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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2001, 09:12 PM
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Bobbed Frame Flatbed

This is just the starting idea, but take a look.

- Bob the frame to the spring hangers
- Make flatbed
- Mount winch rearward between frame rails with fairlead on the rear bumper
- Fuel cell of suburban gas tank between the frame rails up front

Note the shield for the saddle tank.

What do you think?

1978 K20, 355, TH 400, NP 205, D44, 14FF, 7" Lift, 36" TSL Radials

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2001, 10:03 PM
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Re: Bobbed Frame Flatbed

I think it would do great on trails

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 08-18-2001, 11:40 PM
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Re: Bobbed Frame Flatbed

He said Bobbed....Huugh....Hugghh..... B&B we will remember you forever!

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Re: Bobbed Frame Flatbed

Looks good to me...

IMHO dont make it too heavy, don't make it too light.

Ideally, I would make it about the same weight as the stock bed and custom rear bumper would be.

Keep in mind than when you bob the truck, even if it weighs the same the weight is further forward, and will effectively make the rear end "light" - which can be a bad thing both on & off the road.

If you do go "light" on the bed - be prepared to lighten the front to get your balance back...

Hope that helps [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 08-19-2001, 09:07 PM
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Re: Bobbed Frame Flatbed

I believe the bed will be a bit heavy, but not too much so. Im not weighing metal or anything, but heres a list. In the front of the bed it will be tank shields, gas tank, roll bar, and toolboxes. In the rear it will be custom bumber, boxed rear section, winch plate, and winch.

I plan on a winch and bumper for the front, but not near as heavy as the rear one, which is 4x8 1/4" thick steel. I'm trimming the front fenders, but that wont help much. The 14FF is heavy in itself.

I understand about there being no weight on the axle, the tires don't have enough pressure to grip well and the rear can bounce a bit too.

Hmmm, anyone have any thoughts?

1978 K20, 355, TH 400, NP 205, D44, 14FF, 7" Lift, 36" TSL Radials

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