Here I go… Today I started chopping up the bed without my body guys. They’re a bit busy. Besides, how bad can I mess up… First I pulled the bed of the truck with a forklift. Next came the sticker removal.
Now since I’m adding two feet onto the cab, I will be removing the front portions of the bed for filler material. Easier for keeping the body lines. Leaving 2 inches near the front allows me to keep the original curve around the backside of the bed.
These are the two sections cut from the bed fenders.
Next I drill out all the spot welds holding the boxes’ backing and end caps.
Using a dead-blow and chisel I separate the two pieces.
I use a laser level to determine the exact line to cut over the wheel well and other curves in the bed’s box. The lines at the bottom were measured at 48 inches.
Double checking myself and making sure the cut would be accurate near the top.
Now I simply trace the laser line, then repeat on the other side.
The bed is cut to size. In the background you can see the portion removed.
I clean up the edges and start fitting the backing portion to the bed.