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I have an 03 crewcab 4x4 with 4.7. I just removed my bed liner to find significant rust around the tops of both wells. Question is, I'm sure im not the first, so does someone have a successful repair process? Im looking for another bed but thats turning out to be difficult. I would rather do a repair as good as possible. the sidewalls seem solid,but if I start grinding it may go further.
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Another question, for some reason my directional signals go out. To fix them I remove the relay under the hood and or the fuse in cab and clean tabs and reinstall. That seems to work, but happened again after the truck sat for 2 weeks
 

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get a piece of galvanized sheet metal, measure the width of the rust an add 1 1/2 to 2 in. to. that side of the fold. measure how long of a piece you need to cover all rust. if there are any rust holes in the inside sidewall of the bed make a lip wide enough to cover them if not 2 in. should be enough to add to width of metal. fold the metal along this 2 in. lip, then you will ave to make slits in this 2 in lip every 2 in. or so so you can bend the metal around the countour of the fender; i use pop rivets to fasten the metal. aaafter ou have it in place you can cover it with body filler. i then would go to the under or wheel side of the fender and cover the rust holes and a little past with plastic roof cement. i have used this method and it lasts for years. best of luck with your project sincerely 01hunter570
 

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get a piece of galvanized sheet metal, measure the width of the rust an add 1 1/2 to 2 in. to. that side of the fold. measure how long of a piece you need to cover all rust. if there are any rust holes in the inside sidewall of the bed make a lip wide enough to cover them if not 2 in. should be enough to add to width of metal. fold the metal along this 2 in. lip, then you will ave to make slits in this 2 in lip every 2 in. or so so you can bend the metal around the countour of the fender; i use pop rivets to fasten the metal. aaafter ou have it in place you can cover it with body filler. i then would go to the under or wheel side of the fender and cover the rust holes and a little past with plastic roof cement. i have used this method and it lasts for years. best of luck with your project sincerely 01hunter570
Thank you, Does it matter what gauged sheet metal? Can I get it at home depot? Do u have a product name for the roof cement, never used it on house or auto!
 

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hi, as far as the metal gauge, i think it is about 24 gauge. i usually cut a piece out of some old heating duct work or galvanized stove pipe, just make sure the piece will be wide enough for your application. as far as the roof cement i usually use the wet or dry roof cement but any of it will work, just take a putty knife and spread it smoothly over the underside hole overlapping the inner fender. don't over do it keep it slightly thicker than the inner fender. good luck 01hunter570 ps. should be able to get materials at home depot or any other building supply.
 

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Thank you, you know whats odd is that I noticed when this happens, if I put on the breakdown flashers, it fixes the directional problems.
So this happened yesterday again. If the truck sits for a few days it happens. Start truck and turn on directional and nothing. Turn on flashers and bam! turn signals work.
 
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