MX2: Fixing the Bodywork

Posted on Posted in MX2: 2001 Ford Ranger

Quite a bit has been accomplished the past few weeks. Namely thanks to Wil (Sierra Expeditions), Corbin (Zebra Sports) and Tim Joseph who have given me a HUGE hand in helping fix the body filler. THANKS GUYS!!!

Kind of a long story, but the guy that originally started the body filler work apparently didn’t know what he was doing. (Yeah, I’m a little tiffed.) So Wil, Corbin, Tim and I have been working on fixing it to the best we can.

Here I point out the body line that doesn’t align with the bed.

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Which you can see here what the metal underneath is like. Bodywork was a hack job!

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With a sanding block I start removing the excess material.

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My friend Tim came over to give me a hand taking the truck apart while I start the body work.
First the rear bumper swing arm gets removed.

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Then the bumper itself.

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The bed gets pulled of onto a hydraulic lift. This is so I can raise and lower the bed while working on it.

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And then, more sanding.

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After the sides get sanded down I work on the roof.

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The next day I sand blasted all the primer off of the bed.

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Then I ground all the surrounding areas clean.

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Both sides of the bed get cleaned up and ready for body filler.

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Back to the cab, I try to work on the body lines.

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Later on Wil (of Sierra Expeditions) and Corbin (of Zebra Sports) came over to give me a hand.
As you can see by the light green spots there were tons of pin holes in the last guys job.

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Wil continued working on patching, then smoothing out the holes in the roof.

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Then I added body filler to the welded seams on the bed.

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And Wil did some more sanding.

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And then I did some sanding. Seems to be a pattern.

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The next day I snapped a photo of the roughed out bed body filler and the roof.

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Wil took a turn at working on the bed seams with a drill and cleaning wheel.

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Turns out Wil has a nack for fixing dents in sheet metal.

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He fixed a pretty bad dent below my tail light.

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While that was going on I began dismantling the doors, windows and all.

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Then I removed the front lights and grill.

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Next I pulled off the fenders.

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Armed with a drill and sanding pad, Wil cleaned up the weld line for the roof.

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Skipping the monotonous steps of applying body filler then sanding it off, we come to the finished work.

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Then I find another pinhole, so I fill it in.

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A high shot of the truck shows the roof and the many hole patches.

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The tail gate gets taken apart and sanded down for a new coat of paint.

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Along with the tail gate the fenders, hood and doors get sanded.

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While inspecting for problems I found a huge one. These are the holes in the old guys work.

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