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    bought a beater truck, floor looked great when I slid under - one small pea sized hole near the parking brake cable... pulled the rubber flooring after I bought it - AGGHH!

    Had to cut the outer floor from a junkyard donor, no one makes it!? Gotta love battery reciprocating saws. Had to put two patches into the donor outer floor patch panel.

    I but welded everything into place, very careful with grinding to keep same thicknesses.

    Replacement rocker sux, I had to make a few ridiculous adjustments - with a 2lb hammer and a two slices / bend/ reweld... to shorten some areas. Isn't perfect - if I spent another 4 hours with a blunt chisel I could get it close to stock.. but for a beater it will work just fine.

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    Looks like it's coming along nicely. What year and model truck is it?

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    Default 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4

    Its a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4.

    I forgot to show the front area fit... here it is prior to welding... It was a challenge to get the seams so tight on such a large patch.
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    Night before I hit it with epoxy primer, and it was the worst orange peel I ever had. I hate spraying in the dark with a trouble light.... Grabbed some 320 this afternoon, put some dish soap and water in a bucket, and was able to knock it down smooth before painting color today.

    Got started much earlier today....The omni MTK (single stage urethane) covered in just two coats, I put on another coat for insurance. Had coverage problems with blue before, happy that the white was a completely different experience.

    Other than a large leaf that floated down and got stuck in the top of the rocker (paint was just tacky), and it started to rain just as I finished. Good thing it was just a light rain, with no wind. Looked around, quickly grabbed some string and horses and made a cover....

    Posting frequency on this forum has really dwindled... wondering where people went?
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    Yep, rain is just one of many variables painting outside. Sun, wind and bugs can also do some damage.

    Visits to the forum varies depending on the time of year. When the weather starts to cool many hobbyists tend to find other hobbies until warm weather returns.

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    Inner floor is installed... I lapped parts of it... weather was about to go very nasty, so I didn't have time to dress welds and make it pretty, slapped some 3M seam sealer around it and painted it with fast dry rustoleum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fj5gtx View Post
    Inner floor is installed... I lapped parts of it... weather was about to go very nasty, so I didn't have time to dress welds and make it pretty, slapped some 3M seam sealer around it and painted it with fast dry rustoleum.
    It looks good from here.

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    Agreed, Looks like a great repair to me.
    Avid collector of rust!

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    Thanks. I've noticed an important relationship with components on these 2nd generation Dodges, if the seat rails are rusty - the floor is going to be rusty.

    I think I want to try a different manufacturer of rocker patches. I wasn't happy with the one I used. Any recommendations? Its a 2000 Dodge Ram standard cab, and I'd need the right rocker. Thankfully, it'll only be a rocker... and perhaps a patch where the rocker attaches, not the nightmare I had on the driver's side.

    Two larger problems I found with the driver side rocker:
    1. It had a curve along the length, but should have been flat.
    2. It didn't match the profile of the original rocker, the first indent should have been tight - it was really wide.

    Both of those were hard to work, and I didn't get either problem completely solved - that would have taken me too much time.

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