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Grass Cake
01-09-2006, 01:29 PM
Just finished adding a beaver(dove)tail & ramp to an old box truck.
Don't hate on the hunter green paint from Home Depot!(i was in a hurry to get a little rust protection)

Grass Cake

JB1
01-09-2006, 01:32 PM
looks good, good job

General Landscaping
01-09-2006, 02:18 PM
Looks good.
The spring hinge is a professional touch.
What was your steel cost on that project?

A couple things to pick on though.

I would have built the angled supports back to the crossmember at the hinge point, and gone with a latch system that works without going to both sides of the truck.

G.M.Landscaping
01-09-2006, 02:20 PM
Looks like it turned out very well. Nice fabbing skills. Just don't forget about it when backing up:p

tnmtn
01-09-2006, 02:45 PM
nice job. i don't mind the hunter green either.:drinkup:

TWUllc
01-09-2006, 03:45 PM
Man that looks great!

drsogr
01-09-2006, 05:31 PM
Man that is sweet. I am loving the green.

Grass Cake
01-09-2006, 05:32 PM
Looks good.
The spring hinge is a professional touch.
What was your steel cost on that project?

A couple things to pick on though.

I would have built the angled supports back to the crossmember at the hinge point, and gone with a latch system that works without going to both sides of the truck.

Thanks for the thumb!

I did think about running the middle members all the way back..the tubing is 11 gauge 1 1/2(very stiff) I left the space open to fabricate a hitch reciever later on.

I don't know how i could have 1 latch for the split gate.( but i'm listening...in case i build another) :)

I bought most of the metals over time in the summer...But a close proximation to price would be..$550-$600 including the springs($27 each) , paint.

Grass Cake

work_it
01-09-2006, 05:59 PM
Nice job! One thing you may consider welding onto it in the future is a way to lock/tie the two sides together. I think the easiest way would be to use a couple sleeves and a pin.

mcwlandscaping
01-09-2006, 05:59 PM
Looks VERY professional, good job!

General Landscaping
01-09-2006, 07:10 PM
I don't know how i could have 1 latch for the split gate.( but i'm listening...in case i build another) :)

I bought most of the metals over time in the summer...But a close proximation to price would be..$550-$600 including the springs($27 each) , paint.

Grass Cake

Oops... missed the split gate.
I don't have a good answer for that setup.
Is there a reason other than easier lifting for the split?

When buying metal, are you taking full sticks (20')?
It may be different at your supplier, but mine sells full pieces and drops at 50% "discount"... so if you buy 10', you might as well take the other half; because you paid for it.

Grass Cake
01-09-2006, 07:39 PM
That should be 11 gauge 2" for the center beams.

And yes......lifting was the reason to split the gate.

3 -20' sticks of 1 1/2" for the hinged gates....1 1/2 (basically 2) sheets of expanded for these.
1 sheet for the dovetail


I don't buy enough metal to warrant a discount :(

Grass Cake

Lawnworks
01-09-2006, 07:49 PM
Looks awesome! My dovetail costs $1250 installed, so you did save some money. My dovetail is one piece and w/ the springs it is fairly easy lift. I would consider latching them together.

Got any pics of the whole truck or how you set up the inside?

all ferris
01-09-2006, 07:55 PM
looks good

Tadams
01-19-2006, 11:21 PM
Grass Cake, that looks awesome! I live right up the road from you in Cartersville. Would you mind if I came and looked at that som time? I'm looking at a box myself and would like some ideas. I don't work in Woodstock so don't feel threatened :gunsfirin . If ya don't mind showing it to me you can e-mail me tadams426@yahoo.com or call me at 770-547-7625.

OnMyOwn
02-16-2006, 09:58 PM
Guys,

This is an older thread, but it deserves a second look. The NPR Isuzu's are great trucks and they go really cheap on the used market. This type of setup is awesome.

Turfcutters Plus
12-11-2007, 11:40 AM
Just finished adding a beaver(dove)tail & ramp to an old box truck.
Don't hate on the hunter green paint from Home Depot!(i was in a hurry to get a little rust protection)

Grass Cake

Why couldn't i do this to end of pick-up truck?And leave original sides on.

DFLS
12-11-2007, 03:23 PM
Nice job only the lights should be back near the rear edge someone is going to get too close when it is dark before they realize that the end of the vehicle is closer than they think.

Krehling's Prop. Maint.
12-11-2007, 06:28 PM
it looks great!

but the price on the steel seems extremely high. i havent priced out 11 gauge lately, but i built a 40' catwalk over the summer and it only came out to about $400 for 17-24' lengths of 16 gauge 1"x1". and i think expanded was cheaper to use than plywood when i priced it out also.

unless you built the step also which i didnt consider when i first started typing this.

all in all i think its an awesome set up. very proffesional looking

ExclusiveLawnCare
12-13-2007, 03:04 AM
looking good, nice work.