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I’m currently rebuilding the old full length running boards on my truck. They were bent down slightly and I’ve had my foot slip off of the plastic running board a time or two when wet. In 2018 when I pulled the bed and did a bunch of work to the truck I noticed rust where the brackets bolt on with the M8-1.25 bolts and U-nuts but you have to stop somewhere so I painted around them. Now I’m getting back on it to finish it up.
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That was the worst of the rust, treated it for now with OSPHO and Majic Tractor Paint but may cut it out later down the road and TIG Weld in patch panels.
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Years of stepping up on the running boards had them slightly bent down and with being a bit on the large size o_O I decided to weld gussets in the inside corners of the brackets once brought back to square.
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3/4” pipe was just the right size after grinding and slightly beveling the edges to fit into the stamped out Ford brackets. I went to a little longer length of pipe with the ends cut on a 45 but not interfering with the bolt up to the truck or bolting on the steel running board tray. Before welding I drilled a drain hole in the corner of the brackets as once the gussets (pipe) are welded in it would catch and hold water otherwise.
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Welded in the gussets. I have to remove some more rust, degrease, and paint. Bought new bolts and U-nuts. I’ll follow up some pictures when bolting on the truck later next week, Big Horn
 

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Nice looking welds (y)
 

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Agreed. Nice work!
 
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