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Old 02-22-2009, 11:28 PM   #1
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our 83 pickup flatbed build

me and my bro have finally decided to start building the flatbed for our 83 project truck... the truck itself is no where near finished, but heres what we have so far:

here is us taking the bed off, anyone wanna buy it? pm me...


here we are admiring the frame...


waiting to be worked on... oh and those are my tracks in the background


bobbing the frame



getting everything square after cutting, before welding.


tacking everything together


checkin out how its gonna sit, were just lookin at it, that cross bar doesnt actually go there, the whole thing should sit up bout 1 or 2" higher...





this is everything we did tonight, and ill be posting whatever i can on the build... tell me what you think, any ideas and whatnot...

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Old 02-23-2009, 10:44 AM   #2
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if i were you, i would bring the tubing in above the tires, so you can still flex with it, or make it like 4 or 5inches higher instead of 2.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:22 PM   #3
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yea its gonna sit up higher for sure, but if all else fails were prob gonna lift it higher too.
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I know my tires rub on the frame when they flex out.... like yoder said...make sure you account for that especially if you move up to a more capable suspension set up or larger tires
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Old 02-24-2009, 09:30 PM   #5
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yup, the bed is gonna sit at the same height as the front wheel well, and we'll either be getting wheel spacer or more off set rims so they dont rub the frame, the tires are about 1" away from the leaf springs right now,
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well i dropped the rear diff today... eriks takin it to work to weld the spiders... i love toyota third members.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:18 AM   #7
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how are u doing on the flatbed. did you finish it? if so, do have more pics? thanks.
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Old 09-11-2009, 05:43 PM   #8
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opps, forgot about this thread, we haven't finished yet, still need to make the headache rack and rails and the front fender of the bed, heres the most recent pics:

























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That is looking awesome! I like the way you did the lights and how simple it looks. Nice and clean.
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:14 PM   #10
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NICE BUILD!
I am almost done with mine. I have to admit I saw your rig on another site and I really liked the angled back. I used a similar design for the flatbed I am building for my 94.
You did a great job on that!! Really clean and the lighting looks killer.
Great work!
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Nice Flatbed. Any plans for a roll bar or sides on it?
You could weld some pieces of 2x2 stock the the sides and make it a stake bed.

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Old 09-12-2009, 08:54 AM   #12
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ya, gonna make a headach rack out of the same size material as the bed frame, then make the railings out of 1x1 and have it slant down to the back.
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what material did you use to cover the empty space between the frame rails and the bottom of the bed? doesnt look like steel but i could be wrong I like the idea of it, because I hate the empty space some flat beds have.
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looks like a rubber mat material IMO..
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Thumbs up Flatbed

That is a SWEET truck you have there!!! I've been looking to buy a flatbed for my 85. I'm really liking how yours turned out. I can pretty much send this to the shop down the road and have them build one for me. Cheaper!! I don't wield so...Thank you for posting all of the pictures. That really helps.
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very nice, im haveing a flatbed built as we speak, def going to use this as a platform for them, mine will have a headach rack and some sides covering the frame
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