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2007 Ram body restoration

I have a 2007 Ram 2500 5.9 with the 6spd. I love this truck, use it to pull my camper. It’s time to get the body redone. I’d like to replace the doors, tailgate and rockers done. Painted black.

Anyone know someone who’s familiar with doing this to these trucks? Not looking for show quality, but definitely want it to last at least 5/6 years no issues.

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What is specifically wrong with the doors, tailgate, and rockers

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Utahtrapper, I live in upstate NY, but am not afraid to travel to get the truck done right. I’ll be on a road trip for 6 months with my camper and could coincide the trip with the project
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So you're looking for a body shop recommendation?
Maybe get a few good recommendations on here. But the work is not even remotely Dodge specific, however a good shop is a good shop.

Presuming it's rusted out and seems strange that if the doors, tailgates and rockers are rusted out, the bed and front fenders aren't far behind.
If your traveling, I would suggest sourcing the (used) parts somewhere where it doesn't rust. That will be a big advantage here. Rockers/cab corners, sure you have to cut them out and patch in. The rest of the body parts are simple bolt on and used OE rust free is your best bet quality and economically I believe.
Where you live, finding a rust free bed for a 10-20 year old pickup is probably scarce or expensive. Out here in the PNW, those parts are available with much less or typically no rust depending which side of the mountains the car lived on.
Example: Just hit local CL, typed Ram Box and there's a 2007 rust free, bedliner-d, with tailgate truck box for $800

Bet you could pick up a whole new truck body for under $2k.

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Yes, a body shop recommendation. There’s no one around here that I know will do my truck. They all do older classic cars/trucks. I’d love to have diesel brothers do it but I’m sure there are plenty of people just as good or better that won’t cost a fraction of what they would
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No you wouldn't....they cut so many corners you'd be lucky if your truck ever left their shop.

A good body man should be able to do it. Theres no reason a classic car place can't do it, but your local body shop should be able to handle it no problem. The hardest thing is the painting, and getting it to match your faded paint. But a good painter who knows how to fade it correctly will make it so you'd never know. Honestly some of the classic car guys would be a good place to start. even if they say no, they'll know who in the area is a good place to go to.

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The rest of the body parts are simple bolt on and used OE rust free is your best bet quality and economically I believe.
If OE was so good, why did it all rot out so quickly to begin with! Haha. OK. I'm bitter too.

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Well, judging by your location (PA), your truck, regardless of brand is only going to fare as well as the care it gets and how much/how long it resides in the winter salt baths.
IDK, if Dodge is any worse. I grew up in the upper midwest and even today, seeing a rust free 10-15 year old truck usually means it wasn't driven all winter every winter or it came form somewhere else.

Can't say I miss it, btw.
By comparison, I jsut bought a 2001 Chevy out here, been in the PNW it's whole life and didn't look like it was impeccably maintained. Zero body cancer inside or out and only paint flaking on some underbody parts like bumper brackets.
Had a '94 a few years ago, from here, no rust, just a thick coat of moss and pine needles preserving the paint from UV damage! lol

When I retire, I might just buy rust free old trucks and cars and haul them back east. Friends back there can't believe when I roll up in a 13 year old truck with zero rust!
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Well, judging by your location (PA), your truck, regardless of brand is only going to fare as well as the care it gets and how much/how long it resides in the winter salt baths.
IDK, if Dodge is any worse. I grew up in the upper midwest and even today, seeing a rust free 10-15 year old truck usually means it wasn't driven all winter every winter or it came form somewhere else.

Can't say I miss it, btw.
By comparison, I jsut bought a 2001 Chevy out here, been in the PNW it's whole life and didn't look like it was impeccably maintained. Zero body cancer inside or out and only paint flaking on some underbody parts like bumper brackets.
Had a '94 a few years ago, from here, no rust, just a thick coat of moss and pine needles preserving the paint from UV damage! lol

When I retire, I might just buy rust free old trucks and cars and haul them back east. Friends back there can't believe when I roll up in a 13 year old truck with zero rust!
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