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    The very corner of the bed of my truck, directly below the tail light, was damaged by the ball of a hitch when a woman back into my truck. Seems like a very difficult and deep repair. Especially being a rounded corner. How do I build this out? No way I can pull metal back to shape.IMG_1207.jpg

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    It would be better if you pulled the black tape so we could see what you got there.

    And another photo of a side profile shot of that truck bed corner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil V View Post
    It would be better if you pulled the black tape so we could see what you got there.

    And another photo of a side profile shot of that truck bed corner.
    TRUCK DENT.JPGTRUCK DENT 2.JPG

    I can't take off the tail light, its hanging by a thread.

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    Much better pics. That is a really easy repair for a pro body man. Looks like that corner has been hit before.

    Exactly what are your plans for repairs. In other words, how can we help you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil V View Post
    Much better pics. That is a really easy repair for a pro body man. Looks like that corner has been hit before.

    Exactly what are your plans for repairs. In other words, how can we help you ?
    I have the mechanical ability, but no body work knowledge. How would you tackle this? How do I build out/pull out the dent?

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    I agree with Phil, it's an easy repair. Take out the light, pull the metal, grind off the paint and apply filler, level the filler, apply primer, block sand and paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan the Man View Post
    I have the mechanical ability, but no body work knowledge. How would you tackle this? How do I build out/pull out the dent?
    There is no cheap easy fix for that damage if you want it to look like pre accident condition. (at least the current accident).

    If you just want to pull it out as best you can to fit better at the tail light then pull the tail light out and use some kind of slide hammer (not the ones where you drill an 1/8" hole and use the screw type puller). It will look like the job is less than half done but better than it is right now. If you go that way make sure and use some kind of paint to seal the bare metal so it doesn't rust worse than it already is. (right side upper has been rusting for a while).

    If you took it to a commercial bodyshop they would charge you in the neighborhood of $500 to $600 to make it look like new again. It's about a 5 or 6 hour job from start to finish. (for a pro bodyman). Materials will be in the $200 range (included in the $500 or $600).

    Apparently the other person did a hit and run ? If that happened in a parking lot and you were parked then your insurance should cover it with no deductible.

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