Ford Flat Bed Dump Bed Project....Pics and vids

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« on: March 23, 2011, 05:54:30 PM »
Ok so onto yet another project. My factory bed is rotting and went through a real tough winter. So I decided to make yet another dump bed. I want to keep it as light and strong as I can. I am using 3 x 5 angle for the side and instead of C-channel I will be using angle for the cross members also instead of C-channel. Some of the pics show it hanging from my hoist so I can get the Wife's mustang back into the garage. Also all edges have been milled so everything is square for welding. I also checked this set up with a digital angle finder and I am a tenth of a degree off from 0.0 and 90 degrees. I also used ratchet straps to get it all nice and tight before welding.
I also have videos on youtube username: tjsnordic
Not too good at video editing or even filming myself (cutting off my head with the camera mounted on the tripod).
The Jig in the picture is what I used as a guide to plasma cut the 2" holes in the side of the bed for the lights.

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011, 07:31:15 PM »
As always TJ, ya don't do anything half ass, nice work :thumbup:
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2011, 07:35:33 PM »
Ok got more done on this thing. I also did some welding on the scissor where there should have been welds on it. I am going to send the pic to the guy who tried to explain how what great welder he is. I also ground out his missed weld and redid that as well. I sanded the joke paint off as well.

I got the tail light panel (1/4" plate bullet proof) made as well as welded in with gussets and stake pockets. I also put a 2" receiver tube I had laying around. This will hold my vice as well as a holder for long lengths of steel.
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Their scissor mount on top. Bent and junk. My parts on the bottom I am going to use.





















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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2011, 05:50:25 PM »
I got an aluminum tool box that will mount under the right side of the dump bed. It will be attached to the frame rail with supports and gussets. I am going to use this tool box to house my hydraulic pump set up to keep it out of the elements. I then remembered I got a train horn kit that I never used and it came with a compressor and a tank. So I had to get creative in stuffing the compressor, air tank, pressure control relay (turns off compressor at 150psi and comes on 110psi)and the hydraulic unit in the 24 wide tool box. I got it done and also verified that the pressure control relay works and the system has no leaks. I will have to support the tool box with some serious plate cause this thing is heavy.






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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2011, 05:54:43 PM »
Well after what seems days of sandblasting and getting the frame as clean as I can get it, I coated it with epoxy primer. Up next I am going to mock up the bed and make the rear hinge set up.
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2011, 05:55:49 PM »
 I made my rear hinges, machined some bushings and mocked them up. I had to offset the hinges in the rear cause when I built the flat bed I used the frame width of 36". That is the narrowest point between the axle. The widest point of the frame is 37.5" which is where the hinges are supposed to go. No biggie just offset them. See pics. The pics are in no particular order. I will be gussetting the hinges so before anyone comments I am not done yet. This B**ch will be strong. Believe me. I also drilled and tapped the rear bushings for grease zerk fittings. I also machined a step in the bushings which enabled me to weld the lip on the outside of the frame too, plus give me a square mounting surface. More to come.








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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2011, 05:56:59 PM »
Those 1/2" plate hinges are welded with a root pass and then a final pass. This is done with a 240amp/220v mig machine. Once again the pics are in no particular order. Oh and cutting those holes in the frame for the bushings took 1/2 hour each. What a nightmare.








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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2011, 05:58:11 PM »
More. Made the stout mount for the scissor. Milled pockets in (4) .500" plates and welded it to 2.00" x .250 wall tubing. I am going to temp. hook up the pump and see how it works before I fully weld everything to the main stringers.

















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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2011, 05:59:30 PM »
It dumps but I need to change the geometry a little as this was designed for a regular pick up bed. I need to make the main mount higher. No biggie, cut some plate, machine some holes and weld the extensions to the main mount. This scissor set up is a lot different than the black Chevy that I built a bed for.


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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2011, 08:32:55 PM »
Does your truck happen to be a ford f250/350?

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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2011, 04:26:57 AM »
Does your truck happen to be a ford f250/350?

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« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2011, 06:23:54 AM »
 I need a straight tail gate for my truck thanks to a full pallet of tile breaking loose and sliding back. I would more than happy to give you some money for you old tailgate.

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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2011, 08:31:46 AM »
I have a good shape tailgate but shipping will kill you. I am in Connecticut.

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« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2011, 06:53:29 PM »
as usual,  your work is top notch . most people wouldn't put that much time in a truck bed
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2012, 07:27:03 PM »
Done. It works too.


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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2012, 08:05:15 PM »
You guys continue to amaze me with what you can do.   :screwy:
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2012, 05:05:52 PM »
Very nice job. I plan on building a flat bed for a work truck in the next year. The plan is to build myself a hotrod work truck with a flatbed for getting materials and deliveries. not sure on the year of the body yet. ford/chevy. somewhere from '40-'56. Similar to this truck. if I can find a 3/4 or 1 ton would be better with the duals.
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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2012, 04:06:46 AM »
Nice job! I like the shear mounts that are milled square.

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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2015, 07:41:27 PM »
Very nice job. I plan on building a flat bed for a work truck in the next year. The plan is to build myself a hotrod work truck with a flatbed for getting materials and deliveries. not sure on the year of the body yet. ford/chevy. somewhere from '40-'56. Similar to this truck. if I can find a 3/4 or 1 ton would be better with the duals. (Attachment Link)

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