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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Builds (2005-2015)' started by EatSleepTacos, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:45 PM
    EatSleepTacos

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    Stopping for the night. Have to do research and brainstorm on how to build a rear bumper. Put the tailgate back on to give me a better idea how how it’ll look.

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  2. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:54 PM
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    What are your plans to stitch it back together?
     
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  3. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:55 PM
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    For the bedsides, just a bunch of tack welds and patience. For the inside, a bunch of rivets. Like this, but I’ll do a better job. Use black rivets for starters.

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  4. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:56 PM
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  5. Apr 9, 2020 at 3:58 PM
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    The tack welds, will you fill the gap completely, grind down and bondo?
     
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  6. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:01 PM
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    Yeah, I’m talking to @Casper66 who is giving me pointers. He used to do this sort of stuff for a living. The goal is to make an invisible seam. Repaint, new decal and everything.
     
  7. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:07 PM
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    Nice. I didn't know if you were going to go that route or a more industrial/airplane look with rivets.
     
  8. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:09 PM
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    No, that’d be a bit too shitty looking for me. I still want a somewhat decent looking truck to cruise around in, not one held together by bubble gum and duct tape. The bed though, really no choice.
     
  9. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:18 PM
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    You don't think plastic welding would work?
     
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  10. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:21 PM
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    No, not since it’s a weird composite Material
     
  11. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:22 PM
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    You ought to try it with some scrap pieces.
     
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    That should go together nicely especially with a backer as per our discussion. when you put the backer plate n it may also help to tack n a support rod from the frame to the bottom of the fender for a little added support while stitching the panels. It could be easily removed when your panel grafting is done. I just kinda figure it will help support the shape of the panel I would leaveit in until done with the filler work also as it will keep the panel from flexing and worse vibrating while you are working it. Just a thought
     
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    Smart man. I would have never thought of that.
     
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    We discussed the panel bonding adhesive last night. Dupont 8115 If you were to scuff and clean the composite bed and use a backer plate along the seam put the 8115 in between the composite and the plate when you rivet the bed together between the plate , rivets, and 8115 you will have a strong joint
     
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    That’s a great idea.


    this is why he’s my secret helper with the body work. I’m very thankful to have experienced people to lean on for support, like him and Joe
     
  16. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:31 PM
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    Not really I did almost all sheet metal fab for the last 10 years before I lost my job some shit you just figureout from necessity
     
  17. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:34 PM
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    Don't sell yourself short, Chris.
     
  18. Apr 9, 2020 at 4:38 PM
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    I am happy to just like you would help me. I only wish you were closer so I could be hands on there ae different little tricks that sometimes are hard to explain. I am assuming the seam in your picture where you riveted the bed back together has a backing plate bridging the seam and you ran the rivets through the bed and the plate. All I am suggesting is remove the rivets, scuff the underside of the bed and clean it, do the same to the backer plate, apply the 8115 on one or the other, and rivet back together. We used to have to attach 5'x10' aluminum panels with 300-400 rivets and we used the same principle. Thanks god for pneumatic riveters. A small one may be a good investment. I would consider aluminum self sealing rivets also.
     
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    I’ve had good luck with “Flex Tape”.
     

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