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Build a Flatbed
« on: April 26, 2022, 02:21:17 PM »
Has anyone built a flatbed?  The flatbed on the truck I bought is very rusted, so I've been looking for one to buy.  Then last night it occurred to me I should build one.  I've considered building one mostly of wood, but also building one of a combination of aluminum and wood.  I like the idea of one with a wood deck.  Obviously I can cut my own white oak to use and to replace it when it goes bad.  The headache rack will likely need to be all metal.  I don't like the one I have thats hard to see thru.  I kind of have a design in mind where I use aluminum as cross members and 2x6 on the deck.  I'm bidding on some aluminum tube that I think will be suitable.  I will go look at it this week to make sure.  I may have to have someone do some welding for me.  Not only does the rusty one look like crap, but I think a wooden one will look good for what I'm doing with this truck.  
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Re: Build a Flatbed
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2022, 02:27:14 PM »
I built a dump body for my one-ton dually. Has removable sides, so it can be a flatbed. I built it with a metal rectangular tube frame and side posts and wooden bed and sides. you can purchase a hoist kit for the dump - 12V electric.
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Re: Build a Flatbed
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2022, 02:55:57 PM »
I'm kind of kicking around the idea of a build myself, there are videos and how-to articles online. The high salt highway diet is killing my '07 Ram, and I'm going to have to do bodywork soon, and may just change out the rusty pickup box for a flatbed. I would build mine out of steel if I do, and would permanently mount winches on the sides along with stake pockets for side boards. Aluminum is lighter weight, but more expensive than steel and something I've never welded.
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Re: Build a Flatbed
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2022, 03:13:30 PM »
Bill, is it rusted and rotted through, or just rusty? My son re-does his truck chassis and trailer frames every year or two with a needle gun and then some fancy thick expensive paint that makes it look great and it pretty tough. I can get the name of that stuff if you think it might help.
 If not, perhaps consider building that bed so that it can be made into a dump further down the road. Makes unloading logs a lot easier!
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2022, 03:42:44 PM »
I didn't build this one but it is steel and wood. It was on the truck when I bought and I figured I would replace the wood decking. Surprisingly the wood has held up well enough I haven't done anything with it yet just used as is. This truck isn't run in the winter or on salted roads, it also helps to have the back tipped with not in use and let the rain roll off. Yes that is a hole patched with chipboard that was there when I bought it and shockingly has withstood many loads of sand and gravel. It's handy to remove the sideboards when needed and even though the truck is on it's last legs this bed will probably see another use when the truck is done.


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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2022, 03:54:43 PM »
I don't have a wood floored flat bed any more but when I did it was nice to be able to fasten directly to the deck with screws or even nails when hauling some thing fragile  that needed a meticulous hold down.

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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2022, 04:31:09 PM »
Tom, several of the crossmembers under the bed are almost gone and theres not much holding the headache rack on, but rust.  As Roundhouse pointed out, tipping the bed while parked will keep water from collecting there, especially when leaves and other debris have clogged any gaps that exist.  Luckily where I park it in the future will be sloped.  

Bluthum, that's another good point about a wood bed.  I have done that on my trailer and its nice to be able to do.  I will use this truck to deliver projects that I have built.  It will be nice to not have to cart the 18' trailer all the time.
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2022, 04:35:04 PM »
I think you should contact Jeff. He built the most awesome one for Mr Truck  smiley_smash
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Re: Build a Flatbed
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2022, 04:39:45 PM »
Well then, if it's shot there is no way to go but UP!
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2022, 05:40:26 PM »
I forgot about Mr Truck.
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Re: Build a Flatbed
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2022, 06:37:00 PM »
I have built a couple of them. Buying all the stuff at a truck supple place. I would not do it again, too expensive. I would try and find a used one and modify it.

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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2022, 10:15:15 PM »
I have considered that option, if I come across the right bed that will modify the way I want it to look.
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Re: Build a Flatbed
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2022, 10:29:46 PM »
Bill, is it rusted and rotted through, or just rusty? My son re-does his truck chassis and trailer frames every year or two with a needle gun and then some fancy thick expensive paint that makes it look great and it pretty tough. I can get the name of that stuff if you think it might help.
 If not, perhaps consider building that bed so that it can be made into a dump further down the road. Makes unloading logs a lot easier!
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Re: Build a Flatbed
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2022, 10:32:40 PM »
I have been wanting to build replacement beds for trucks for a while. Just never had any customers. And I only have one truck that the bed is still good on.

Feel like making a trip to NY? Could get you a pretty nice custom flatbed.

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« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2022, 05:38:11 AM »
I had a flatbed on one of trucks, no dump. The body was not long enough!! When I would push gravel out of the body, it would land on the bumper. I built an extension to solve that problem. 
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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2022, 08:09:43 AM »
From my experience, if you have an 8' bed on your pickup you need to make your flatbed a foot longer to clear the bumper.  Other wise you will always have what ever you have in your body building up on the top of the bumper.  I have found that a swing down tailgate never works well as the body is higher than the original.  I have built a couple of permanently mounted steel tailgates that swing off to the sides that have worked well for me.  I will try to post a couple of pictures when I get a chance.
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« Reply #16 on: April 27, 2022, 08:54:25 AM »
Thanks Crusarius, but a trip to NY is not likely.  
Now I found a used solid aluminum Hillsboro brand bed for $1000 I'm considering.  Won't look neat like I want, but also a lot less work.

 
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« Reply #17 on: April 27, 2022, 09:02:46 AM »
I built this flatbed a few years ago for my little red dully.



 



 



 



 



 



 
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Re: Build a Flatbed
« Reply #18 on: April 27, 2022, 09:06:21 AM »
Thanks Crusarius, but a trip to NY is not likely.  
Now I found a used solid aluminum Hillsboro brand bed for $1000 I'm considering.  Won't look neat like I want, but also a lot less work.
If the bed in good shape I would get there and get it bought. You can't touch a aluminum one around here for thousand dollars. I had a Hillsboro on a 2005 ford for fifteen years. Bed was still in great shape when I sold the truck. Drove the truck every winter in the salt. 

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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2022, 09:39:33 AM »
I agree with hedgrow. You should already have that bed.


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