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flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:19 AM
I'm just going to begin this thread tonight. I will post more pics as time allows. My "photobucket" is super slow and often causes me problems. But I will give it a GO anyways.


Ford E-450. It was an Ambulance, And now is a Mowing Truck.

Like I said, I will continue the story. Here are a few pics to get your taste buds warmed up. Enjoy.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/100_2698.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/RapidChassis1.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/100_2697.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:21 AM
I have a hard time spending $$$$ when I think I can "MAKE" it. So I found an old grain truck flatbed that was in good shape, and that is where it all begins.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0006.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:22 AM
Just another pic of her in Bare Form.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0005.jpg

FinerCutslawnCare
05-13-2011, 12:34 AM
What a TURD!!!! Haha just kidding that is a great idea! What kind of bed do you plan on putting on it? Keep as the flat you made, or have a box? Or just go all out and have a dump? Either way cool idea!

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:38 AM
When the bed was upside down on the flatbed pickup in the eariler pic I took the two Beams and chopped them off, cleaned them up and layed them flat. That saved ~5" of overall bed height. I'll try to find pics of that.

Here it is going onto the van. Handy to have a tractor around to flip the bed and lift er up.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/CELLPHONEPICS058-1.jpg


Yes, I just strapped it down to drive it back to my house. 60miles. There are more straps on that bed than you can shake a stick at!

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/Image048.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:45 AM
I went ahead and cut off about 3' from the original bed. The piece I put on for the new back is SUPER thick and heavy. I think it was part of a grain elevator leg or something. About 1/2" thick 7" channel iron. Ignore the chit sitting around in my pics.....there is going to be a Bunch of random stuff in the backround....LOL

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/CELLPHONEPICS076-1.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:49 AM
Turd eh? Not everybody's cup of tea I know that allready. My brother thinks I'm nuts.

13' flatbed with a REMOVABLE Dovetail.


What a TURD!!!! Haha just kidding that is a great idea! What kind of bed do you plan on putting on it? Keep as the flat you made, or have a box? Or just go all out and have a dump? Either way cool idea!

blk90s13
05-13-2011, 12:50 AM
looking interesting so far, what did you use for the back on the cab ?

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:52 AM
looking interesting so far, what did you use for the back on the cab ?

I cheaped out and just used some sheet metal and a window out of an old truck sleeper. Not the best for interior space...but it'll do for a while.

DLAWNS
05-13-2011, 12:53 AM
Awww damn...I will be watching....if I built that it would fall right apart! hahaha

THEGOLDPRO
05-13-2011, 12:55 AM
Sweet, i like projects like this.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:55 AM
Awww damn...I will be watching....if I built that it would fall right apart! hahaha

No matter how much welding I have done. I can't get myself to totally trust what I make. So I tend to over build things....you'll see in some of the later pics!!!

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 12:56 AM
Sweet, i like projects like this.

This project won't disappoint....I promise!

tstutz
05-13-2011, 01:32 AM
What type of welder are you using? hopefully your sticking with an arc welder for a stronger weld, but migs are fast! I love the idea keep us posted with pics as you go!

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 02:08 AM
I'm using a Hobart Handler 187.....w/o looking that number may be wrong. That is a MIG welder for those that don't know. But when it is cranked up it is supposed to be good for 5/16" single pass. And I have been beveling and doing multi pass welds. So I know I have good penetration, and I don't grind off welds unless there is clearance reasons. So overall, I am confident for the most part....just that tiny voice in my head that just worries all of the time!!!

h2oskier
05-13-2011, 04:47 AM
Hey when you figure out the audio post on this site could you blow the siren a few times for us that are watching?:laugh::laugh::laugh:

White Gardens
05-13-2011, 09:21 AM
Subscribed!

Lefet
05-13-2011, 09:44 AM
Great thread, love these types of project. I couldn't do it if my life depended on it!
SUBSCRIBED!!!!!!!!!!!!

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 10:53 AM
Hey when you figure out the audio post on this site could you blow the siren a few times for us that are watching?:laugh::laugh::laugh:

Sorry, but they stripped this thing down before I bought it! It does not even have a radio....the am/fm one!

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 10:57 AM
Great thread, love these types of project. I couldn't do it if my life depended on it!
SUBSCRIBED!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Wife thinks the exact same thing! haha

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:07 AM
Here is the steel for the dovetail.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0264-1.jpg


Check out the clearance lights I found for it....I Like them!

