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Filling holes in bed

This truck that im looking at is really nice exept for that it has 3 or 4 holes in the bed... there are holes in the bedliner and it was a fleet vehicle so my guess is that something was dropped into it and left the holes... they arent rusted yet but getting close cuz theyres some orange spots... any ideas of how to fix it because i dont want to end up buying it then having them rust through...

im thinking that i can just take the bed off and have my cousin weld a small peice of metal onto the bottom side, then bondo it and get it line-x'd....how well would this work?

any help would be appreicated....
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That would work. Or just weld the holes up and grind off the excess. I have a few holes I'm going to be doing that too this week. How big are they exactly?
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the bigget one is just a little bit smaller then a quarter and the rest are probably dimes sized
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If you have access to an Oxy/Acetylene torch and a couple of brazing rods I would just braze them up and then grind them down smooth...Shoot some primer on them and then a coat of matching paint. If there around the fuel tank, make sure you use a heat shield (a large piece of sheet metal pushed up between the bottom of the bed and top of tank during the welding).
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i say weld in some patches, grind em smooth and then line-x the SOB
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i was just looking at the bed of my truck now to see how hard it would be to get the bed off and it seems pretty straight forward.... anyone know of anywhere that has a how to or something in that regard so that i dont accedenly not remove a bar or something and end up breaking something....
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I would not bother removing the bed for that. But if you want to you'll need to remove the bed liner (if you have one), then unhook the fuel filler, tail light wiring, and then the bed mounting bolts (Torex) on the floor of the bed. There maybe some wire hangers underneath the bed so take a good look around. I think thats all you'll need to do to remove it....if not Im sure someone will chim in and correct me.

The reason I recommend brazing them is because the braze will coat the metal like solder sealing the holes on both sides and the brazing material is as strong as the sheet metal but yet soft enough to easily smooth out. And no Bondo is needed nor will you need to remove the bed.
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i dont think ill be able to braze them tho cuz my cousins got all the wellding crap so it would be easer for me to just do that...im mostly tying to get some ideas, im not sure when or if im getting this truck so ill cross that bridge when i get there... thanks for all the ideas tho
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if they are only quarter size holes then your idea should work okay
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just weld in small pieces of sheet metal and get your spray in if you want. be sure to prime and seal the bottom of the sheet metal, for the top, prime it if you want, but it would be best to be bare i think for the spray in liner
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weld patches and RHINO LINE IT
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oh no the R word lol.....I actually prefer it myself but some people on this site are wierd
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dont people realize, rhino lining has to set up before you can really use it. i think its tougher the line-x personally.
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personally i like the look rhino, its 100000000000000000x better to me then line-x
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mines got that hurculiner stuff.... its not to bad just a pain in the *** to prep.... but i got it for 30 sumthing a gallon at sams club
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that stuff aint thick enough for my likeing!
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