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hayhauler
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Flat bed for F-350 pickup
#1718668 - 03/24/04 09:52 AM

I've got a crew cab, dually, F-350 pickup. The beds a little scratched and dented (son ran into it with a farmall we were pull starting, among other things). I'm considering taking the bed off and putting on a flatbed, which would probably bet better for hauling hay anyway. I've looked at the post concerning F-450/F-550 beds and didn't really see what I wanted. Has anyone got one on their truck they really like? Or got any good ideas on where I can get one?

Ag__Teacher
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1718685 - 03/24/04 10:05 AM

J and I Manufacturing (by far the best selling Oklahoma and fairly economical)

CM Trailers Beds

Beds by Butler (real stout made available with or without bale spike)

Gooseneck Trailer's Flat Bed

Hope this gives you some ideas.

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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1718774 - 03/24/04 10:50 AM

Well, if you're a farmer, then you probably have a welder and a cutting torch. So make your own.

"How to" build one from scratch is in an article in the articles section right here on TheDieselStop. Click here.

Also, almost any big town or city will have at least one truck body builder. Most of those guys sell name-brand pre-built flat beds such as Omaha or Standard or Reading, as well as fabricate them from scratch. Look in the yellow pages of Mobile or Birmingham or other nearby big town under "Truck bodies". Design your own and have them build it for you. Or look thru their catalogs for the pre-built beds they are dealers for.

(I found Summerdale as a suburb of Mobile, but I can't find Summerville. )

Hornet
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1718988 - 03/24/04 12:42 PM

Check out the pictures of my flatbed in my signature if you're interested. I've been very happy with it, there is a goosneck ball under a cover in the center of the bed.

Kenworth
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1719026 - 03/24/04 01:06 PM

You won't beable to buy a factory built bed anyhow as most of them are for Cab and chassis trucks that have a narrower frame so the rails that sit under the deck wouldn't like up with your frame.

You are better off building your own or have a welding shop in your area build one for you. A 1 ton dually doesn't look funny with a flatdeck a truck with srw kinda looks funny with a flatdeck. If you built a 7'6"x9' deck for the truck it would probably look pretty good.





KW

hayhauler
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1719155 - 03/24/04 02:18 PM

Thanks guys. I am a farmer, among other things. But I don't know how to weld. My son's ag teacher is going to teach me how this summer, and building my own is an available option. I built one for a C-1500 a few years ago (built that one out of wood and a neighbor welded a metal band around the outside and a headache rack for me. I liked it, but that was not that great a truck. This great truck deserves a great bed.

Smokey, Somerville is in the north part of the state, closest city of any size is Huntsville.

Thanks again.

Edited by hayhauler (03/24/04 02:20 PM)

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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1719375 - 03/24/04 04:21 PM

Quote:

You won't beable to buy a factory built bed anyhow as most of them are for Cab and chassis trucks that have a narrower frame so the rails that sit under the deck wouldn't like up with your frame.KW




This is true if you bought a bed that was made for a chassis cab. I have had a couple 1ton trucks with flat beds that started their lives as p/u's. I have not had a problem finding a manufacturer that does not make their beds with all the frame widths, including Gooseneck, Barrett, Hillsboro, etc.







Meche
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1720847 - 03/25/04 11:20 AM

You can find a flatbed at just about any good trailer dealer, and they have some that will fit a non-chassis cab. We have one on our F250 that came with a bed. We traded the factory bed, tailgate, and lights for the flatbed,new lights, and complete install. We also talked the guy into including a dually wheel conversion set because our truck was only SRW.

You could build your own, but with steel prices going up we found out recently that we could buy a flatbed cheaper than we could buy the required steel to build it.

LMJD
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1721169 - 03/25/04 02:36 PM

No they aren't, this town is full of them, most all on Dodge, Ford, and Chev 3/4 tons----all factory built. Each major brand makes one to fit any 3/4 ton.

2004ChassisCrewCab
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1721180 - 03/25/04 02:42 PM

I had a Dodge Ram 3500 and took the daully bed off and got a flatbed that was made for a chassis cab and it fit good, sat about 2" over the cab.

I got a aluminum flat for my ford now, I paid 3000.00 for the aluminum bed with 6" removal sides and tailgate. Check out my pictures and see what you think.

Ricki

hayhauler
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1722017 - 03/25/04 10:35 PM

Ricki, I like the bed on your truck. I enjoyed T&G's web site. I like a lot of the ones I've seen in this thread, it's a matter of finding one near me. Thanks guys.

2004ChassisCrewCab
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1723441 - 03/26/04 05:33 PM

That was the biggest thing for me, but I still saved money even driven 5 hrs each way to get the bed over buy a Aluminum flat local. You may give them a call he does have dealers.

TARHEEL-FLATBED
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1725152 - 03/27/04 09:08 PM

Just had to show ya"ll mine!!!! Jim

hayhauler
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1725159 - 03/27/04 09:14 PM

I like it. Did you make it or buy it?

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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1725506 - 03/28/04 06:45 AM

Quote:

Just had to show ya"ll mine!!!! Jim




Jim, That bed looks great! Who built it?

TARHEEL-FLATBED
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1725564 - 03/28/04 08:43 AM

It"s a Bagder bed came with the truck. I cut the luvers out of the middle back, that happen to be in a triangle gives it that custom look. I had the alum toolboxs made but the cost was not a lot more then reg boxs for stand bed trucks. I have the nuts welded to the bottom side of the bed for the 5th wheel, just drop in 4ea bolts and I"m ready.What"s nice about this is I have a slick bed for hauling other cargo, plywood ect.I made the sideboards of ceder and fence hardware.I think FLATBED is the only way to go!!!!JIM

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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1730629 - 03/31/04 09:42 AM

Sorry for hijacking the post, but have any of you flatbed guys sprayed your beds with the bedliner stuff to prevent rust? How do you like/dislike it against a slick paint job?

I just purchased a new one and don't want it to look like crap in a couple of years. Like most, it only has about a 5 rain paint job on the parts they had to modify.

2004ChassisCrewCab
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Re: Flat bed for F-350 pickup new
#1731012 - 03/31/04 01:18 PM

I guy that I see at the stockyards sometime that also hauls cattle fulltime has the same truck I got but a 2001 with a steel flatbed on. He did have it sprayed with the same stuff as the truck beds. It looks good, I think it is 3 years old now and you cant tell it. From a distant the bed looks new, once you get within about 5' you can tell it has been sprayed but it looks good. He had the whole bed done but not sure about the under side.

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