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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-13-2002, 05:34 PM
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Homemade Flat Bed???

I just got a 84 chevy 2500 from my g-pops for 500 bucks.Anyways i wanna put a flat bed made out of either wood or diamond plated steel.Does anyone have some suggestions or anything that would be helpful.
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Talk to Rezzurection Joe, here is a pic of his homebuilt RezzyBed. Its still in the process of building
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I made a flat bed for my truck.



I used 2x12's for the deck and 4x4's to mount the deck to. I just used two pieces of 4x4 going across, and ran the 6 2x12's front-to-back all the way across, just lag bolted 'em in. Only took a couple of hours to build the whole thing.

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Never built one but I would think diamond plate would be very heavy. Might be something to think about.
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but you dont want it too light either cause youll be bouncing all over the place, and will need four wheel drive on a gravel road.
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Yeah er anyway. Steel is the way to go, wood doesn't react with rocks well, in the few times ive been on the rocks with the bed I smacked those side rails real well.

Easy to build, grab some 2x2 and 2x3 and start arcing.

Diamond plate is very heavy, but it should be. I have about 250 pounds as it was in that pic, sans diamond tread on the rear, and the only time I've locked em up on gravel I almost slid into the ditch. Sucks much...

Anywho good luck!
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ya, no weight out back SUCKS, i drove my truck like this to our farm to work on it out there for i a bit, and it was scary as [bleep], my back brakes dont work at all(i forgot at the time) i hit the brakes a lil hard, and the back tires started to hop up and down, i about missed the driveway and went in teh ditch [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]
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The wood i put on the back of my truck weighs a hell of a lot more than that bed did when i tossed it. The sides were flapping in the wind, the floor was nonexistent, and the only thing holding it on was the plywood in the bed bolted to the frame. I haven't smacked the deck on any rocks yet (not many of theme around here), but it hasn't had any problem with trees.

When i drove it to the store to buy the wood, i didn't miss the weight on the back at all. And the truck was converted to 2wd at the time.
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