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Plans to build a wood flatbed for GMC Pickup

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09-04-2005 20:45:24

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I have a 91 GMC Crew Cab 1 Ton with a long box. The box is in sad shape. I am looking for some plans to build a wood flatbed to replace it. Anyone have some ideas on where to find some plans?

Thanks for your help!

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Dave Sherburne,NY

09-06-2005 18:54:07

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 Re: Plans to build a wood flatbed for GMC Pickup in reply to Oliver66, 09-04-2005 20:45:24  
My last one, I used Oak 4x4 on top of frame rails then treated 4x4 for cross pieces. In NY there is a maximum width before you have to have clearance
lights I think 81". After the Oak 4x4 put on upright stakes across the front, bolted to the Oak and to the 4x4 cross pieces GOT to be done first before the floor goes on . Then put the other
cross pieces on where they wont rub on the tires with a load on. I usually put 2x6 on the outside of the floor and 5/4 treated deck material for the rest
of it . questions E-mail me.

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09-05-2005 18:05:51

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 Re: Plans to build a wood flatbed for GMC Pickup in reply to Oliver66, 09-04-2005 20:45:24  
Mine is made this way. Three in. chanel above pickup frame, but outside of it so it can lap down where pickup frame is humped up over axle. 2"angle at front from chanel to pikup framebolted to both. bolt between 3"chanel and pickup frame at axle where they overlap. 2 1/2" angle 3" long at rear bolted to top of pickup frame and side of chanel. One inch angles bolted to chanel sticking up to be bolted to 2x6 cross members on 16"centers. Also 1x6 along sides with angles bolted at all corners between side rail and crossmember. Some of these angles have a round pipe welded into the corner as stake pockets. 1 1/2 square tube extending up from front mounting angle irons for headboard. Deck 3/4" pllywood. headboard and side boards 1/2" plywood. Has been a good body, had it on two different trucks since about 1982. I would use pressure treated wood or oil the wood if you use regular, this is what I did. It is on the second deck, pt this time. I have it off right now to have truck frame sandblastedand undercoated. May do the same with steel frame rails on body. It comes off with 10 bolts. Lights are on angle iron across back of truck frame. I used trailer lights with side marker lights in them. Mud flaps- tractor trailer flap cut in half vertically which I picked up off the road sometime mounted on steel bracket between3" chanel and siderail.

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09-05-2005 14:56:38

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 Re: Plans to build a wood flatbed for GMC Pickup in reply to Oliver66, 09-04-2005 20:45:24  
Make sure you put on some sort of fenders, or mud flaps. Throwing up mud and water and mud is a NO-NO, and will get you stopped fer sure!

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Mark - IN.

09-05-2005 06:19:04

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 Re: Plans to build a wood flatbed for GMC Pickup in reply to Oliver66, 09-04-2005 20:45:24  
Once helped rebuild a flatbed semi trailer used to haul aluminum extrusion where all of the original 4x4s had rotted out over time. Built two flatbeds for two new 70 series GMCs used to haul boats from a factory to the dealers, but were very heavy. All used wood 4x4s, lot of 4" "C" channel iron to support and to cap in around the outside edges. Were very heavy and heavy duty, but unlike a pickup, the frame rails were straight (continuous flat) from front to rear. Pickup truck frames dip down to go under the cab - we didn't have to deal with that problem.

Probably best thing to do is eyeball one somewhere and go from there. They're all over the road and a picture is worth a thousand words, and far better an explanation than I can type. Good luck.

I'm not familiar with DOT rules that say a pickup bed doesn't need to stop, but a flatbed does. But, my trucks have original beds, so have never been through that before. Could very well be.


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Nathan M.

03-27-2006 12:02:05

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 Plans to build a Wood Flatbed for a 1993 Toyota Pi in reply to Mark - IN., 09-05-2005 06:19:04  

I was hit by a semi in my Toyota T100. Now I have chosen to go with the flatbed method. Anyone have any ideas?

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09-06-2005 01:01:57

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 Re: Plans to build a wood flatbed for GMC Pickup in reply to Mark - IN., 09-05-2005 06:19:04  
There's always a sign at Ca. weigh station entrances: No Pickups.

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09-05-2005 01:11:44

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 Re: Plans to build a wood flatbed for GMC Pickup in reply to Oliver66, 09-04-2005 20:45:24  
In California, a 1 ton pickup does not stop at the many Highway Patrol weigh stations. A 1 ton flatbed does, loaded or empty.

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09-06-2005 20:35:13

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 Re: Plans to build a wood flatbed for GMC Pickup in reply to Slowpoke, 09-05-2005 01:11:44  
In California as most all states (federal rules) a pick-up = gvwr of 11,500 or less AND factory bed, all others (utilitybed, flatbed,etc) must have owners name on door with ca(dot)number,log book, must stop at all scales loaded or empty, towing or not. Do not need class A license unless weight or trailer require it.

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