Big rust holes that need cutting out.

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Old 04-22-06, 03:11 PM
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Big rust holes that need cutting out.

I have a 1988 Toyota Truck that has major body rust.

I want to cut out the rusted areas which is mostly in the side bed panels. What kind of tool is recommended to cut the rust out so I can cut the rust and some of the surrounding area that might be rusted?

If I cut out the big portions which is almost a foot wide and 3 inches high in some areas, what would I use to patch it?

I know bondo shouldnt patch the big holes like this so what kind of material can I buy to patch this and where would I get the material?
 
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Old 04-22-06, 03:14 PM
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Use this tool

You can use a high speed cut off wheel to cut it out then you would have to weld in new metal.
Might be better off just to get a rust free bed.
 
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Old 04-22-06, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by michael van
Might be better off just to get a rust free bed.
Definitely better of replacing the bed
Common to see these '80s Toys with after market or home-made flat beds
Home-made wood flat beds are pretty common for these
 
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Old 04-22-06, 03:33 PM
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I am in DC area and no sign of after market beds here.

Can you advise what material to use?

I want to put the material using bondo.
 
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question

How important are looks?
 
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Old 04-22-06, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by florida43
I am in DC area and no sign of after market beds here.
http://www.actionsalvage.com/truckbeds.asp
http://www.toyotafiberglass.com/products.htm
http://www.toyotaoffroad.com/links/links.asp
 
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Old 04-22-06, 07:20 PM
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Looks not important and the truck runs great.
 
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Old 04-23-06, 02:00 AM
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ok

well the best way is replace bed,or you will have to cut out rusted section and replace with new sheet metal, options on how to attach it are (best) weld it or you can use pop rivets to hold it. I am not sure you can use flush rivets as I do not know how thick the metal is.
Then you can use your Bondo to fill in the gaps and seams and sand to you liking,
It more then likley will be ugly.
 
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