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flatlander42
08-20-2010, 04:08 PM
Can you show any pics of how your bed is mounted? I am gonna mount my flatbed tonight.....

I can not use the typical U-Bolts.

I was going to use some 3" channel, weld it to the bed and bolt it to the truck chassis.

I may even make some way to use some bolts to hold it too. Usually when I am uncertain I Over-Build things.

Gravel Rat
08-21-2010, 12:27 AM
You will need to use some wood to set the bed on so when the bed sits on the frame it is supported. You will want to have the bed sitting on the frame so it is level etc and where it needs to be. Then cut your channel you want to use for straps to hold the deck to the frame, mark where you want to drill the holes in the channel drill them and bolt them to the frame then weld the other end to your deck. Make sure you take your ground clamp for the welder and put it on the channel your welding so your truck isn't getting the electricity running through it.

seabee1
08-21-2010, 12:33 AM
sorry i do not have any pictures ,don't know what truck you have or how wide the flat bed mount channels and the truck frame is .the way i mounted mine was to make brackets to go from the bed down to the frame mounted with bolts and rubber cushions .i was lucky mine was a old truck with brackets out side the frame i could bolt to .

flatlander42
09-14-2010, 12:49 PM
Do you think this will be plenty? I was also going to add 3" channel welded to the bed frame and just kinda holding the entire bed from shifting side to side.

Here is what I came up with. The Hardware is all 5/8" Grade 8.
There is 2 of these on the rear almost at the end of the truck frame.
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/CELLPHONEPICS077.jpg
And there is 4 of these in front of the wheel humps. (two on each side)
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/CELLPHONEPICS044.jpg

seabee1
09-15-2010, 12:37 AM
looks good but you need to add a dock bump stop to each side ,piece of flat stock1/4x2 at a 45 degree angle like the letter (\ )the top angled to the front to keep it shifting into the cab if you back into some thing i hope i explained it OK!

flatlander42
09-15-2010, 10:04 AM
yeah, one of the front ones is at almost a 45 deg. angle. Just so the entire bed don't shift forward.