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Old 04-20-2008, 10:58 AM
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Replacement Bed or Fix for Bed Bent 2004 F-150

Hi Everyone,

On my honeymoon - the last day - back in June of 2006 in a TINY parking garage my truck made friends with a concrete column. Being newly married and not wanting insurance to go up I didn't report it. I'm really getting tired of the big dent in the bed though and was wondering what you all thought the best options for fixing would be. The local body shop wants $1600 to fix it. I was thinking I might could get a bed from a junkyard cheaper. Any thoughts? Thanks!

David

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The stick on bullet holes matched the primer so it gave a story to tell
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:50 AM
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What I would do...

As long as the inside metal of the bed isn't messed up I'd have a body shop just replace the side panel. Should be quite a bit cheaper than a new bed. still won't be cheap.
I wouldn't let them try to bend&bondo it back.
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:02 PM
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x2...i think a new bed is gonna cost too much...plus if you can't find one the same color it still has to be painted and installed so labor will be pretty expensive...just make sure you get a good bodyshop...stuff like that you want done by someone with alot of experience..
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:03 PM
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ouch, that sucks!
my g/f lives in a condo, and I have to maneuver my truck around those concrete pillars almost daily. I may have a similar problem someday...
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:20 PM
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1. New Bed- Not necessary
2. Repair Bed- Impossible, the metal is too badly stretched. If someone did
try to repair it, it would end up loking like a washboard.
3. Replace the Side Panel. I'll bet if you look at your Estimate again, the bid
is for a Side Panel replacement rather than a repair of the Side Panel.
$1600.00 is about right to R&R the Bed, replace the Side Panel, repaint
the New Parts and replace the Decal.
And, its not too late to turn it over to your Insurance Company and only be responsible for the Deductible.
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:33 PM
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Side Panel

Ok... my dad and I were talking about doing this ourselves, replacing the panel. We restore old cars so I imagine we could do it. Anyone done this before or know of a tutorial on the site?
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:35 PM
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RE: bed crunch

The inside still looks great too so the idea you all have sounds good. The quote was to replace the side panel. I'd just had some folks tell me I could probably pick up a bed off a wrecked truck for about $500 from a junkyard but I didn't think that sounded right, sounded too cheap.
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Ok... my dad and I were talking about doing this ourselves, replacing the panel. We restore old cars so I imagine we could do it. Anyone done this before or know of a tutorial on the site?
I don't think this is something you want to attempt yourself. The 70s GM pickups had bolt off bed side panels but all of the modern trucks have welded on panels that are just like a quarter panel on a car. Even if you could do it, you would probably end up with a substantial amount of body filler to cover your errors and you would probably leave metal exposed to rust where you welded it and didn't get it properly protected. A good body shop can fix it and it will be as good as new.
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:18 PM
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I found a place to get the panel here
http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...04&catalogid=2

Anyone have a place they use regularly?
i would go with them, a new bed from there is 3000-4000 greens
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