I learned that the aluminum F150s rely on rivets rather than welds both in
manufacture and repair. There is a specialized rivet gun they use that pierces
the panels and doesn't go through the back panel. See henrob.com for details. I
understand spot welding aluminum consumes vast amounts of amperage, more than
most repair shops can handle.
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> My thought was that I can seal the area with a silicone adhesive or
> automotive bonding agents that will not be compromised by welding, and so
> superior to weld through coatings and the like. The bed is attached to the
> truck frame with eight 1/2 inch bolts so the rivets (or welds) do not add
> much structural integrity to the structure.
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> Jim Juhas