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Old 09-18-2016, 08:01 PM   #51
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Old 09-19-2016, 03:09 PM   #52
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Well, unfortunately as of right now the motor for the compressor has not showed up yet, so no noticeable progress today. I did however get the last floor brace in and I think I have the fuel filler neck figured out.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:52 PM   #53
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That's what Im thinking.

I was thinking today that I might should have rethought the tapered tail because I don't know if I can get 4-wheeler ramps on it with that taper to it. Didn't think about that until this afternoon. Usually I just use a golf cart on a trailer, but as I don't have a car any more, I was going to use a little Suzuki 250, but I will have to figure out a way to get the ramps to sit on the bed first.
Load it side ways. Gives you more room for coolers and stuff anyways. If its a small 4 wheeler.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:07 PM   #54
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Load it side ways. Gives you more room for coolers and stuff anyways. If its a small 4 wheeler.
Well, I could, but the fixed side boards might pose another issue. I thought about making the side boards fold over, but they would interfere with my fenders, and I don't want to cut the fenders back out and reengineer them.


On a positive note, I did get MOST of the bow out of the rear channel. Couldn't get it all without cutting the whole thing loose and starting over, but Im within 1/8" now.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:26 PM   #55
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The Bradford Bed has fold down sides.I could get you some close up pics if you want.
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:35 PM   #56
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Yeah, but my fenders are 2" from the deck, and the side rail is 4" tall. That doesn't allow enough room for the side to lay down properly.
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Old 09-20-2016, 08:45 PM   #57
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Progress!

Spent most of the morning getting the new motor on the air compressor and getting it going right again. Then what was supposed to be a 10 minute job ended up taking all day. Good news is that the headache rack is tacked in and stable. Bad news is I realized after we got it up there that I may not like it. We laid it out on the floor using measurements I took earlier, and it didn't turn out quite like I envisioned once I got it on the truck. I think its a little bulky, but Im out of the tubing I need to rebuild it, and it would take too much time that we don't have. Still wondering how Im gonna get this thing back on the truck without scratching the paint (on the bed) once its done.





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Old 09-20-2016, 09:37 PM   #58
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After some further research, I don't think it looks any different than half the marketed single wheel flatbeds out there. I think it will look better once I get the horizontal bar on it and plate the front.
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Old 09-20-2016, 10:09 PM   #59
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I think the difference between a good home built bed and a factory made are the details like that. Not knocking on it at all, but if it were me I would take the time to redo the headache rack and make it follow the lines of the cab.
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Old 09-21-2016, 03:19 PM   #60
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Well, we got everything done that is dependent on the truck for design. Got the bed off and ready for final welding. Got the sides cut and fitted. Toolboxes are in the works. All the hardware is present and ready for install. Maybe we can get some paint on it by end of next week.
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:32 PM   #61
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Design done. Got a good bit of the welding done today. Had kids tag teaming it with both MIG welders running non-stop for 3 classes. Almost got the frame done. Got some pics of the kids working, but I can't get photobucket to work properly on my iPad, so I will put them up later. Felt like a regular fab shop today with all kids working on the bed and the trailer we have going. Didn't even have to make anyone sweep up to keep busy.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:38 PM   #62
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Looks like a great start, but the wheel well radius concerns me. Disregard me because I have never undertaken a vehicle modification such as this. My limit is lifting a suspension or installing headers. Staying tuned.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:15 PM   #63
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Looks like a great start, but the wheel well radius concerns me. Disregard me because I have never undertaken a vehicle modification such as this. My limit is lifting a suspension or installing headers. Staying tuned.
The wheel wells are 36" wide and give me at least a good 8" of suspension flex. Im currently running a 33" tire (32.5 actual diameter when new), but plan on upping to a 35" (34.5" actual diameter). Even with the 35, I anticipate plenty of clearance. If the tire does move into the fender it will be because I am having major mechanical malfunctions of the rear axel and suspension, which means a popped tire will be the cheapest fix part to fix in that situation. Lets just hope it doesn't come to that.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:17 PM   #64
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Looks good.


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Old 09-22-2016, 09:18 PM   #65
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Just in case you guys thought I was doing it all myself. I had more, but these were the only ones I could get photobucket to upload.





BTW, the kid in shorts was just observing from a safe distance. There is no welding in shorts in our shop, unless of course it is summer time and nobody is watching me.
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:27 PM   #66
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Awesome build !
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Old 09-22-2016, 10:30 PM   #67
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Nice work! Had some good times in shop classes.


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Old 09-23-2016, 07:52 PM   #68
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Got some more done today. Messed up on the center panel, so Im gonna try that one again. This new plasma table is amazing. No way we could have done this nice of a job without it.




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Old 09-23-2016, 08:19 PM   #69
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As did I. Earned a few swats in ag mech also....

Still see one of my old ag teachers now and then. Jam up dude
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Old 09-24-2016, 12:20 AM   #70
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Old 09-24-2016, 05:47 AM   #71
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Old 09-24-2016, 04:02 PM   #72
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Another weekend cheat session. Got the rear skirt panel replaced, boxes cut out and the passenger side welded in place. Also got the passenger skirt tacked in. Sure seems like I did more than that, but that's all I can think of.





