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Hi, i'll introduce myself, I'm lance, i haven't posted anything here before, but I do read alot of other posts, and this site has been very helpful to my for random issues with my trucks in addition to the fact that I've taken quite a few good ideas from here and applied them to my hunting truck.

This is my first flatbed build. It's at about 80 percent right now, I'm just waiting to steal the door hinges off of another parts truck that I'll pick up tomorrow or the next day to finish off the "trunk lid" for the bed, and some small welding to mount my highlift jacks, winch and aircompressor in the hollowed areas between the framerails.

I'd love any suggestions, comments, whatever, and I hope someone else gets a good idea or help from this post.

Thanks.

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You should probably link your images in your post. Click the little button that looks like a mountain with the sun over it. paste your url in there. Then move this to the tow rig forum.
 

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IMHO - the cab or the bed is crooked, the cab is probably going to hit the bed, you ruined that tool box, the bumper/plate/thing is way too big and ugly, there's a huge hole in the middle
 

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looks like a fucking airplane tug or something.

too heavy and useless IMO.
 

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Rule 1 on pirate: Rarely ask anyone's opinion because many common posters consider themselves better than you.

Rule 2 on pirate: Anyone who's a dickhead on here generally only excels at that. :flipoff2:


Bed is looking cool. keep after it!
 

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The hole in the bed is going to be kinda like a trunk lid, when i get some hinges later this week, so i can access the highboy lifts, compressor and winch that I'll mount tomorrow. The truck still handles pretty well, and I need a little more weight in the ass end, i still have trouble keeping the back tires from spinning as light as it is now....
 

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It looks ok, or I am assuming that it will, when it is finished, but I don't think it will be very durable. It sure as hell won't hold up to heavy loads sitting on that "trunk". Too large a span with nothing to support it.

Also, there is not a single support for the outer edges, at least in the pictures. Every time you go over a bump, rut, ditch, etc, the outer edges of that thing are going to flap like wings. The rear bulkhead will help, but nothing in the front.....

Then there is the method of mounting. Seriously? Have you ever looked at how commercial flat beds are mounted, and given any consideration to why they are done that way? If you are lucky, the mounts you have fabricated will simply flex and pull off the frame, but my guess is that they break the frame instead. You are NEVER supposed to drill or weld the frame flanges, but rather, are supposed to make all attachments to the web of the frame. You see plenty of examples of it done wrong here, but thankfully, most of those are truggy type builds that don't see the street, or more important, heavy loading.


From what I can tell, you have some skills in fabrication, but no clue of how to properly design a working bed.

Here is an example of a properly framed deck. Probably a bit overkill for your application, but the basic design should have been followed, ie, the use of longitudinal runners, with cross bars which span the entire width.



Here is an example of the proper way to mount the bed.



You get an E for effort, but if you came on here looking for an honest opinion, rather than a pat on the back, well, there is your honest opinion.


Don't bother coming back and defending your build.
For the record, I have built/bought/modified/mounted several flatbeds and welding decks over the years, and have some idea what I am talking about, and you specifically asked for opinions. If you didn't want them, you shouldn't have asked.
 
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