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We are heading to SOCAL to spend the weekend working on the truck bed.  By Sunday we hope to have the tool boxes lined, and the sides and top on.  We will post some update photos.

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On 3/30/2017 at 7:28 AM, VegasFlyer said:

Al,

We don't' have any pictures right now, but should very soon.  In fact, the design of the rear lights has changed several times in the past week.  The latest plan is for three 4" round lights on each side with three 2" marker lights on a door below the hitch area, which is being built to house sections of the ramps.

John

I'm sure by now you have your lights handled but just some of my recent experience anyway. 

I put  Orval Maxima flush mount lights on my truck 9years ago  And now they all have failed. And nothing else will work with out damage to my tailboard.

If I changed type of light, I'd have holes from the mounting rivets. Also a hole from the wire pass through  

I strongly suggest using only truk light 

leds. I've had a lot of problems with anything else. 

And also stay with a popular lay out and size, like oval or round with a grommet. 

 

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46 minutes ago, rickeieio said:

It's the little things like the rounded corners on our access panels, that make such a difference.  Nice work.

Thanks Rick, yes, it is fun to design something that different from the masses.

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19 hours ago, Broncohauler said:

I'm sure by now you have your lights handled but just some of my recent experience anyway. 

I put  Orval Maxima flush mount lights on my truck 9years ago  And now they all have failed. And nothing else will work with out damage to my tailboard.

If I changed type of light, I'd have holes from the mounting rivets. Also a hole from the wire pass through  

I strongly suggest using only truk light 

leds. I've had a lot of problems with anything else. 

And also stay with a popular lay out and size, like oval or round with a grommet. 

 

Great advice, thanks Charlie!

We will be using 4" round LED's for the tail/turn/brake and backup lights.  2" LED's for the marker lights.

We are working with David Dixon to make a custom wire harness for the bed lighting.  David, as a lot of the forum folks already know, is a great guy and a pleasure to work with.

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Nice to see what happen when a good plan, some heavy metal and most important, great workmanship come together.

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4 hours ago, MrSeas said:

Can you share the contact info of the So Cal s shop that is building this masterpiece?

The shop is owned by a friend of mine.  They normally build desert race cars and Trophy Trucks.  He and I have collaborated on a few projects before, so this was a natural evolution for us.

When we get this bed finished, he will be making variations of the bed.

pm me for more info.

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2 hours ago, HERO Maker said:

Feels like a flight deck back there, doesn't it John?

It should definitely handle all the toys we want to haul, Rockie....lol. 

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2 hours ago, J-T said:

Nice to see what happen when a good plan, some heavy metal and most important, great workmanship come together.

Thanks J-T, we are quite pleased with how it is all coming together.

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6 hours ago, VegasFlyer said:

The shop is owned by a friend of mine.  They normally build desert race cars and Trophy Trucks.  He and I have collaborated on a few projects before, so this was a natural evolution for us.

When we get this bed finished, he will be making variations of the bed.

pm me for more info.

That explains a lot. Love the off road community fab work. 

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12 hours ago, NoDirectionHome said:

Your friend's shop wouldn't happen to be in Costa Mesa, would it?

No sir, they are in the Victorville / Hesperia area.  

We have been building this bed at the owner's house, stealing parts and tool from the main shop, as needed.

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Rookie question:  

How are you attaching the bed to the frame of the truck?  U-bolts?  Flanges on the bed and frame, then bolted together?  

Will there be a wood/plastic shim between the bed and frame?

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We are going to weld angle pieces between the cross tubes and they will bolt to the same angle brackets that the commercial fifth wheel plate bolts to.

The front of the bed will have special brackets to allow a limited amount of frame flex.

There are hardwood spacers that run lengthwise between the main tube rails.

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2 hours ago, les_garten said:

Considering your fifth wheel, what is the Max length vehicle you can have on the bed?

12 to 13 feet without raising the front wheels of the vehicle.

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21 minutes ago, VegasFlyer said:

12 to 13 feet without raising the front wheels of the vehicle.

Hmmm, looks longer than that.  What is the bed length?

Can't wait to see it hooked up.

The Geo Tracker is 13.5', The Hummer is longer, won't be using them up there with a Fifth?

 

 

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The bed is 18'.  We might be able to put something a little longer with the Toy Hauler on.  RickW hauled a 2 door wrangler with his 18' bed.

The Hummer will be more of a day trip or sleep in the truck sort of thing.

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Hello Vegas Flyer,

I'm looking back in the archives a few months because I now want to plan a deck for my Volvo.  The question by AV8R about how your deck is secured to the truck is where I need to start. 

Do you have any pics of that particular piece of the puzzle?  If not that's ok because your description was good.

Have any more pics of your progress?  We would all like to see them.

Thanks,

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Here are some more photos of our bed build.

We are hoping to finish the metal work by mid December and then start painting and wiring for lights and trailer hookup.

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On 8/8/2017 at 3:40 PM, Sculptor said:

Hello Vegas Flyer,

I'm looking back in the archives a few months because I now want to plan a deck for my Volvo.  The question by AV8R about how your deck is secured to the truck is where I need to start. 

Do you have any pics of that particular piece of the puzzle?  If not that's ok because your description was good.

Have any more pics of your progress?  We would all like to see them.

Thanks,

Kevin, 

Sorry for the delay in responding, we did not see your question until tonight.

Unfortunately, we do not have any good photos of the main mounting brackets, though they are actually quite simply 90 degree broke .250 steel brackets that weld on to the main bed rails and then bolt to the brackets that the commercial hitch was hack bolted to.

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