3.1.05

Shaving corners...

The front end of a truck makes all the difference. You need that smooth look that everyone wants. Shaving your corner markers does just that. From the side or the front it looks wicked. It's a simple modification that requires a bit of time and effort to get just right. Anytime you shave anything on a vehicle it has to look like it came stock that way. So, make sure it's flush and follows the body lines. You can start by removing the factory corner markers. Then sand around where the light use to be. You need to sand because you will be welding a new metal patch. You could also go fiberglass, but that eventually cracks due to body flex and slamming the hood. Take your time building the patch that will cover the hole. Make it so it fits flush with the hole. Now, start welding. Anytime you weld on the body, never run a bead around the filler piece in one continuous pass because you will burn and warp the metal. If this happens you have to use body filler. Body filler can bubble over time if it's used in excess, and it just doesn't look good. Start by making spot welds on different corners of the piece. This way you are making sure not to warp the steel. Once you are done welding, you can then grind down the welds so they feel flush with the body. Now start sanding until you get rid of any imperfections. A good way to find those imperfections is to use your hand. It might look perfect, but with your hand you can feel ridges or dents. Now that the patch is perfect you can primer and spray the paint on. It's always a good idea to do all body modification before the whole truck is painted. This way you don't have to color match and blend in the paint to make it look flawless. If you don't have a welder or have any clue how to do body work, take it to a reputable body shop. They can do this for a reasonable amount of money. Shaving corner makers might be illegal where you live, so check the law before you do it and start getting ticketed every time you go out for a cruise. Not that digging your frame in the road isn't illegal, but you don't have to do that around the cops anyways. If it's done right you should end up with something like this. This Toyota also has a phantom billet grill.

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