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2013.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2001.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:11 AM
The headache rack in progress.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2004.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2002.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:13 AM
Oh yeah, I had to put new brakes and tires on it too...that was fun$$$$$$. I think when they stripped er down they even gave me scabs for tires. There is no way they drove it on those eggs.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:38 AM
First of all....ignore some of the odly placed photobucket edit swirls..stupid slow computer!


If you look close you can see some flat steel bolted to the back of the bed. That is where I welded everything to....so it can be un-bolted. The green steel is just tacked in place to help keep things square.

And those tail lights, and marker lights will stay there for when it is in "flatbed" mode, and when the dovetail is on you can still see them through the mesh. Kind of a neat look if you ask me.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2009.jpg

deerewashed
05-13-2011, 12:37 PM
unreal.... what was the price for the e-450? and how many miles? diesel?

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 01:10 PM
unreal.... what was the price for the e-450? and how many miles? diesel?

Lets just say it was WAY cheaper to have the E instead of an F!

6.0
86k miles

Puddle of Oil
05-13-2011, 01:25 PM
Subscribing!

NBL
05-13-2011, 03:33 PM
Thanks for posting. I'm very impressed and I hope this serves you well.

FerrisDiesel
05-13-2011, 04:45 PM
Nice work, can't wait to see the end product..........get to work!! :clapping:

PrimoSR
05-13-2011, 05:39 PM
Subscribing...

knox gsl
05-13-2011, 06:07 PM
Great Work! subscribed

Chevy z71
05-13-2011, 06:11 PM
Subscribing like every one alse so far its looking good.

bobcat48
05-13-2011, 08:12 PM
Looks great,very nice project!

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 08:26 PM
Ya spoze 4" chan. is good enough? :cool2: If you notice the clamps are holding a smaller piece in the middle to keep the two sides exactly straight. I figured it couldn't hurt.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2021.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2019-1.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 08:49 PM
More metal and structure.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2031.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2028.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 09:10 PM
Getin some of the expanded metal put on.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics2036.jpg

Ben's Landscape
05-13-2011, 09:16 PM
looks really good i cant wait to see the finished result! are you doing oak flooring on the deck? or keeping th eold deck?

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 09:21 PM
looks really good i cant wait to see the finished result! are you doing oak flooring on the deck? or keeping th eold deck?

The floor is actually Really Solid. If it ever becomes a problem.....I will figure out something then. Not sure what I would want.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 09:23 PM
Ramp in progress.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0273.jpg


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0274.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 09:25 PM
By the way...That ramp is heavier than hell. I can lift it....but It is hard enough that I actually have to try and use good form, ya know back vertical ect.

IES
05-13-2011, 09:25 PM
Nice work. Are you worried about the dovetail dragging if you have some inclines? It maybe is just they way I'm looking at the pic. Nice welds
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flatlander42
05-13-2011, 09:28 PM
Nice work. Are you worried about the dovetail dragging if you have some inclines? It maybe is just they way I'm looking at the pic. Nice welds
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That is/was a concern of mine too. I looked around and seen so many campers with worse tail ends, let alone car trailers and the various other rigs.


And the more I thought about it, I can't recall ever driving where it would be a problem. Soooo, I hope I'm in the clear!

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 09:31 PM
Headache rack on. Still need to fasten the sheet metal somehow. Oh yeah, the decals are gone too!!!!


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics3014.jpg

White Gardens
05-13-2011, 09:37 PM
By the way...That ramp is heavier than hell. I can lift it....but It is hard enough that I actually have to try and use good form, ya know back vertical ect.

Ya, might need to get a lift assist, that thing does look heavy as heck.

Are all the photos taken a couple of weeks ago? I don't see any leaves on the trees?

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 09:59 PM
Most of the pics are from this spring. Some are sadly kinda old tho.

And as far as the gate assist goes....keep your eye on some future pics.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 10:38 PM
One reason why I'm happy to have two garages!

You can see in this pic the extra angle iron that got put on the dovetail for more support. Also, there is two 2" pieces of channel on the gate that were not in the older pics.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0306.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 10:42 PM
what do you all think so far? Anything you'd like to add? kinda quiet around here....

