The dealer by me AG truck equipment has them all laying flat on the ground waiting to be assembled. The sides drop in. On his you can remove the sides at your convinance. You guy must have welded them on. My buddy who has one, we had to unbolt the body sections from the bulkhead, that was the only thing holding them on. Otherwise they lifted right off. Also when making stake sides for them the bulkhead is comes back further on the door side for the lip. Same side the stake pockets weren't all on 24" centers like the brouchure claimed. Tis all made it diffacult to frabricate our own wood sides. Wasn't real hard, just had to be paticular when we built them, due to not everything is centered, just like Richers bodies. Both of us built his wood sides. Also on his body, there were no stake pockets on the back of the bed so, I welded 4 on there. I like the body, it just doesn't fit what I need it for. And it only comes in a complete kit form.