest of the bolt off from the outside and glass or duraglas over it all.. I want this to be inexpensive. not loking to buy anything if i can help it..lol i have about 50lbs of fiberglass here.


    Heres what I came up with.. ill use washers to take up any slack from the inside and pull it all together.

    Now if i can only find the right size drill .


    a few mins later... i just superglued the studded inserts in with thick super glue.. that will help keep them in while moving the frame around. the tangs look a little weak holding them.
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    The glue worked just enough to hold them in until i got them bolted in.. I trimmed back any rust pieces off the fender before installing it. i want to keep as much of the contour as possible. the webbing will be a good skeleton for the dough and glasswork.. then i'll skim coat over everything and contour it. Man, its 13 degrees out! No glassing till I can get the truck inside somewhere.. I hate winter.....
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    Got the other piece on also. it was a shorty. took 9 bolts total so that should be good to hold everything togther. I trimmed back some more metal to get it to line up right.. havent straigtened the entire thing out yet. but its coming along now.. its primed and ready for the filler/just need to cut off those threads from the bolts fiirst..
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    I cant believe your outside! Its like 10 degrees today! Very creative.

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    why not just cut out the cancer, clean it up with some sheet metal, and throw some big fender flairs on it? are you going to fill that with bondo?

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    I know its not the real way of fixing it. just for now, ill fill it duraglass and see how things look after. still needs to be bumped out a little and formed to match the curve of the wheeel well. Thers 11 more spots on the truck to do too.. so low price is the key here.lol My bodyshop friend and I was laughing about it.. he said, hey , that holds up pretty tight!. we were both laughing at it.

    In his shop, everything is done with new panels, welding, body work,base primer,primersealer,paint,clear.. and yeah, $300.00 later..lol the paint wont match either. so thats more money too. ugh! Just a work truck.

    I'm saving for some triple pipes off of Lugs for my SLX1200. so no dough for the truck. maybe duraglass and thats about it..

    I wonder if Lugs knows yet?

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