so supersize86k5... or whatever the heck shawn's screen name is... wanted to help me (read, do most of the work while i wished i had the skills to help) build some sliders into my truck. my door sills were a bit rusty, so we decided to cut the door sills out and really improve my ground clearance under the body. we got one side mostly finished today, but no pics of it in the semi-finished state. the rectangular tube is welded into the body, and braces will be made which go to the frame, which should help body flex a bit, which will be nice since i'm running a mechanical clutch pedal. the pics are in teh following order: before the shop cat during, after the cuts and the box tube is mocked up in place welding showing the space created filling the space these are also intended to help ward off trees a bit, but they don't stick out too far, so they won't be of much help in this area in many cases, unless the doors were removed. this requires significant door modification, which was nice because i got to get rid of even more rust. the one door we've done so far, we just cut straight across the most inside panel a couple inches below the line under the vent (essentially even to one inch below the hinge.) then the outside is another inch or so below that. we will weld in a panel to fill the hole under the inner panel of the door. when we do the second door, another method will be considered, where instead of cutting straight across the bottom of the inner-boxyness of the door (sorry - lack of better words, the part where the window goes into), we'll cut just a bit under neath, and then try folding the box back to the door and welding it - this should make it easier. i'll post pics so you can understand. i plan to paint them army green, which is the color i intend to do the tube bumpers/cage when i get to that point. should be a real nice color scheme. enjoy the pics. i'll do some before/after shots when we finish on Tuesday nite.