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Old 02-06-2009, 06:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Flatbed plans or pics

I'm thinking about building a flatbed for my F250. Does anyone have any plans or pics available that I could use or get ideas from? Also be interested in bed builders and manufacturers. It might be cheaper to just buy one. I just need simple steel bed for a SRW pickup. But, would like it built as light as possible so as not to lose payload (which sucks anyway). Thanks, Nick.
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There is a how to from one of the members here on the site.

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Actually, Mark has two different articles on making two different flatbeds. The other one is at:
TheDieselStop.Com - DIY Flatbed

But to double-check on buying one you might install yourself, or having one installed, first realize that a flatbed for a chassis cab will not fit on a pickup, and vice versa. So if you discuss this with a truck upfitter or bed manufacturer, be sure to specify that you are talking about a pickup and not the more common chassis cab that they usually install a flatbed on.

If you want to do some research first, then look at the sticky at the top of this forum about beds and tow bodies for chassis cab trucks. Most of those upfitters in that post have various types of beds, including flatbeds and stake bodies for pickups. If you notice such things as brand names of truck beds on the road, then you've probably seen Knapheid, Omaha Standard, Reading, Stahl, ABC, and Supreme beds and service bodies. All of those and lots of others are in that sticky post.
Beds and Tow Bodies for Chassis Cab Trucks

Also note that flatbeds and stake bodies are very similar. In fact, you would probably prefer the stake body. The only difference is the "stake" pockets around the outside edge you use to install sideboards and tailgates. A flatbed without at least a short sideboard and tailgate is very frustrating, because stuff falls off the bed too easily. So you'll probably want at least a 2"x4" or 2"x6" sideboard and tailgate to stop that from happening.

In addition to all those sources in that sticky post, your first stop should be to "let your fingers do the walking" and find an upfitter near you. In the yellow pages of the nearest big town or small city, there is proably someone listed under "truck bodies". Even out here in the sticks, we have two such upfitters that carry various name brands of flatbeds and other truck bodies. Their main business is to build oil field work trucks from chassis cabs, but they will also install a flat bed on a pickup frame.

If you DIY, then realize that components are available to finish the job. Headache racks, tool boxes or toolbox/fuel tank combos, side boxes, etc. are available on the internet or from the same truck upfitter you found in the yellow pages, as well as from lots of 4x4 and offroad shops.
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I've seen some nice aluminum ones I'd like to have, especially this one on the 2008.


ALUMINUM TRUCK FLATBEDS - lightweight , save fuel, and look great! by Highway Products
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If your going to buy I'd suggest EBY. I know they make really good stock and horse trailers so I'd imagine that their beds are just as good.
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If your going to buy I'd suggest EBY.
Nick is in MA, and the nearest M.H. Eby plant is in PA. But that's not so far.

Aluminum Truck Bodies, flatbed, platform, dump, grain, livestock, custom by M.H. Eby
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Nick is in MA, and the nearest M.H. Eby plant is in PA. But that's not so far.

Aluminum Truck Bodies, flatbed, platform, dump, grain, livestock, custom by M.H. Eby
Yep I know. I've been passed their plant several times, tis why they suggested it. Oh they'll probably even install it in a matter of hours for him.
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Locally, cheapest steel bed is gonna run me 2k. Aluminum is gonna be around 3k. I'm going to price out steel to build my own and see if I can lose some weight overall. Probably best bet is going to be fixing up my pickup bed.
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Locally, cheapest steel bed is gonna run me 2k. Aluminum is gonna be around 3k. I'm going to price out steel to build my own and see if I can lose some weight overall. Probably best bet is going to be fixing up my pickup bed.
Nick have you called EBY? If their prices and weights are comparable, it might be worth the day trip to go get one(and have it installed).
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don't use thick main rails just use a flat plate to hold it together or something when off truck when on use bolts through frame (rails of truck act as bed rails too
wood floors are more user friendly imo and i think lighter for the most part
a headache rack thats removable will save 400# in a pinch
i have a ton of pics im planning on doing the same when i have time and money and i got some plans for light to heavy duty beds you just modify them to fit your truck
pm me if you want with your email and ill send some
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