Since I first started thinking about making a flatbed I
have seen some pretty neat designs, the latest made from 1"
square with fenders built in so the bed can be a bit lower.
I chose a simple design and since I did not want to lose storage
space I sunk my toolbox into the flatbed for tool storage.
I am having a blast now! This truck IS a daily driver and
a rockcrawler. The bed allows me not to worry in spots where
I used to have to actually look where I was going ;)
The bed was made out of 2"x3"x3/16" square tubing, the bumper
part was made with 2"x3"x1/8" tubing for a bit of added strength.
1"x2" supports were added in the middle and a 1/4" sheet of
aluminm was used to top it off. My diamond plate tool box was
sunk into the front of the bed. I have about 12" of tire
clearance but it is not nearly enough - the tires rub HARD.
I plan on lifting it a bit and cutting out small wheel wells
for the tire clearance.
I cut 2 of the 2" body lift blocks that I removed when
I took the original bed off in half and lifted the flatbed about
1" to get a bit more clearance. The bed rail is finished
and is quite handy for tying things is.