I do find it quite discerning that the repair panels made in China and Taiwan don`t fit properly. That/they probably should not be imported. IDK what else to do with the truck but if I am fighting an uphill battle, thats difficult with my expertise level. If all this fails, I guess my alternative would be to turn it into a fleet/step side? Hopefully the frame is not much different than either of those. Would just need a cab.
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The patch panels from offshore can definitely be problematic, but they're just metal. You can make them fit with some massaging. Front clip parts may be another issue, but everything can be fixed, given enough time and patience. I think you're cab floor can be successfully repaired. You just have to be sure the dimensions are right. It would be a shame to just replace the body with a pickup cab/bed. Everyone has one of those. Hang in there. You'll be an expert when you're finished.
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Hey thanks man! Great news. I guess. I raised the floor where I thought it should go and placed the lower rear pillar patch panels and both fit perfect. One thing concerns me is the cross sill originally had a body frame mount bolt there. The new floor does not look that heavy duty of a sill. I do have something in mind though.
I do have the original. What I have will work. Its a cut down cross sill 50 inches. I can mount it behind the back of the new floor. And use one of or drill a new hole there for the skid strips. I can tie that in with the new floor. The doors look good. My plan current is to tack weld the doors to the top of frame door and back of opening , after floor is in place ...somewhat. I wont commit to it till after the doors are in. But so far is looks good. Even whats left of the hump over the transmission at the front of the truck,lines up with the new floor. But the left driver side front pillar I can visual see is off. the right side looks true and straight. lucky to find this rear cross sill for the very back. Mine was way shot. I will install it and cross sills ,paint underneath and be ready soon to set on a readied frame.
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