Time to remove the deck on the bed in preparation for paint. The bolts holding the wood onto the frame are flat topped and have a square shank under the head to keep the bolt from turning, unfortunately after years on being installed in the bed the bolts are rusty and about half of them just spin when trying to remove the nut. Time to break out the Mig.
Bolt installed in the bed, this is one that's spinning.
We tacked a piece of round stock to the head of the bolt so we could hold it and keep it from spinning, once out we just snapped the rod off the head and used the same rod to weld onto the next bolt. We had a hand full of rods going as we removed all the offending bolts.
More bolts on the way out
Underside of the bed.
Bed coming apart
The wood is in good cond, we will sand, re-finish and re-install.
Removing the metal hardware, these bits will be powder coated.
Deck removed, frame is nice and clean underneath. We will soon pull the frame and paint the underside black, the sides and gates will be painted the same color as the body.
Top view of the winch.
Starting to strip down the interior for paint. Lots of small bits to remove.
Inside of the doors have a thick coating of cavity wax for corrosion protection, they are very clean with no rust.
While I was working on the interior my Father (Danny) was busy cutting out the plates to fill in the corner gaps on the rear fenders.
More to come....