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joelc

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Posted: 02/15/22 02:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2006 F-350 Dually long bed and a brought it to the shop today due to a charging issue. I had the mechanic check out the truck to be sure there were no other issues. Upon inspection, he noticed that the 3 beams that hold the trucks bed to the truck frame were rotting. I notice the rear one and it looked like swiss cheese. With this situation if the "beams" failed I could loose the bed or if towing my 5er. I have very light miles on the truck for its age, so that has nothing to do with mileage, but age and salt. The truck was purchased new in New England. A word of warning, is anyone that tows should also occasionally check their vehicles frame integrity. I was told that I could either find a "junk" bed or a welder who would remove the bed and replace the supports. est. cost $1500 to $2000 per phone conversation.

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I'd look into a nice aluminum flatbed to put on the truck. It won't rust and it's so much more useful then a regular bed. You can add tool boxes above and below wherever you want for storage.

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Look on line. Plenty of companies have take off beds from when they installed work beds. It will have to be painted. For what it would cost to repair your bed you can purchase an entire rust free bed!

BTW, how were your brake lines?


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Yes, for sure. Check your brake lines ... they do rust thru in NE - ask me how I know that. [emoticon]


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Known issue for Fords around here.


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The joys of living in the rust belt.

Sold a 1992 F250 a few years back. The old 7.3 just rumbled along closing in on 300k miles but the rest of the truck was rusting away. Sold it to circus folk (yes, literally) and they were headed out the next day across country.

I know truck prices are crazy right now but you may want to look into if it makes sense to dump a couple grand into a truck that may only be worth a few thousand or if it's time to sell and get something a little newer (hopefully not from a rust belt state)


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Plenty of truck beds around for that year--started in 1999. My 2005 has 165,000mi and not a spot of rust anywhere. But it has never in its life been in bad weather and always garaged. It was 1 year old when I got it in Iowa, went from there to MD and last 15 years in central NC. BUT it is and was always used to tow a race car in good weather. But another trick is get up under there and wash the salt off. Here if they start that brine routine for no good reason, as they do, I have a junk to drive.

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I have an '05 in FL all its life, and see some rust in the same places. Good news is the FW hitch is mounted to the frame, so it'll keep the bed in place LOL.


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Posted: 02/16/22 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unfortunately Ford trucks of that vintage don’t do well in NE.

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Yep, my '03 F250 was showing signs of exact same thing and box was starting to go south as well. 5er hitch not part of the box, so was okay there. Was considering getting a new(er) box, but other issues came up w/ the truck, so traded her in for a '15. Now that I have a alum box, be interesting to see how things go w/ that. Also added a Auto Saver to it. Supposed to be a rust preventer and better that Ziebart who I've used for years. We'll see.


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