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 Post subject: Bob and dovetail
PostPosted: September 29th, 2009, 10:16 pm 
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Location: Adelanto, California
Rig Type: Jeep
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First Name: Tony
Well for those that want to know how to bob or dovetail a bed here you go....

B-4 you start cutting make sure to measure and mark your cut lines. After everything is laid out I removed the tail light section. Make sure your cuts are straight to make the section easier to reinstall.
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Remove the light section and set aside.
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After double checking your measurements cut the "bob" section out of the bed.
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Remove any factory brackets or braces that may be in the way.
Line up the tail light assy. trim to fit as needed.
Then start the painful task of stitch welding the sheet metal back together
HAHA note the welding helmet position (Not recommended)
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Cut the tail light harness and shorten the wires as needed.
Some final welding, grinding and body/bondo work and the bob is done.


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 Post subject: Re: Bob and dovetail
PostPosted: September 29th, 2009, 10:43 pm 
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Location: Adelanto, California
Rig Type: Jeep
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First Name: Tony
A dovetail is more of a PITA.
First you need to figure out how much to narrow the bed. I chose to move the tail lights to the top of the frame rails.
Measure and mark a triangle shape on each side of the bed floor. Remember each cut line will later be the welded seam.
(you may want to cut the fender wells out for a cleaner finished look)
Cut the "pie shape" from the bed on both sides
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Note extra trimming may be needed for proper fit
If you do not remove the inner fender well some relief cuts will need to be made for a good fit
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Get ready for a bunch of welding and hammering (a good set of body hammers are nice)....
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In my case some patch panels were needed thanks to rust
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After all bed side welding is done grind down as needed
Cut and fit the roll pan or tail gate mounting section (make sure this is centered)
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Measure and cut the tailgate sections out and test fit
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After test fitting the tailgate weld the sides back on, tach weld and test fit/latch
Fully weld after your happy with the operation of the tailgate, cut and shorten the handle rods inside to make the center handle work properly
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Grind, sand, bondo until happy then paint.
The cheap roll on bed liner from the local parts house works well.
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Note depending on the truck and dovetail the rear body mount may need to be relocated.


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 Post subject: Re: Bob and dovetail
PostPosted: September 30th, 2009, 7:29 am 
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Location: Planet X
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Looking good Tony,...a great tech/How to write up....THANK YOU :kickass:


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 Post subject: Re: Bob and dovetail
PostPosted: October 3rd, 2009, 6:19 pm 
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Location: Apple Valley
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Great job and report.Thanks for the tips. :beer:


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