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Since the price of newer diesels are stupid and CA has a surplus of soon to be non smog passin', non rusty big rigs, the choice was clear. Let's build a hauler! :smokin:

1994 Freightliner FL70 24' box truck.
5.9 Cummins with a 6 speed manual. 180k on it.
4k lb hydraulic lift gate

Plans include taking the box off and building / buying a flat bed for it with a hydraulic dovetail, goose hitch, etc.
Lower it because lowered semi's are cool
22.5" wheels machined to the "mega holes"
Big ass stacks!!
Motor turn'ed up a bit

We've got 2-3 buggies to haul most of the time and while I sold my Mega dually, my brother still has his dually but for what we'll have in this thing, shit. Why bother with a 1 ton pickup.

Brought it "home" for $6200 but we live in MN so it needed to be driven back. Had the KDP mod done to the motor before we it left LA.
 

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Got the truck back to MN at the break neck speed of 67mph but it drove perfect the entire way. Got to work selling the box and lift gate off the back and found a 24' flat bed in Iowa that we picked up last weekend.

The back 4' of the flat bed is getting cut and dove'd as well as half the headache rack is getting cut down so we can see out to of the back window of the cab.



 

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Found a new front bumper, grill and fender and those are getting delivered next week. A buddy offered to machine the wheels out for us and they turned out PIMP after having them repolished!








Since I know shit all about big rig wheel stuff, these are apparently hub centric wheels instead of lug centric or vice versa and need to be converted?
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fuck if I know, but we'll get it figured out I guess. If anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears.
 

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Lug centric r commonly know as budds and hub pilots as piloted rims. I guess u can machine them but rims r fairly cheap ay truck yards. Hard to tell from the pic what u have but i would guess your r pilot. The lug nut size will tell u what u have.
 

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Hub piloted wheels use a nut with a floating flange washer attached (can spin washer but it doesnt come off). Budds do not have washers, have dual nuts in the rear(inner and outer), and are physically larger than the flanged variety. Your truck appears to be the budd variety. While Im sure you can machine the nut seats, youd be time and aggravation ahead to get the correct wheels and start over. The proper seat isnt tapered, its a ball seat. I dont recall who it was, but not long ago there was a thread on here about machining that seat, maybe you can dig it up because he did get it figured out.

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From what I can see from OP first picture, is the truck looks like it is hub centric not budds. I can almost make out the tabs that center the wheel.
 

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Apparently it ended up just needing new lugs, so those were swapped out and the wheels fit perfect now. Waiting on lug nuts, then the caps can go on and get started on the flat bed. The 6' polished stacks came in too. :smokin:

For the flat bed, we're doing a 4' dove on the back, widening the deck to 102" and cutting the cab protector "headache rack" thing in half so it just comes up to the bottom of the cab window. We got a tool box that will house the new HF 12k winch too. All the material has been ordered so it's coming along slowly but surely.

 

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Why the fuck would you take the box off?
Because stacks, bruh! :flipoff2:
That box looked like shit. Putting your buggy in an old moving truck box looks ghetto, sucks to tie shit down and sucks in almost every other way too.

Can't claim the monster truck. I actually didn't even realize it was back there :homer:
 

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Because stacks, bruh! :flipoff2:
That box looked like shit. Putting your buggy in an old moving truck box looks ghetto, sucks to tie shit down and sucks in almost every other way too.

Can't claim the monster truck. I actually didn't even realize it was back there :homer:
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Ya, it totally sucks to have you rigs secured and out of the elements, and it really sucks to have shelter to sleep in :flipoff2:
 

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Work has been steady on the flat bed and it's headed to get sand blasted and painted today.

Widened the deck to 102" and built the 5' dove for the back, cut the headache rack down to half it's height to it just comes up to the back window of the cab. Built ramps, holders, steps, blah, blah blah. It's turning out pretty cool.







 

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Looks great! Since I'm a pansy, I would think about making lighter ramps (at least, those look like ridiculously stout ones). Buggies just aren't that heavy, and these look like they'd be short ramps. Are you thinking about getting a cheap bumper pull rv for the camping part?
 

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Looks great! Since I'm a pansy, I would think about making lighter ramps (at least, those look like ridiculously stout ones). Buggies just aren't that heavy, and these look like they'd be short ramps. Are you thinking about getting a cheap bumper pull rv for the camping part?
We just re-did the ramps that came with my 18' bumper pull trailer since they never get used anyway. There's a hitch built into the rear of the dove to pull a camper trailer if we get one. For Mn summertime, I'm honestly a tent guy, even if it rains. Sucks packing up in the rain but man, I'll take sleeping outside in a hammock or tent any day. For the few times I'd prefer an inside, there's a motel close by the off road park.
 

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Are you using the hydraulics from the lift gate for the dove tail?

What is the wheelbase of that truck?
 

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Whatever you're hauling in the back of that must weight a ton. That deck is built with some serious beef.
 

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Are you using the hydraulics from the lift gate for the dove tail? Ended up selling the lift gate for $1500 so we decided to just keep it static since that paid for the flat bed entirely.

What is the wheelbase of that truck?
216" I think.

Whatever you're hauling in the back of that must weight a ton. That deck is built with some serious beef.
Overkill is still a kill :laughing:

How are you insuring this?
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Called the insurance guy and told him what we were doing and he said, Ok, it'll be $XX.xx / 6 months.
 
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