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Old 08-21-2011, 04:13 PM
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Question 2008 1500 Flatbed Conversion

I bought my 2008 1500 Quad Cab SXT back in January and love this truck. Unfortunately in March I backed around a corner in my office parking garage and rammed the passenger side into a two foot tall steel girder that I didn't see in my mirrors. Bent metal and took of paint on the rear passenger door, box and bed. (See attached photo)

My insurance deductible is $1k so at the time I decided to let it go and let my truck wear it as a battle wound. Now rust is starting to set in and I realize I made a bad decision and have an idea...

The original estimate I had from my body shop was over $3k since it needs a new bed skin etc (the box and door only would only cost $500). Now I am thinking about fixing everything but the bed and going bed-less but have a few questions/concerns I was hoping to get help with.
  1. How much does a standard length bed weigh?
  2. What is a good material to use for a flat bed to make up for the weight lost? I was thinking diamond plate steel.
  3. Can I keep the cost down by mounting the original tail lights somehow?
  4. Is there a market for the tailgate and other bed side that I won't be using? In Colorado?

Any would be greatly appreciated. Also if anyone has done a flat bed conversion before and has advice for me I would love to talk to you.
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Old 08-21-2011, 04:26 PM
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I have not seen this generation with a stake bed but it's certainly doable.

You'll not want that much diamond plate steel back there. It's way too heavy and you won't be able to haul anything except the flatbed!

Most bed mfgrs use a synthetic wood or light steel or aluminum sheet with a coating on it.

I did see a home-built flatbed on a D250 Dodge a while back. It used aluminum channel for a perimeter frame, aluminum I-beams for under support and aluminum T-channel for the top to separate and secure the bed material. And that bed material looked like that synthetic deck material. I think it's called Trex?

Anyway, the guy knew how to weld aluminum and had the tools needed to form, cut and weld the material for his purposes.

His taillights were circular LED units that were caged with aluminum rings to protect them.
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Sorry about your damage

have you called around the auto dismantlers to see if they have a bed

diamond plate aluminum would be lighter than steel & it is available in all thicknesses & won't rust

if you want wood that is the most durable, we used apitong, but it is expensive
bull dozer tracks hardly even marked it

some companies make flat beds for pickups, dealers in US & Canada
http://www.uteltd.com/

the best way is to make your own, especially if you know someone with a welder, to weld angle iron around the edges of the bed & just use wood for almost everything else
a couple of wide L brackets or U channel, carriage & regular bolts & nuts.
tire clearance is the main thing
there are DIY websites also, using other options
http://www.ehow.com/how_5560777_buil...k-flatbed.html
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Thanks for the info guys! Diamond plate aluminum definitely makes more sense. Looks like I have quite a bit more research to do (and budgeting) to really make this happen.
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Sorry about the damage there brother, that blue was actually very pretty. But keep us posted on what direction you go, it will be pretty interesting to see how it turns out as I've never seen that generation with a flat bed.
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