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Rust above my rear wheel wells...'07 F350

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by excav8ter, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Hey all, as the title states....i know it's a commmon problem. Just curious as to what anyone here has done, besides just have it "fixed". I understand, from speaking with a body shop, that even fixing it up, and repainting it is only a short term fix, and it will need to be done again. I have been thinking about just buying a 6' or so, aluminum flat bed, and mount my aluminum fuel tank/Tool box combo on it. But i'm kind of hung up on how it may look, because it's a single rear wheel short box.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    So FoMoCo is still using junk steel?

    I put a service body on one of mine. Got a great deal on it.

    The other one I haven't decided on yet.
     
  3. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    It is not the steel. It is the bright idea the Ford puts foam in-between the pinch welds. Hmm, very smart. They have been doing this for many many years. Same reason I built a flatbed dump bed.
    T.J.
     
  4. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,071

    What's the rust through warranty on the ford's? I thought it was 8 yrs or so.
     
  5. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Agreed. I like my 6' box, but an aluminum bed sounds good too. Just unsure of how an SRW truck would look.
     
  6. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,071

    They look fine. Search the web a bit they are out there. Alum over steel for sure.

    And it sure beats rust holes.
     
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Just make sure its a flatbed made for an srw truck...SRW's look ridiculous with dually beds on them!
     
  8. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    To the OP.
    81” x 102” is the dimension I built my bed which works well for a SRW width, see my build up in my signature. I see that your truck is a short box but it should be able to accommodate the 102” length. Don’t make the mistake I made when I built a flat bed dump for my short bed Chevy. I kept the bed short and did not make it a full 8 feet. Big mistake! Also making it dump was the best thing I ever did. I make dump runs and I am able to back into the pit and hit the switch. I never even get out of the truck. Then I see people unloading their truck by hand and by the time they get out of the truck to open the tailgate I am done and gone.
    Also, what makes the SWR beds look unfinished is no built in headache rack.
     
  9. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Thanks everyone.
    I will be sure to go with the SRW bed, if I decide to do that over fixing it.

    I would probably stick with a short bed length for the bed, but I have an idea of how to make it longer, but only when I need it....basically a removable extension, to make it longer when needed.
     
  10. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    Look for I think it's 02powerstroke on here. He has a ec/sb superduty with an aluminum hillsboro bed on it.
     
  11. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    A couple options for the original bed. They make patch panels but I have only seen them last a few years. A better option is to replace the whole bed side. If the rest of your bed is shot there are tons of new or like new take off beds on the internet. Shortbeds are a little harder to find but out there. I was able to get one for my 99 when it started rusting a couple years ago. It was the same color as my truck and other then some mods to the crossmembers I just bolted it right on.
     
  12. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    The rest of the bed is in good shape.....one thing I did not give any consideration too, is the rack that I bought for transporting my stand up paddle boards on. It mounts to the bed rails, and slides from front to back as needed. Might just fix the bed, and try to come up with a plan to get an aluminum flat bed that i can incorporate a rack of some sort, that is removable.
     
  13. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    When I was getting prices on fixing it, I found that replacing the bedsides was just $100 more. Its a lot less bodywork and either way the whole bedside has to be painted. I was going to go this way, until I found the take off in the same color. The front seam between the floor and front wall had opened on mine which I would have lived with but made my decision easier.
     
  14. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Flipper, I've looked a few times, any links or suggestions of where to look for takeoffs?
     
  15. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

  16. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Try some local upfitters. The ones around here usually have beds laying around from when they take a new p/u and convert it over to a utility body for a customer. We also have a salvage yard that usually has a few available.
     
  17. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    from car-part.com
    this one is in michagan
    6 3/4 ft

    96
    Pickup Bed
    Ford Truck F150 0P2,NICE!NO RUST! MUST SEE! SMALL DINGS AROUND BODY, TAN/WHT,PNT:
    $699
    Fox Auto Parts-PRP-Midwest USA-MI(Belleville) 1-800-851-3277 EXT 2
     
  18. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    DJ's trucks all have a cost effective flat bed made by Ebling on them, our trucks all have flat beds on them all SRW - you see them all over town. National ladder up in GR on 44th will have some rack system that would do anything you need,,,,, for a price.
     
  19. excav8ter

    excav8ter Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    I have seen your trucks around town, they do look good. :salute:

    I will think i am going to have the bed fixed for now.... partly because i bought a TracRac for carrying my stand up paddle boards, and some 10' lengths of pipe once in awhile.

    If I do put a bed on, it would be aluminum to keep the weight down. I am actually surprised that i didn't have rust sooner. I keep it inside all year, my garage stays at 50 degrees minimum in the winter, most weekends it's as warm as the house and we leave the door open between the garage and the house so the dog can come out there too.
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2013
  20. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    I have three "good" beds and one sacrifical one that we throw scrap metal in. They all have dents in one place or another but the sacrifical one (06) is good above the wheel wells, I think, you can barely see it right now.. Cut what you want out of it if you want, you should be able to get close to that thing next week.

    Thanks for the compliment on the beds, I got so tired of fixing quarter panels that it became the only way to go, now they find ways to dent the doors, hood and front quarters.:angry: