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Cutting Stamped Area

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The catch was that the older tailgate was 43/4 inches wider than the tailgate on our '94. So in addition to cutting the stamped panel out, we needed to narrow it to fit. This tool from Summit Racing goes in your air hammer and makes a nice 1/2-inch stepped section to easily weld the sheetmetal together. After welding, it was much easier to grind smooth than it would have been without the stepper tool.