Originally Posted by shlep0069
I know what you mean by the fiberglass stuff is a bit too expensive. My restore project is just going to be a daily driver so I can park my nice car. Thanks for the two sites to get some parts. I saw that whole sides were available before but didn't want to get into all of that. My rust was not too bad so i wanted to patch it in the places that it needs to be fixed. Most of it is actually around the wheel wells on the inside. I also did see that some places were selling used beds but most of the ones I saw that had pictures had the same rust spots that mine has.
My truck is a 87 extended cab 4wd with only 70k miles. It looks great with no rust on the truck except for around the bed wheel wells. It was my dads truck and he took good care of it, but a truck on minnesota roads is bound to some rust. My mother has a Cadillac, 1984, with only 50k miles without a spot of rust!
I just use the truck for pulling my boat on weekends and park it in the garage the rest of the time. It will never see another winter.
I not in a hurry to repair the bed and will keep looking for a bed out of state. I am going to talk to some local body shops to obtain pricing on painting the more expensive fiberglass bed verses having them repair fender wells with panels and paint. I know fiberglass is best but it seems it would be less expensive just fix the wells since the rest of the bed is in good shape with no visible rust.
Time to fire up the truck, hook up the boat, and go fishing now.......