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Old 09-24-2016, 04:03 PM   #73
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Oh yeah, I messed up the toolbox doors. That's what else I did. Gonna have to resort to plan B on those, or try again if I can muster up the money for another sheet of plate.
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:46 PM   #74
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Man it looks great! I'm ready to see the end result. What school do you teach at?
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:03 PM   #75
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:20 PM   #76
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Looks good. Be sure to put double chains on the toolbox doors so you can step on them to get up in bed.


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Old 09-25-2016, 09:31 PM   #77
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:10 PM   #78
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Well, ran into my first major snag today. Put the driver side on and realized that the front toolbox is in the way of my filler neck. Gonna have to cut a big chunk out of the box to accommodate the filler neck and vent tube.
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:13 PM   #79
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How much does that thing weigh?
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:26 PM   #81
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How much does that thing weigh?
Wondering that myself. Its heavy for sure. Gonna try to get a before and after weight on the truck if I can find some scales.
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Old 09-26-2016, 03:53 PM   #82
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Wondering that myself. Its heavy for sure. Gonna try to get a before and after weight on the truck if I can find some scales.


Check your feed stores for the scales. A few of ours have em


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Old 09-26-2016, 08:15 PM   #83
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We have a truck stop with them, but I don't know if they will just let anyone use them. We used to have a scrap metal place in town but it has since closed. None of our local feed stores sell bulk anymore.
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We have a truck stop with them, but I don't know if they will just let anyone use them. We used to have a scrap metal place in town but it has since closed. None of our local feed stores sell bulk anymore.


They will, just drive up on there like you own the joint and listen to the speaker, they'll tell you what to do.


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Not sure how I didn't see this coming. Got a little bit of a clearance issue.



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Old 09-27-2016, 07:08 PM   #86
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Well, wasn't as bad as I thought it was. Today was a pretty productive day. Got the bed tilted and everything underneath welded. Then we put it back on the truck to figure out that fuel filler problem. Looks like I won't have as much cutting as I thought. Should work out fine with a slight clearance of the toolbox. Pictures to come later. Forgot to take any today.
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Also forgot to take any today before once again swapping back to the factory bed. Guess you guys will have to wait until the finished product to get an idea of what it all looks like complete.
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Still getting it all welded up. Got the toolbox doors fixed, as well as the filler neck recess cut. Still a good bit of welding to do, but I think we got all the pieces cut and ready to go on. Im getting excited and nervous at the same time. Excited to get it done, but nervous we wont make it in time for the show. Hoping to get it primed and painted underneath by mid next week, so we can at least get it primed on the outside by next Friday. No telling how long it gonna take to get the hardware and lights on and hooked up. Oh, crunch time. Its getting so close.
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Still getting it all welded up. Got the toolbox doors fixed, as well as the filler neck recess cut. Still a good bit of welding to do, but I think we got all the pieces cut and ready to go on. Im getting excited and nervous at the same time. Excited to get it done, but nervous we wont make it in time for the show. Hoping to get it primed and painted underneath by mid next week, so we can at least get it primed on the outside by next Friday. No telling how long it gonna take to get the hardware and lights on and hooked up. Oh, crunch time. Its getting so close.


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Gotta check it in on Oct. 13th at 7:30 am, but the last chance to work on it will be the Tuesday before because everything else kicks off Wednesday morning with chickens coming in at 7:30, pigs in at noon, pig weigh-in at 4, and then clipping all 8 pigs. At that point though, if it aint painted, we aint gonna make it. Gotta be dry enough to bolt it on without scuffing too much paint off no later than Tuesday at 3:30. That's why Im hoping to have it wrapped up and have the bottom painted by mid week. Then we can prime the top side on Thursday and paint it Friday. Then it will have all weekend to dry and we can wire and hang hardware Monday and bolt it on Tuesday.

I wish we could get it powder coated, but as this is my own project and the funds are coming out of my own pocket rather than our budget, my pockets aren't deep enough for that.

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Got all the tedious welding dome today. Just have a few thing to add and a few welds to grind, then it's time for the flap disk. Gonna get a wash and a wire brushing, then it should be ready for some primer underneath.

Pics to come. Promise.
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You may wanna consider a length of 1/4" rod laid along the fender inner edge to beef it up some. Make that sharp edge blunt..
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I'm a fan! I want to build one too, and this is giving me lots of good ideas.
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Old 10-01-2016, 04:56 PM   #96
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:07 AM   #99
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Deer weren't moving at my place so I went and wrapped up the few loose ends that were left. Just needs diamond plate now and I think It's done. Just a wash and some primer. There may be hope yet.
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You guys think the degreaser at a carwash would be ok to use to get the thing clean? Thinking that might be a cheap and easy way to prep it for paint. Just degrease it, high pressure soap, then rinse and let dry on the drive back. Hardest part will be getting underneath when its on the rrailer. Thinking I might do it before the floor plate goes on.
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