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98 F150 bed/quarter panel replacement.

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  1. ford_racer

    ford_racer such emo very befe wow Established Member

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    I did a quick Google search but found nothing, so I was wondering if someone here knew what it might take to replace the right side bed panel on a 98 F150? It looks like just a few screws and bolts, but I can't really check out the truck in question enough to get an accurate idea.

    Is it possible just to replace the outer skin, or is there more to it? The dent is pretty big and creased, but the inside of the bed is untouched. It was taken to a body shop and an estimate of $3000 was given.

    Thanks in advance.


    Edit: FWIW the truck layout is a super cab long box.
     
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  2. Rubenk

    Rubenk Wasn't me. Premium Member

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    Never seen the bed panels removed from the actual bed, I thought they were welded on.

    You should be able to get a clean bed for under a grand though
     
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    oldmodman Active Member Established Member

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    Here's a fender on Amazon. Does it look like the one on your truck?

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/PICKUP-FENDER-Lightning-Regular-Flareside/dp/B000E4QHDQ]Amazon.com: 97-03 FORD F150 PICKUP REAR FENDER LH (DRIVER SIDE) TRUCK, Side Panel Outer, w/o Wheel Opng. Mldgs. & Lightning Model, Regular/Super Cab, Flareside (1997 97 1998 98 1999 99 2000 00 2001 01 2002 02 200: Automotive[/ame]
     
  4. tj04cobra

    tj04cobra New Member Established Member

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    That link showed me a flare side bed. I think he said it was long bed. But damn you can find just about anything on amazon lol.

    Op- I'd find the best junk yard bed you could find and paint it to match if it doesn't already. You would come out way ahead on the ordeal that way
     
  5. Monster Mach

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    We had to do this on our 99 it was actually cheaper to go buy a new box... almost every junk yard has them.. task was to repaint.. ours was the driver side though.. a tree fell on it before we bought it..

    This is here just to piss you off :)
     
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    jliddle New Member Established Member

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    On those beds the sides are spot welded on. Along the inside of the rail, in the tail light pocket, along the headboard, and possible in the well.

    Its not all that big of a job to replace it. If I was to guess at a estimate I would say it would layout like this:

    1. Price of a skin - Aftermarket or OEM. Entirely up to you unless its going in as a insurance claim. I would prefer a OEM just because its a better part, better fit and finish, better metal. However they cost more...

    2. Labor - I would guess around 15hrs of repair time. This would include removing the box, removing and reinstalling skin, reassembly.

    3. Materials - There is NO cheap way out of this.

    Its hard to guess a exact dollar amount due to variations between different shops labor/materials rate.
     
  7. ford_racer

    ford_racer such emo very befe wow Established Member

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    I was really hoping it wasn't welded on, but I guess that's how it goes.

    How hard was it to do the box? Was it just the 6 bolts and the wiring or is there a lot more than meets the eye?
     
  8. Monster Mach

    Monster Mach New Member Established Member

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    Just a few bolts and the wires are clipped in.. box was extreamly simple.. had a engine hoist and lifted the old one off.. then threw the new painted one on.

    This is here just to piss you off :)
     
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    ford_racer such emo very befe wow Established Member

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    The link takes me to a Forbidden page. I get the idea though. Thanks!
     
  11. Monster Mach

    Monster Mach New Member Established Member

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    Np its simple 6 bolts and remember to undo the ground strap.. I almost forgot about it when I did it

    This is here just to piss you off :)
     
  12. 65x2

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    How bad is the bedside?

    I've fixed a couple that probably would have been easier to replace.

    But like stated above, they're weld-on.
    I'd prefer an OEM panel as well, fit and finish are worlds apart.
     
  13. Barricade_643

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    Can you find me that drivers side flareside quarter? Is it gone.....?

    Amazon shows nothing and that is exactly what I need. :rolling:
     

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