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Old 02-12-2018, 11:15 AM
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My 55 F350 is at the body shop!

Took my 55 F350 to the body shop yesterday. There is some rust in the hood lip, bottoms of both doors, dents in the roof and a dent behind the passenger door where some guy backed into me in summer of 2016. I will replace the door rubbers, window anti rattlers kits, paint the wing vents and division bars, then put some insulation on the roof and put back the original headliner if it doesn't break up and crumble.

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And those dorky cab clearance lights are coming off to be replaced by 5 new vintage looking lights.








This rust spot is where a mouse nest was above the headliner.

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What in the world happened on the center back of the roof. That's quite a dent.
Your truck looks great now, I can't wait o see it all fresh and new. Do you have a timeframe from the shop?

Are you going to replace that rotted out bed wood?
The vintage cab lights will look so much better.
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What in the world happened on the center back of the roof. That's quite a dent.
Your truck looks great now, I can't wait o see it all fresh and new. Do you have a timeframe from the shop?

Are you going to replace that rotted out bed wood?
The vintage cab lights will look so much better.
Roof dent? Don't know. It was used on an orchard. I suppose it could be from a tree branch or a bushel basket.

Time frame? Don't know. He was sick last week so he said he will start it next week.

Rotted wood? Not at this time. If I replace the front cross piece then there will be others I find that need replaced.
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Here are the new clearance lights.
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The new clearance lights are really going to add to the "statement" your truck makes!

It's an interesting paradox that in our younger good looking days our trucks looked old and worn out. Now that we have aged to the point of being old and worn out, our trucks are looking newer and better. Funny how that works.

With fresh paint and a few dings removed, your truck is going to look great. Now if only I could find a shop to have a little make-over done--70 years out, and I have more "patina" then my truck--you too, Abe--you've really been working hard on your trucks. LOL.

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Are you going to replace that rotted out bed wood?
Most of the rot you see is the bed boards. That is why I put plywood over the boards. That was easier, quicker and cheaper than replacing all the boards. I think what happened is that the bed sits higher in the back and the rain would roll front and gather there leading to the rotten bed boards.
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I sincerely hope you have better luck with your bodyshop than I have had with mine . It's been years of complaining and whining with little progress , never time for mine other customers are more important seems to be the prevailing theme . The worst part is there is no one who will listen as I OWN THE SHOP LOL .
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I sincerely hope you have better luck with your bodyshop than I have had with mine . It's been years of complaining and whining with little progress , never time for mine other customers are more important seems to be the prevailing theme . The worst part is there is no one who will listen as I OWN THE SHOP LOL .
Ha ha! Maybe you should fire your painter!
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Good for you Abe! Can't wait to see the finished product. I like those lights too. They will look great!
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Abe are you going to pull the fenders off? Looks like some rust has started behind the seals. Truck won`t know how to act with new paint!
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Abe are you going to pull the fenders off? Looks like some rust has started behind the seals. Truck won`t know how to act with new paint!
Yes, I've got new fender welts to put on. Then we'll see what's behind there.
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I hope that's not rust under the paint in the drip rails abe, repair bill might get high seeing as you're not doing the work...
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