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RICKIM

The Ocean State

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Posted: 06/17/20 01:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ticki2 asked earlier what the body weighs, the 7 boxes, doors, shelving and hardware shipped at 850lbs, all 14 gauge boxes and 13 gauge doors.
All the steel for the framing, floor (.125), headache rack, step bumper, tubing for tie-downs.....I should just say pretty much 95% of the steel came in at 1,100 lbs.
The truck weighs out at 11,400 now with 75 gallons of fuel, the wife and I and a couple
hundred pounds of “stuff” in the body.

Your going to have to turn your head for a couple of these pics...

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One of the companies I do work for is a metal shop.....that’s where all the steel came from, anyway, he bent this up for the rear step and bumper.
The step tread is 10” but the rise in the pic is 20”. Well, after looking at this and thinking about curb departure and such, I cut the rise down to 16” and frenched in the reg. plate,
Cut and boxed the corners of the rear step too,

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Time to stiffen it up and also make a receiver out of it.

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I liked the look of the frenched in plate so I did the taillights also

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The rack is 3/16” wall by 2”x6”. I cut the angles to match the contour of the cab and
Dr. Z welded it together.
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I was able to find someone that made the boxes for the taillights and rack lighting instead of fabing them up ourselves.
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Stainless fenders were next... not cheap BTW, so we could cut the skirting to match the arch.
The front and rear box supports were cut and welded up. For those wondering, the white color on the steel is zinc oxide spray for welding. That went on before the boxes were welded to the supports for rust prevention between the channel and boxes.
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Time to cut the steel for the bed corners and skirts

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Floor went in next, cutouts for the bed tie downs and spare tire well were made and welded up.

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When this goes to the body shop, we, and the body shop needed a way to move it around.
I had some 750lb casters in the shop so I welded them up with some 2” tubing and incorporated them into the camper tie-down receivers.

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I put the backup camera above the plate and gave it a little eyebrow for protection.

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Welding up the bottom of the floor to the channels

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The list is getting shorter...

Holes were drilled in the four corners and under the rear lighting as well as the headache rack for the marker lights

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More to come...


2018 AF1140, 2.2KW Honda, 400 watts solar, Trimetric, Lifeline GPL-31XT's,
1KW inverter, rear deck, Turbo/Maxx fans
2019 5500 Ram Crew, DRW, 6.7L-CTD, EB, 19.5s, Custom TC bed, on board air, Bilsteins, Fast-guns


Reality Check

North Bend

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Posted: 06/17/20 02:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

Looks like a contest between you n Reality Check for most awesome flatbed build!
Nice work so far!
PS you’re winning based on the truck it’s sitting on alone.....(lol, sorry realitycheck!)
The question is who will score more points?
You for hand fabricated tool boxes, or him for air ride?
This is the kind of stuff I’d do if I had the time....love it!


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Say what...??? dang, that hurt. I thought we were buddy's...lol.



I love the casters... when I stopped by the Powdercoater, they realized that they had 'misjudged' a bit. Our bed would fit in the oven, only vertically. I had to weld four casters on the bed so they could roll it around. Poly melted right off. I guess the oven is a bit warmer than they said. Had a little touch up after I removed them.

I love your idea with the slip in tubing for the casters. For anyone following this, I assure you this is premium work. What a treat to see. I am waaay more utilitarian and lazy. Love this bed.


'07 F550 with Link Ultraride air under an '11 AF 1150. It's either a fishing boat, snowmobiles or dual sports; something is always being towed.

Switching over to a 2016 F550 with new Ultraride air...just need to get the flatbed built.


cptqueeg

Idaho

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Posted: 06/17/20 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow, RICKIM and RC are good!

Those of us who moved electrons around on a screen for a living are very jealous of the ingenuity, skill, and workmanship displayed.

mellow

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Posted: 06/18/20 07:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Really starting to take shape, you guys do some amazing work. I love the stainless fenders, that will save you a lot of headache down the road, good forethought. I bet that bed is going to last longer than the truck.


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RICKIM

The Ocean State

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Posted: 06/18/20 12:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you wanting more? Almost done.....

We loaded it back on the truck to take it to the body shop so they could see what they
we’re going to be up against and to color match.
Full bead blast, sealer/primer, body work the welds and seams, Linex in the bed, and on the top of the boxes, as well as inside the fenders. Gladiator undercoating, light gray paint for the box interiors and the three stage color on the exterior.
I originally wanted the Linex underneath the body, but the shop said the gladiator was better suited for all the cracks and crevasses during it’s application as it comes from a smaller nozzle.... nice stuff BTW.
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They were up for the challenge, just had a few little odds and ends to finish up and they were getting it in a weeks time.
Needed weep holes inside the light boxes and some welds cleaned up.
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Loading it up for the body shop, doors, shelving, and fenders.
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I went to see how they were progressing during the stages and grabbed some pics..
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After a few weeks and no problems it was time to go pick it up.
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After I finished all the wiring it was time to put it on the truck for the last time.
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I was itching to get it outside to see how the paint matched up..,.perfect!
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Time to put the hinges, doors and hardware on.
Fuel filler necks, gasketing between the skirts and the fenders, shelving, upfitter switching for the interior box lighting, rear rack lighting and air compressor.

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That’s about it.
Just need to wait a bit more for the states to open up so we can put it to use.

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Thanks for the kind comments guys, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Stay safe and be well,
Rick and Kim

mellow

Salisbury, MD

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Posted: 06/18/20 12:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

WOW!! That is one sweet looking setup, very nicely done. You mention air compressor, where did you put that?

jimh425

Western MT

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Posted: 06/18/20 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Man, that’s super nice. Congratulations!


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mike/kellie

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Posted: 06/18/20 02:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is a beautiful truck body! Douglass did mine and there was aluminum diamond plate riveted to the front of the boxes (where your DEF filler is) which takes the hit for flying debris thrown up by your front tires. It's always something you can add later. The first chip or ding...ouch!


2015 Host Mammoth triple slide w/ TorkLift Fastguns
2015 Ram 5500 SLT cab & chassis with Douglass 9' utility body

mike/kellie

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Posted: 06/18/20 02:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wait a sec....did you add a plate? It's in the interior shot or really reflective paint?

RICKIM

The Ocean State

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Posted: 06/18/20 03:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you jimh425


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mike/kellie, Already taken care of that, polished stainless and I punched a 2” dimple die around the
marking lights...

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Mellow, the air compressor is in the lower front curbside box.
It’s an Extremeaire 1/2 hp 12vdc industrial compressor, 25’ cord-reel, 3 gallon air tank under the rear pass floor, and of course the ever so obnoxious train horns.
I put a 750 watt inverter in there to keep by tool batts charged up.
When I ordered the truck I added the PTO package with it. I was planning on putting a generator/compressor off of it. After I finished throwing up blood on the price I decided
against it and went with this style compressor.

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