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Old 06-10-2011, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ford LCF Ramp Truck

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I just bought a 2006 Ford LCF truck chassis with a 4.5L Powerstroke Diesel in it.
My plan is to build a ramp truck so I can carry all my toys around. I hate pulling trailers around all the time.

I will have a 9,000 Lbs winch to pull cars on to the back if they are dead and can get it up themselves...

I also have a 6500w generator I will add and probably a compressor as well.

I had the steel delivered today, and will start fabrication in the next couple of weeks.
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Old 06-10-2011, 06:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cool rig, what do those sell for? What kind of power does it have? Manual trans?
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It is a 2006 with 140,000 and has an auto. It is V6, 220hp and 400ft.lbs.
19000 GVW. By the time I am done, it will be around $15K.
I am putting in all new upholstery and it will have a diamond plate deck with
4" channels on 16" centers covered with 1/8" steel plus 1/8" aluminum diamond plate. Recessed swivel hooks in 6 places, plus 6 other D rings.
I also have (2) 8 ft. 5000 lbs. per axle capacity aluminum ramps.
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So is it black or white? and does she come with it?

I like it, something different. Never seen a ferd like that before.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As a uhual ramp truck owner,Id like to see it when its done for sure..I strayed away from a cab over because NYC roads suck..I have two at the job and the box truck thats empty will shake you like a salt shaker.

Ive glanced at the LCf once or twice though..They are getting out by the japs out here(probably due to NYC's large population used to the imports)

4" channel seems like a bit much.Personally i think 2" 1/4 tube would be good.

Depending on how short you make the deck you may want to french the winch into the deck..Im at 16ft with the dove and some longer cars kiss the winch at times..Also make sure you build a strong enough headache rack..Think of your safety in th event that you run into something..And buy 3 times more D rings unless you are building it for one rig...Put as many tool boxes you can fit under the bed,craigslist finds like pickup bed side boxes are a good idea and serve my truck well.Get a spare tire and wheel now and incorparate that storage space in the build..The LCF runs a weird bolt circle and dismounting a wheel on the side of the road sucks..
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Thanks for the comments, The truck was white, but now it is black. I also added the chrome grill since the black plastic one wasw falling apart.

Those are great comments about the D rings, spare, winch...

The roads here are pretty good, so the ride wasn't my first concern. The length was. I plan on being 23-24 feet long when I am done. The turning circle is really small which will be a bonus as well.

I have 3 tool boxes that I got from Tractor Supply two of which are 4 feet long and one is 3 feet long.

The winch will be built down low on the frame rails above the tranny as far forward as it can go. I expect the fairlead to be just an inch or two above the deck so it pulls down low.

In the end, I will have (6) 6000 lbs recessed swivel D rings, (8) recessed 6000 lbs rings and (6) 5000 lbs surface mount D rings for a total of (20) mounting points.

As far as whether the babe posing with the truck comes with it, she's my wife, so I guess she does.
I'll make sure to take plenty of pictures of the build and I'll make sure she is in plenty of them if you want...
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What's your main purpose for this? toy hauling, or broken vehicle transportation?
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As far as whether the babe posing with the truck comes with it, she's my wife, so I guess she does.
I'll make sure to take plenty of pictures of the build and I'll make sure she is in plenty of them if you want...


Looks like a cool build. Do they make those in crew cabs?
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Looks like a cool build. Do they make those in crew cabs?
Regular cab only, 4.5L Powerstroke and 5R110 Torqshift are the only drivetrain options.

Then again the 6.0 PS haters would not want one of these trucks because the 4.5L PS engine is basically a 6.0 PS minus two cylinders and with a 6.4 PS style sequential twin-turbocharger system...
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Regular cab only, 4.5L Powerstroke and 5R110 Torqshift are the only drivetrain options.

