First off, I did a search on this forum (I think) and also via Google, and I didn't see anything with pictures or with the same thoughts of repairing said rust. This isn't a build thread- just an idea thread. When I start making headway on the bronco, than maybe I'll start a build thread.
So - rust has separated the bed right at the outside edge of the frame. When I drop the tailgate, the sides move up.
So, if I can figure out how to post the pictures, I'm considering putting c-channel or tubing between the body mounts and bed, all the way to the inside of the exterior panels, and take supports up to the bed rails. This may be a temporary fix or it may be a permanent fix. And than figure out a way to tack the exterior skin to my frame.
My long term goal is to build a locking toolbox or 2 or 3 in the bed - so I figured...why not do both? Instead of replacing the floor/bed steel, I could build boxes and maybe line the boxes with 1/2" foam insulation to provide some sound/weather proofing.
As long as my framing is on top of the body mounts, I should be alright...correct?
DD - for sale: 03 Ford Ranger Edge, 4.0 V6, 4x4, 5spd, ext cab standard bed
Wife's: 02 Chrysler Concorde 2.7 Lxi
Project: 88 Ford Bronco Custom - Fullsize 351 C6 on 33/12.50/15