Not from the factory. When the panels are pressed the 'cotton reel' holes are punched in the side as well.
The removal of the cotton reels (used for retention of the tonneau cover) will need to be done at the Dealership or a panel beater and shouldn't be a drama with normal care and attention.
A set of plugs are available through Parts that can be painted and inserted in the holes to 'almost' make the holes invisible.
I've also seen, presumably the more expensive option, but more aesthetically appealing method of getting a panel beater to fill the holes with normal body putty and buffing it back before respraying the ute well.
Yeah, those holes and the 'plug fix' aren't the ducks guts but they sell heaps of utes so why would Ford change anything I ask?
BA'1.5' Pursuit 290
Lightning Strike / Reflective Orange Stripes 'General' Dog - AP's German Shepherd and Best Mate - 02Dec1998-15Dec2003.
'Pepper' Dog - General's and My Little German Shepherd Sweetie - 1996?-02Apr2006. 'Sako' Dog - My Beautiful and Pretty German Shepherd - 2001?-23Aug2006.
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