Anything else that was bolted or screwed to the truck was removed as well. There were a few dings and some damage to the body from the collision so all of these were taken care of with body filler, sanded smooth and primed.
Since we wanted the finished truck to look as good as possible, the stock silver was color sanded and completely cleaned up. The areas where dents and dings were filled got a fresh coat of stock Dakota Bright Silver paint. We also had the windshield popped out in favor of a new one as the original was badly pitted. Removing this also makes for a better paint job in the end.
Laying out the lines