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Just trying to get some insight on what to do. I bought a '03 F350 supercab long bed from up north that had a rust problem. I replaced the bed with a '08 due to the original being rusted away completely. The issue I have now is all four doors are ate up with rust on the bottom, the rocker panels on both sides are about 30-40% gone, and both cab corners are rusting out now. I dont want to just junk the truck since it only has 150K miles and nothing is wrong with it mechanically. Is it better to find a junk truck and swap the cabs or try replacing all four doors and weld patches to the body were the rust is? I have no idea what either option would cost? Its a really nice truck just this rust issue is really getting to me. Thanks.
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Rust is a killer, I know you can get rocker panels, and cab corners still. If you can weld them in yourself then i would do that... Im not to sure about the floors tho.


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http://m.jcwhitney.com/repair-panels...d50405y2003g55

The website above has replacement rocker panels and cab corners. If you can weld it would be cheaper to replace the panels your self. Assuming you can weld and are able to replace the panels you still need to consider how much paint and body filler cost. Even if you could not replace it your self the body work would still probably be cheaper than finding a replacement cab. It's hard to judge because it honestly depends on what your specific standards of quality is.

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Im not the best at welding nor the worst, but im not necessarily looking for show quality. I thought about if I did the patch repairs that I would paint the bottom side of the truck with rhino liner. I appreciate the feedback.
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Im not the best at welding nor the worst, but im not necessarily looking for show quality. I thought about if I did the patch repairs that I would paint the bottom side of the truck with rhino liner. I appreciate the feedback.
Rhino liner is a very good idea!! My buddy did it on his 250 and it does look good, and is VERY rugged! PITA to get the mud off tho.



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Rhino liner would look good. It's durable too

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