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    Took these over the weekend. first 2 are with it upside down, so I could weld deck from underneath [no welds on top] the next 2 are the deck on the lift getting ready to cut lights in
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    First pic is welding the rear filler panel in, alot easier on the lift than laying on the floor, the last 2 pics are setting on the truck not bolted on yet, Still have to wire up lights, make filler neck bracket and mud flap brackets. New bins should be here this week. Also installed running boards[nerf bars] to make getting in easier
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    • #3
      very nice.

      yea, not too bad but some thing just seems not right. you better send it to me for closer inspection, should have it back to ya in oh....10-15 years.

      very nice, but it looks like it might be slippery ?? do you do anything to it to make it essayer to walk on if wet ?? or is that not a problem ??

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      • #4
        It is diamond plate but it's going to get bins down both sides. They will not need to get in the back much, as everything can be reached from the ground. Made this flat bed because if I put the bins on the sides of the original body my wife [short] could not reach them. It will have 2 bins down the side and one across the front. Really have enjoyed building it, but the spool gun has give me a fit. My youngest son built them a step that fits in the receiver, for his short mom he says. i'll take some pics of that next.

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        • #5
          Weld it up Bolt it down

          Very nice job.But before I say to much is it done completely.

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          • #6
            cool.
            my wife is like 4' nothing so i know about not being able to reach stuff.
            step sound like a good idea.

            what kind of problems did you have with the spool gun ?? and what setup is it ??

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            • #7
              No its not done, still have to make brackets for fuel filler neck, mud flaps etc and have, since i took the pics, installed back up lights. No need for tag light since its still in the original place. I'll take a pic of the wiring when i get done. Its going to use the factory body plug wired into a juction box. If I ever want to take the bed off its one plug and 8 bolts.

              ps; you can comment any time, I might have forgot something Or you might have another idea

              Fun4now, it's a Millermatic pulser. really a 210 with pulsed spool gun. This is the thickest material I have ever used it on and it was at the top of its range it seemed. The problem I had was once in awhile it would weld itself to the tip and birdcage or the other way around. I was using 4043 .035. I tried 5356 and it was all smutty and it didnt have the heat range on my machine the 4043 did. Settings were tap 6 wire speed 100 and -5 on pulse setting. Really is for 3/8 but since welds were short and spaced out this setting worked very good with nice welds except when it would act crazy.
              Last edited by HMW; 08-13-2007, 07:35 AM.

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              • #8
                Nice Truck

                Okay this is what I was going to say this morning but I thought that I would wait until you are finished but you know your right I guess I should have said what I was going to say because you might not have thought of something .Anyway Very nice job.
                The gussets thatís what I do, Not many people do that or should I say don't do that because they forget or don't bother to. Is it 6061 Aluminum? Did you fill in the end of the frame? So when you put the deck on you not only bolt to the sides but also the back?
                I guess later down the road you'll replace the bumper and add mud flaps? It just that, that part looks odd. What did you do about the filler necks? I guess you'll also add a tie down handrail on two sides and build a bulkhead at the front? Did you lay down a thin piece of styro foam between the deck and the frame? (The same kind that you would use between wood and concrete.) You used channel to bolt the deck down why not plates? Itís just that it looks like you used 3" channel to bolt down with and a plate could have been 8"x12" with three bolts on the bottom and more area to weld the top. I thought you were going to use a vibration mount front or back? Are you going to put down a none slip paint or tape for the deck?

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                • #9
                  Very nice job!

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                  • #10
                    Very nice. I'm jealous.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Darmik View Post
                      Okay this is what I was going to say this morning but I thought that I would wait until you are finished but you know your right I guess I should have said what I was going to say because you might not have thought of something .Anyway Very nice job.
                      The gussets thatís what I do, Not many people do that or should I say don't do that because they forget or don't bother to. Is it 6061 Aluminum? Did you fill in the end of the frame? So when you put the deck on you not only bolt to the sides but also the back?
                      I guess later down the road you'll replace the bumper and add mud flaps? It just that, that part looks odd. What did you do about the filler necks? I guess you'll also add a tie down handrail on two sides and build a bulkhead at the front? Did you lay down a thin piece of styro foam between the deck and the frame? (The same kind that you would use between wood and concrete.) You used channel to bolt the deck down why not plates? Itís just that it looks like you used 3" channel to bolt down with and a plate could have been 8"x12" with three bolts on the bottom and more area to weld the top. I thought you were going to use a vibration mount front or back? Are you going to put down a none slip paint or tape for the deck?

