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Patrick_91



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:48 pm Post subject: The Dodge Ram Build-Up Thread Reply with quote

Well while looking over the truck to see what areas I need to prep for paint,I came across something:

Here is the area in question:



A little zoom in: (sorry for the shody quality,had the exposure level set to low)



And a way closer look:




Here it looks VERY bad,you can see it was rotting for some time,but the kicker is,it was fine when I looked it over when we bought the truck,so it must have been rotting from the inside out!



And the money shot:



Rotted right through!!!!

Anyway, my question is, what is the ball park figure to get this fixed,obviously it needs a bit more than a rocker panel. Is this side of the cab too far gone to fix? You can also see my outrigger is rotting away in a few pics and the bottom of my door is bent in a few places.

The way I see it I have 2 options:

1.Hollow out the rest of the rotted spot (the whole bottom is soft BTW) treat it with rust inhibitor and just leave the hole there.

2.Get it welded

What do you guys think? Need some insight here,I want to start painting my truck June 5th and be done June 11th,this new find is really pissing on my parade.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:12 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

stop bloody poking at it....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:41 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what i'd do. Grinder, rust be gone, a brush,reasonably matching rust paint, forget about it.

Besides. Its a truck. They're supposed to have rust and dents. Otherwise, its just a big oversized car. Very Happy

Nice truck btw. I wouldn't say no to one of those!
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Patrick_91



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:56 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Lada & Korean Parts wrote:
stop bloody poking at it....


I didn't poke it,it did that by itself,the diesel shook it loose that like Evil or Very Mad .

DaCarlson wrote:
I know what i'd do. Grinder, rust be gone, a brush,reasonably matching rust paint, forget about it.

Besides. Its a truck. They're supposed to have rust and dents. Otherwise, its just a big oversized car.

Nice truck btw. I wouldn't say no to one of those!


Eh,I want to just grind it and be done with it,but I'm painting the whole thing soon,so I might as well fix it Razz. It is a nice truck, got plenty 'o power to. And its got its fair share of dents inside the box Laughing . So what do you think it'd cost to weld it up, $200,$300?

Oh,if your ever looking into buying a TD Ram,get yourself a good set of brakes,the ones I have are borderline,the rear drums grab like a SOB while the fronts don't seem to be as powerful this makes the whole truck jerk violently forward...... haha fun times Wink .
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:05 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Get yourself a MIG and do it yourself. Perfect training vehicle.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:58 am Post subject: Reply with quote

GadgetBoy wrote:
Get yourself a MIG and do it yourself. Perfect training vehicle.


I second that! You can get a decent welding rig for around $600 or so (including Ar-CO2 bottle and a cart). Even cheaper for flux-core - Sears sells a Lincoln Handy MIG for $299US... And you'll have it for future projects... vs paying $200-300 every time you need something welded.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:27 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick_91 wrote:

Eh,I want to just grind it and be done with it,but I'm painting the whole thing soon,so I might as well fix it Razz. It is a nice truck, got plenty 'o power to. And its got its fair share of dents inside the box Laughing . So what do you think it'd cost to weld it up, $200,$300?


Grind off the rust, make liberal use of "rust-be-gone" and then use fiberglass to patch the hole. It isn't structural so who cares right?

My brother did the same thing to his old Mazda B2000 before he "gave" it to me and the fiberglass repair lasted to years.

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to-bondo-fiberglass-mat-resin-body-repair-267155/
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:55 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop teaching him bad habits!

Get a MIG and repair it. It doesn't have to be pretty but once you're started doing your own welding it gets better and cheaper as the years go on.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:05 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

GadgetBoy wrote:
Stop teaching him bad habits!

Get a MIG and repair it. It doesn't have to be pretty but once you're started doing your own welding it gets better and cheaper as the years go on.


I agree that welding is the preferred option but Patty wants a quick & dirty solution.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:37 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I'll go with GB's solution and try my hand at welding. Bondo fiberglass won't last me a month, the Cummins will shake it off like a dog getting water out of its coat. Unfortunately the quick and dirty solution don't work with a diesel Laughing .
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:25 pm Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick does your tail gate work?
Buy a welder it'll pay for it's self
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:28 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Late to the party but i quadruple the motion. Buy, borrow a mig. My junk and welds are not pretty but if the patch takes a lick it's not going to blow-out like fiberglass would.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:40 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Decided to change the name of the thread. Instead of starting multiple topics for my truck. I'll just clump them all here.

My truck is going in for the fuel leak fix (after 1 year 0_0) and I got quoted $350 for the job, I damn near crapped a brick-almost my whole pay check gone Sad.

Next on the list: (in order of importance)

-New set of head lights (old ones are feckerd,cant drive at night)
-Rocker Panels
-Paint Job*
-Blower Motor
-Brush Guard/Roll Bar/Side Steps/Spot Light Combo

This is what I hope to get done for this year. (*Paint job probably wont get done this year. I'm hoping though!!)
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:57 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Patrick_91 wrote:
Decided to change the name of the thread. Instead of starting multiple topics for my truck. I'll just clump them all here.

My truck is going in for the fuel leak fix (after 1 year 0_0) and I got quoted $350 for the job, I damn near crapped a brick-almost my whole pay check gone Sad.

Next on the list: (in order of importance)

-New set of head lights (old ones are feckerd,cant drive at night)
-Rocker Panels
-Paint Job*
-Blower Motor
-Brush Guard/Roll Bar/Side Steps/Spot Light Combo

This is what I hope to get done for this year. (*Paint job probably wont get done this year. I'm hoping though!!)


If your headlights are just glazed over 3M (and a few others) makes a great kit for cleaning them up. I used it on my old concorde and it worked a treat. If the chromed backing is fecked you can just get a new set from the junkyard.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:54 am Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup the chrome backing on one is fecked,but the 1995 headlights were utter crap from the factory (the high beams are very weak even with good lights installed) Dodge knew this and remedied it with a much better set of head lights in early 1996. To get 1996+ head lights are pretty expensive in my area (the wreckers wants $175/pair and new they are around $250/pair) So I'm just going to install some spot lights for now and use those as high beams until I can afford a nice set of aftermarket headlights.
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