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37 Chev 1/2 ton stake pocket removal #1294336
Fri Jan 11 2019 12:33 AM
Fri Jan 11 2019 12:33 AM
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Bill Trotter  Online OP
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Iron River Mi.
Have a damaged driver side rear stake pocket with severe damage. What is the best way to remove these? I think they are spot welded but cannot see any of the welds. Would I be better off trying to straighten the damaged bottom of the bracket, or is there a trick to remove it? Thanks for any help with this. Bill

Re: 37 Chev 1/2 ton stake pocket removal [Re: Bill Trotter] #1294338
Fri Jan 11 2019 12:39 AM
Fri Jan 11 2019 12:39 AM
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Take some sandpaper and scrub along the flanges where they're fastened to the bed side. That should bring up the location of the spot welds. Then take a spot weld drill (flat tip twist drill or like a small hole saw with a pilot pin) and drill from the stake pocket side. Weld the replacement on using plug welds (holes in the new pocket filled with weld when clamped to the bedside.

Straightening the stake pocket would be tough, as it's at least 16 gauge metal. Pretty hard to work the damage out, especially with close quarters inside the pocket.


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Re: 37 Chev 1/2 ton stake pocket removal [Re: Bill Trotter] #1294342
Fri Jan 11 2019 12:58 AM
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Bill Trotter  Online OP
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Thanks for the tip. Approximately how many spot welds are there? Just removed my angle strips today and there were 34 to grind off. Gave my air compressor a good workout. Bill

Re: 37 Chev 1/2 ton stake pocket removal [Re: Bill Trotter] #1294357
Fri Jan 11 2019 03:05 AM
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I'd guess about 10-12 along both the front and back. I could go count them on mine, but that's probably pretty close.


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First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
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Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck.
Re: 37 Chev 1/2 ton stake pocket removal [Re: klhansen] #1294358
Fri Jan 11 2019 03:13 AM
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Bill Trotter  Online OP
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Thanks


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