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Old 04-22-2017, 07:51 PM   #101
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Cutting fender openings



Lesson learned, the guide plate will hang up on ****. Raise it up to avoid that



Making more door jambs



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Old 04-22-2017, 08:23 PM   #102
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Then start fitting, the strong back is to flatten the warpage in the bed frame. The main stringers also warped and there is a 1/2" spacer under the middle and home made u-bolts pulling down on the front.





then fit and tack the fender well







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Old 04-24-2017, 12:14 AM   #103
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That bed is looking real nice Scott! I like all of the details you have put into it.
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Old 04-27-2017, 08:27 PM   #104
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Some days I wonder if it's ever gonna end. I've got other projects that I have get going

The under bed boxes are finally fit and welded. Can't forget I still need to make doors





Custom fit like this was not the plan and welding these out was a major pain. A great reminder that being a good welder means being able to weld off-hand in all kinds of cramped positions. I'm not that good of a welder.... These were going to be just simple boxes but I needed fender support and it didn't make sense to waste the 6" to the front.

On to the rear of the fender. The gusset angles downward so that it doesn't collect stuff and the speed holes save some weight



This little bit of trim was a no brainer



This was a pain. I tried a couple different ideas. This was the best. I'm not super excited about it but oh well.



I'll try to get the other side fit up tomorrow. Then maybe, just maybe weld out all the rest of the lower part. I still want to fit in at least one receiver tube into a side somewhere (there are four in the bed itself for tool holders). Unfortunately with the bigger side boxes that one's gonna be inside them. That means the box is no longer sealed and that sux. I'm thinking maybe a dummy plug with weatherstripping to keep from leaving the hole wide open.
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Old 04-29-2017, 01:28 PM   #105
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Our dump truck has an under bed toolbox. In winter/dark times I wish I had put interior lights in it, it could easily be either manually switched or a door jam switch utilized to control the light. Just a thought. Good luck!
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Old 04-29-2017, 01:34 PM   #106
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Our dump truck has an under bed toolbox. In winter/dark times I wish I had put interior lights in it, it could easily be either manually switched or a door jam switch utilized to control the light. Just a thought. Good luck!
thanx, I was planning lights for the front boxes but hadn't thot about putting them in the under bed boxes. Something else to add to the scope of work
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:58 PM   #107
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hmmm, rub rails or no rub rails....

just partially tacked on





vs nice slick look






I guess they are not really rub rails but are stake pockets and tie down rail
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:39 AM   #108
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Looking great Scott! I would say keep the rub rails and extend them around onto the angled part of the bed front and back. Purely functional, you can never have enough tiedown options!
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:04 AM   #109
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I agree with JR. Keep the pockets/rails and wrap them around the back. as long as they dont interfere with the receiver spots.
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:58 AM   #110
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thanx guys. I'm having a hard time with the look and you like more! It really disrupts the clean lines of the bed.

I've also got a box of 1/2" d-rings and plan to place a few or ten on there somewhere cause Kyle is right, you can't ever have enough tie downs!

I'll tack a piece of rail up on the rear angled section to see how it looks. I'm planning a mini headboard, a couple inches tall, for the front and wrap it around those corners. Like much of this I'm not sure how that'll turn out. I'd prefer about 6" tall but then It will require some trim, like 1" square tube, to keep it straight.
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Hows it going? I know you had to work on the other truck for a few days. But you gotta get this wrapped up and on the road.
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:34 AM   #112
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It's close. I am trying to strip the mill scale at home rather than take it to the sand blaster. I experimented with a mix to hold it on a vertical surface. It worked great on my test piece. When I tried the box yesterday the sun baked the acid off before it could do it's work.

I started on the backhoe while stripping the mill scale. The engine is mostly together and should be setting it back in the frame today.

Yeah I put a rearend in the f350. It's back on the road but I need to swap the parking brake cables. apparently they are different


I did put on a rub rail/stake pockets on the flatbed and see I didn't post a pic I still need to make doors for the bed boxes.
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Old 06-11-2017, 11:31 PM   #113
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One step forward and fifty back. I got the bed and box back from blasting and painting. The quality of the work is mediocre at best. I figured I can live with it cause I just want this thing done!

I wired up the trailer connector and drove out to test it on the trailer. Wiring is fine. The engine is not. It is making a nasty noise in the passenger side that was not there last time I ran it. Also have oil leaking out the bottom rear somewhere. Figure oil pan or rear main. Given the noise it's making I am not very optimistic I can put it to work this year and that's bad is so many ways.

On the plus side I built a front bumper and side rails/steps. The fab work is done. Sadly it may never leave the yard. Can ya tell I'm bummed?
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If it wasn't run for long after you put it back together and than it sat again it might just need to build oil pressure. But without hearing the noise I couldn't tell you for sure.
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If it wasn't run for long after you put it back together and than it sat again it might just need to build oil pressure. But without hearing the noise I couldn't tell you for sure.
Yeah, it hasn't been run long but it gets moved about once a week or so. Pull it out move things around and move it in. Last time was to bring the buggy in a couple weeks ago. Then when I started it to go test the lights sunday it was making the noise. I always let it get warm but never builds any real heat. I've done some google mechanican and wonder if it could be an injector knock? Could you swing by on the way home one day and listen?
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:13 PM   #116
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Still plugging away....




yes those are OBS tow hooks
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