                      Lets see if I can answer all these. Yes its 6061 alum, No I did not fill in the end of the main frame rails [4"channel]. it will be bolted on each side not in the end. Hard to bolt the frame to the back with the excisting bumper there. Im going to use the original bumper. remember short wife? makes a great step. Still need to make mud flap brackets and have made the filler neck bracket just not put on yet. No bulkhead at the front. Thought about it but its getting a tool box across the front and it will come to the bottom of the rear window. If i made a bulk head there you would not see it because of the tool box. I dont want it above the window since they would loose rear visibilty. They work in a resort and looking over your shoulder is important. It will get [2] 6' side boxes which will almost be the lenght of the bed down each side. so no side rails needed. There is a 1" x 2" pc of oak between the steel and the aluminum frame. I used channel at the rear to bolt the deck down because the springs are going to be inside the channel. {not installed yet** and the channel would give some more lateral strength not that you would need it. [left to right] when its done and bolted on it'll be easier to understand why I made it that way. Not sure what to do with non-slip. Dont want to paint it??
                      You have to keep in mind I built this a flat bed to lower the side boxes, not because they need a typical flat bed. If it was intended to be used as a typical flat bed I would have made it out of steel to stand the normal rough treatment that a flat bed usually recieves. So even though its a flat bed, its designed as a tool box carrier, if that makes sense.The original body with cross and side boxes was to high for her to reach from the ground. They seldom need to get in the back, Everything can be reached from ground level.

                      Thanks for the comments. always gives me things to think about. It'll look better with the tool boxes on. It looks kinda "flat" right now. Still have it off truck and hopefully in next day or so will wire up lights. Tool boxes should be here any day. Would work on it tonight except gotta help them spread 12 yrds of mulch this evening

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                      • #12
                        3m

                        I buy a non slip tape it's made by 3M 4" wide it comes in a roll peel and stick.
                        this is good stuff have a look at it anyway.
                        "I don't know how tall your wife is" but if you are going to put storage boxes on the bottom of the deck with the doors facing curb side and street side,could you not have the same on the top of the deck? I don't know how tall from the groung to the top of the deck is might be what 40"tall?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Darmik View Post
                          I buy a non slip tape it's made by 3M 4" wide it comes in a roll peel and stick.
                          this is good stuff have a look at it anyway.
                          "I don't know how tall your wife is" but if you are going to put storage boxes on the bottom of the deck with the doors facing curb side and street side,could you not have the same on the top of the deck? I don't know how tall from the groung to the top of the deck is might be what 40"tall?
                          We use that tape here too, We put it on bucket steps. remember I work on bucket trucks and digger derricks for a living. {Even work on some of them Altec's, looking at a "AM900" 92 footer as I type this] The boxes are not going to be below the deck but on top. with doors facing curb/street side. Your right, I think its close to 40"tall to the top of the deck. just right height for her to reach inside the box

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                          • #14
                            More Questions

                            AWESOME truck bed!

                            What thickness is the 6061 diamond plate and what thicknesses are your 4" Channel?

                            How did you get the idea/design?

                            I'd love a work-bed and have looked at Knapheide and others but find them waaaay out of my price range! Have you got a cost-estimate on this bed?

                            Where'd you buy your lights? Are they special-made for this type of application or are they something I could find under the waterproof trailer lights at the TSC store?

                            ~Clint

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                            • #15
                              Okay okay HMW

                              I cant wait well I guess I'll have to but hurry up I think I'm more excited than your wife to see this get done than she is.But then I wouldn't trade my job for anything,If I was down there I'd ask ya if I could help finish it with ya well never the less I love it so far.I know we could sure use a talented person like your self here.we start people like you at $27.98.

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