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    Mounted with springs: Isn't that why he was asking for advice for a "floating bed?" I think it's to help with vibration for stuff on the bed?
    Hey, it's GORGEOUS!!! Dave, nice job! You caught me on that "scroll down"
    thing
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    Thanks guys.

    The springs do not support the bed but rather hold it down. When the frame of the truck twists, say like going over a curb, this allows the bed to move slightly and not shock the bed with a hard twist. Notice the bottom bracket extends up past the deck frame rail, to prevent side to side movement. The springs are around a 1/2" bolt and are pretty stiff. 3 of us couldnt lift one corner with it tightened down. I tightened the lock nuts up so the spring is almost collapsed. It cant move more than about 1/8" -1/4"or so. The front brackets on the body are solid, bolted both ends. Being an aluminum body I was more concerned with cracking than a steel one. Although I have seen lots of steel beds crack.
    One thing about it, If the aluminum brackets or the springs dont work well, I can easily unbolt them and bolt on a solid plate.
    The side boxes came from Northern. The only ones I could find with double doors, full lenght 6'. Not cheap, like $500 each. I cut the angle on the tail and the little storage areas around the front box to match the side tool boxes. Still have bucket brackets, string trimmer, tree saw and water cooler brackets to make. I'll take some pics of those when done. They went and got it measured for decals last night so maybe by next week it will be all ready for them to use.
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    HMW,
    wow, I thought you made those boxes yourself
    again, beautiful job! Can't wait to see more pics of the add-ons!!!
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    Oh, I see. Makes sense with a aluminum bed, nice.
    Dewayne Sullivan
    Dixieland Welding
    Lewisburg, TN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert View Post
    HMW,
    wow, I thought you made those boxes yourself
    again, beautiful job! Can't wait to see more pics of the add-ons!!!
    hardest part of those boxes would be the doors, hinges, handles etc. They seem pretty nice though, a couple of shovels will fit in the lower part. you can buy the handles and aluminum piano hinges but would take some time
    Last edited by HMW; 08-22-2007 at 08:27 AM. Reason: spelling
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    HMW,
    yep, if you can buy 'em, gotta figure out if you can make them cheaper yourself or just buy them already made, 'cause for that price, it 'aint worth your time. Nice profile though, haven't seen THAT locally!!!
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    Very nice truxk bed. Now if I could just convince my partner to let me take a torch to that watermelon hauler on his, heheh. I guess I could take some pics of the winch rig I built for it though.
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    Thanks Jolly Roger, take some pics of the winch rig you made. I really like looking at things others make. Lots of good ideas
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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