Hey everyone. I bought a 2004 ram 2500 diesel long box 4x4 with a flat deck on it. I was planning on using the deck, but have come to the conclusion that it is in to bad of shape. I got looking under the truck to see how they mounted the deck to the truck. It looks like they used the front four mounting bolts for the box to bolt the front down. On the rear however, they welded two 2" square tubing to the rear section of the frame. They also welded supports from the back of the deck up to the bottom of the frame. In all there a 6 pieces welded to the rear section of the frame. It looks like the previous owner hit something backing up because one of the rear frame rails is bent where one of his supports come up and attach tof the bottom flange of the frame. What I want to do is set the frame on stands, cut the deck off and start from the frame. I'm thinking of grinding out the weld where the rear frame section splices in to the main frame and replacing the rear section from a scrap yard truck, as well and getting the box from the scrap truck and just putting a box back on. Any thoughts on this? I'm also wondering if the frame of a 1500 would be the same thickness as the 2500? Or do I have to get my rear section from a 2500/3500?