Then again the 6.0 PS haters would not want one of these trucks because the 4.5L PS engine is basically a 6.0 PS minus two cylinders and with a 6.4 PS style sequential twin-turbocharger system...
Underneath a cab that tilts for service and repairs without having to remove it.

How's the legroom? What kind of fuel economy does it get?

I'd pimp it, if I could fit comfortably. Slap on a sleeper and a 5th wheel, and you're in business!
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Back from Vacation, steel delivered and ready to build. First I had to mock up the bumper height and approach angle. Most of my current toys are pretty low, so this is extra impotant. I am also planning on sliding the ramps into the deck like most people do. The difference is that since my dove tail is short, and my frame rails hold the gas tank between them, I have to share space with the ramp access door and tail lights. My plan is to have the tail lights mount on a door that pivots/slides to allow access.
For those that are into that sort of thing, I had the Mrs. help with the mock up.
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Back from Vacation, steel delivered and ready to build. First I had to mock up the bumper height and approach angle. Most of my current toys are pretty low, so this is extra impotant. I am also planning on sliding the ramps into the deck like most people do. The difference is that since my dove tail is short, and my frame rails hold the gas tank between them, I have to share space with the ramp access door and tail lights. My plan is to have the tail lights mount on a door that pivots/slides to allow access.
For those that are into that sort of thing, I had the Mrs. help with the mock up.
Oh, we're into that sort of thing allright. There's another thread around here you should get into....

Bonus points for that!!

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I had to look 3 times to see there was actually any tech in that last post. I was a little distracted there.

Very nice....


Progress is coming along nicely as well.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Made some more progress in the last few days.
One pic is of the winch I will use to pull dead cars up on the bed.

The next pic is of the truck squeezed into my 24x32 garage.

I have also redone the seats in perforated leather and new black carpeting.

Next is of the frame being laid out.
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nice garage...tiled floors and all....
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ive never seen a ford one of those, are they common out there?
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See a bunch running around VA/DC.

I think it was/is an attempt to get in on the delivery truck market. See tons of trucks that size that are Isuzu's and the like running all the time.

Think Ford is trying to get a piece of that action.
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i bet, you see a ton of w4500/chevy/gmc, isuzu npr/nfr/ftr/xxx......


just never a ford one.... well at least in the last 60 years. ford coe's are the best of the earlies....
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They are not super common, buy they have a twin turbo V6 and a 5 PS auto box. Many of the Isuzu trucks you see are 4 cyl and GVWR of 12,000-14,000.
They get used by landscape people alot.
These trucks have a GVWR of 16,000-19,000. Mine has a GVWR of 16,000 and a 6,000 GAWR Front and 11,000 Rear. This leaves me with 8,000-9,000 Load I can carry, which is fine for the stuff I carry, mostly cars weighing 2,000-5,000.

The total length, Bumper to Bumper is 23'-6". It also has a turning radius of 18' with the addition of the beavertail.
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Coming along nicely. You going to diamond plate the deck? Or do wood?
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Thanks, I am going to put 1/8" smooth steel welded on, and then 1/8" aluminum diamond plate in 2 24" wide strips where the tires would go over that.
I still have to put stringers under where the tires go for added strength.
Will start skinning the sides then paint everything. Last I will weld on the deck.
Lots of little things left to do, but since the garage is air conditioned, I can work pretty much as much as I want to.
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...but since the garage is air conditioned, I can work pretty much as much as I want to.









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looks great ... what is your plan for camping ? are you setting the LCF up to may tow a light TT ?
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My dad works at an International dealership and they have a few of those trucks that say "International" on them, have the twin turbo V6, most likely badge engineering of some sort. We used one to move my sister home from college.

I'm 6'4", my dad is 6'2", we were both super uncomfortable in the truck. It reminded me of riding in a full size van. It was a little noisy in the interior. Not long after we had it, something catastrophic happened to the engine (I can't remember offhand, might have needed new turbos).

It was nice and maneuverable and had decent power, got ok mileage with a cube on the back.
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