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  1. #51
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    Default How about the rest of you!

    Anyone else ever built their own truck? I'd like to know and see some pictures. Thanks to all.
    Last edited by lanceman73; 06-26-2008 at 04:51 PM.
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  2. #52
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    Build it from scratch and weld it up myself like you did no. Just don't have the facilities to build it and move it around. Thought about it though.

    I did spend quite a bit of time designing this one and had it custom built for me. Spent almost 2 years deciding how I wanted it built.


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    rear open.jpg

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    Modifications from a standard body. Started off as one of their crane bodies as far as a partial basic door layout and deleted out the extra reinforcing for the crane tower. Extra reinforcing on the side walls so I could mount D rings where needed. Had the boxes raised to 5', the max height they could and narrowed the boxes to widen the bed to 60" minimum. Had the front compartment split into 2 sections with double doors on the 2nd compartment. Also flipped to layout so the single door was 1st so if I add the aux fuel tank I can go thru the single box for the pump hoses. The box over the wheels has split adj shelves added. Wanted the double door config over the wheels.

    Had the top raised to give me a minimum of 60" vert height inside so I can stand up 4X8 sheets. Had the pipe doors added to the upper shelves so I can store long 10' lengths of pipe. Don't find them as useful as the ones in the old truck but they were not that much extra so figured it couldn't hurt. Roof is a 3 piece sliding design so I can access the roof rack that I am working on now, and let me have large stuff stick out the top like doors and such.

    Had the doors over tailgate done because I hate the limited vis out the back and wanted the option to remove the doors if I found them too much of a PITA. The tailgate lets me have large 12' sheets stick out and still keep the back closed up.

    Thought about a possum door under the tail gate for a ramp but it became too much of a pain to get them to make the changes I wanted so I went with out it. I plan on most likely cutting one in now that I have the truck and a ramp to try and store. There's more room under the floor than I was lead to believe so that is almost a given at this point. I also plan on using the space between the frame and boxes to add extra batteries for the inverter eventually when funds become available.

    I thought about a sweet work bumper that the offered with storage, but it made the truck to long for my purposes. The front pass box is getting tank bottle mounts and there is a set in the bed that I can use. Roof will cover a 282 cf bottle.

    There's a few more mods that will likely be done this winter if funds are available and work is slow. There are a few minor things I might have done different to the body but overall I'm happy with it. The mileage the cab and chassis get sucks however. I just wished it had not taken as long to get the body built as it meant I ended up with the new 08 Ford rather than the 07 without all the emissions BS on it.

  3. #53
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    cool.............
    thanks for the help
    ......or..........
    hope i helped

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  4. #54
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    Quote Originally Posted by DSW View Post
    Build it from scratch and weld it up myself like you did no. Just don't have the facilities to build it and move it around. Thought about it though.

    I did spend quite a bit of time designing this one and had it custom built for me. Spent almost 2 years deciding how I wanted it built.


    top.jpg

    side.jpg

    rear open.jpg

    rear view.jpg


    Modifications from a standard body. Started off as one of their crane bodies as far as a partial basic door layout and deleted out the extra reinforcing for the crane tower. Extra reinforcing on the side walls so I could mount D rings where needed. Had the boxes raised to 5', the max height they could and narrowed the boxes to widen the bed to 60" minimum. Had the front compartment split into 2 sections with double doors on the 2nd compartment. Also flipped to layout so the single door was 1st so if I add the aux fuel tank I can go thru the single box for the pump hoses. The box over the wheels has split adj shelves added. Wanted the double door config over the wheels.

    Had the top raised to give me a minimum of 60" vert height inside so I can stand up 4X8 sheets. Had the pipe doors added to the upper shelves so I can store long 10' lengths of pipe. Don't find them as useful as the ones in the old truck but they were not that much extra so figured it couldn't hurt. Roof is a 3 piece sliding design so I can access the roof rack that I am working on now, and let me have large stuff stick out the top like doors and such.

    Had the doors over tailgate done because I hate the limited vis out the back and wanted the option to remove the doors if I found them too much of a PITA. The tailgate lets me have large 12' sheets stick out and still keep the back closed up.

    Thought about a possum door under the tail gate for a ramp but it became too much of a pain to get them to make the changes I wanted so I went with out it. I plan on most likely cutting one in now that I have the truck and a ramp to try and store. There's more room under the floor than I was lead to believe so that is almost a given at this point. I also plan on using the space between the frame and boxes to add extra batteries for the inverter eventually when funds become available.

    I thought about a sweet work bumper that the offered with storage, but it made the truck to long for my purposes. The front pass box is getting tank bottle mounts and there is a set in the bed that I can use. Roof will cover a 282 cf bottle.

    There's a few more mods that will likely be done this winter if funds are available and work is slow. There are a few minor things I might have done different to the body but overall I'm happy with it. The mileage the cab and chassis get sucks however. I just wished it had not taken as long to get the body built as it meant I ended up with the new 08 Ford rather than the 07 without all the emissions BS on it.
    Looks nice! On my last service truck, I had to get in the back for different things and I hated it. I've got a bad knee and at the end of a long day, I felt it. Now, only large parts or filling the welder with gas is the only reason for getting in the back. Enclosed though, is nice against thieves and lookie-loos! No see, no take.
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  5. #55
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    I have back problems also. The step to the bumper from the ground is very easy. The step from the bumber to the bed is a bit of a strech but very do able. That was one of those things I really looked at. 2X vs 4X and if I needed to have the bed lowered. I had planned on building a step to install in the reciever but dont really need it. It also makes it easy to load the rack on the top of the truck when it gets built. As I stand in the bed, the rack will be at eye level so I don't need to climb onto the roof or crawl around up there I I have a ladder to load. Slid it in under the rear bar onto the rack, climb in and push it up and forward till its all on top then slide it back.

    The security of the doors was part of why I went with the funky set up. I work more in the city of Philadelphia, and if they can steal it they will. As you said if they don't see it they are less likely to be tempted.

  6. #56
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    DSW nice truck. One question from you pics. Does it have a sliding/ locking rear roof?

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  7. #57
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    Yep. 3 piece sliding roof to cover the 11' bed. Locks either closed or open. Roofs closed in the side view and open in the others. That was the #1 reason to start the custom body.

  8. #58
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    Default Valid Thread for the Interested!

    I think this should still be around for people who have there own ideas for work trucks! There are some good, simple ideas here for a home project, so check it out.

    Thanks,
    Lance
    Last edited by lanceman73; 07-16-2008 at 12:49 PM.
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    I rebuild one and re-design some of it. I have heavy duty air on this one.
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    Thats amazing work

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