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 05-30-2003, 06:56 Post: 55967
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 Flatbed design

My old shortbox Chevy pickup body is getting to the point of no return; "Rust never sleeps". Anyone have any plans, photos or links to such that show how to build a flat-bed for pickups? I've seen a lot of poorly designed flatbeds and a few nice ones. I'd like to avoid the first catagory if possible and build a good one the first time out. Any help is appreciated!






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 06-22-2004, 18:59 Post: 89152
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 Flatbed design

if you find somethimg let me know. i have 86 s-10 with same problem, do not want to buy factory, want something different






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 06-23-2004, 06:15 Post: 89183
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 Flatbed design

Unless you really want a flat bed you might talk to a wrecker or body shop. A body shop guy came up with a '92 bed for my body shot '89 F150. We had to wait a few months before the bed was located. Most shops have the connections find this sort of thing. It came from the south, and I expect a bunch more years from it. For my 150, new doors, fenders and cab corners were available from after-market sources.






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 06-23-2004, 07:48 Post: 89189
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 Flatbed design

It depends on the GVW of the chassis and what you will be using it for.

The simplest way to do it is a 'C' channel frame and checker plate floor, but that is usually much heavier than you need for the 'ole half ton pick-me-up truck. I have made some out of tubing and a wood floor that stood up very well and worked marvelously.

The real trick to it is planning and good design. Sides if required, stake pockets, tie-down rings and lights all require planning from the start to be anything much more than ugly blemishes on an otherwise nice rig.

If you give me some info. I would happily send you some useful stuff.

Best of luck.






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 Flatbed design

As an option to the checker plate floor that Murt talked about, I made a C channel frame with a treated 2x8 floor. for my one ton. The wood is pretty light compared with the steel floor and the whole thing is light enough for a half ton truck. A headache rack made from square tubing in front gives it a nice look.
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