Jelinek61
05-13-2011, 10:42 PM
Thats a sweet rig. Looks like you got a lot done in a short period of time.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 10:46 PM
oh yeah, here is the hinge that I made. The entire setup should be slid about 1 or 2 inches to the left....It works great as far as flipping the entire gate forward goes. It won't allow it to go down....past straight very far tho. It should not be a problem. If it becomes a problem I can always just drill another hole on the dovetail side up an inch or so.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics3010.jpg

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 10:48 PM
Thats a sweet rig. Looks like you got a lot done in a short period of time.

It is an illusion!!!

I bought the truck about a year ago. I have a book of reasons why it has taken so long. Kids, my work, my wifes work, money....ect. There are times when I could not work on it but for a few hours a week.

Either way, I'm almost done. I'm just taking time posting pics. It is more fun to see progress pics instead of a before and after.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:06 PM
The entire thing just Bolts together. It took a buddy and myself about 30 minutes to put it all on for the first time. I'm sure it could be done faster if needed. But I don't really plan on taking it off. I figured it would be nice to be able to do so if needed.

So...first things first. DRIVE ON IT!!! I was about a half inch from driving my B2 up it!! Not sure what the gate would think of it tho.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics3011.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics3013.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics3016.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics3015.jpg

PrimoSR
05-13-2011, 11:20 PM
That's awesome, nice work! Will it have any other uses besides transporting mowers?

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:25 PM
That's awesome, nice work! Will it have any other uses besides transporting mowers?

Not any other real uses yet. But I may put a Goose Neck hitch on her sometime and the dovetail would have to go then. Also, there will be a Box of some sort on the front to haul grass. It will be the full width, and about 6' back from the front. Over time the box will be some sort of side dump. But for now I will be scooping.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:31 PM
PIC #3 of post #51. Look close at the gap between the ramp and dovetail. Turns out I am not patient enough when welding the mesh on the ramp. It warped it. If you sight your eye down the width of the ramp, you can see it warped it about 1/2". I thought about turning the ramp upside down, parking my navigator on it and beating it back straight. Then the more I thought about it it may have bent like this over time anyways. IF it ever becomes a problem I could always straighten it out and weld something over that top piece of square tube.

That is the one problem I will have with the hinge points so far appart.

knox gsl
05-13-2011, 11:35 PM
Look at O&R's pics thread he has a picture of a isuzu with a dump insert mounted sideways on the front of the bed. Seems like it would be very doable. Looks like your good at fabbing stuff up maybe build a dump box yourself.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:42 PM
Look at O&R's pics thread he has a picture of a isuzu with a dump insert mounted sideways on the front of the bed. Seems like it would be very doable. Looks like your good at fabbing stuff up maybe build a dump box yourself.

do you have a link to what you are talking about?


As far as the dump box goes.....I've been looking at those too. And yeah I would be building whatever. I have a load of ideas. But I need to find what would be cool, and functional at the same time.

flatlander42
05-13-2011, 11:46 PM
Here is what the inside of that cab-back looks like. More than meets the eye.



http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0571.jpg

knox gsl
05-13-2011, 11:53 PM
How close are you to the dash with that cab back?

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:02 AM
The drivers side is tight, but ok. The passenger side is do-able but sucks. I just kinda slapped it together and now I'm shopping for a deeper one. Like a u-haul or the new schwans trucks.

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:10 AM
sides before paint.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/cellphonepics4003.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/cellphonepics4002.jpg

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:14 AM
look close, you can see my 31$ gate assist. Also, look at the headache rack.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/cellphonepics4022.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/cellphonepics4021.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/cellphonepics4025.jpg

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:17 AM
I did have the cable inside of the spring. Stupid cable kept comming out and binding the spring. So, the cable had to go. I'll just be risky and lift from the drivers side.

I can lift the ramp now with one arm. So, about 10 average arms.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/cellphonepics4019.jpg


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/cellphonepics4024.jpg

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:20 AM
Here is the reason for the hinge design. I don't want to pull a parachute if I don't have to.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics3017.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/phonepics3019.jpg

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:25 AM
Yay they fit side by side!! kinda:drinkup:


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/cellphonepics4027-1.jpg

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:27 AM
Here is the first taste of the reflector tape. I've got about 40' of it!!

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0329.jpg

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:29 AM
Here is the welder that has done all of the metal melting. 1 tank of c25 and 10lbs + of wire....and counting.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/van%20project/IMG_0320.jpg

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 12:41 AM
I feel sorry for the people using Dialup!!! hahaha

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 09:56 AM
To do list- Wire tail lights, low and high. Put in marker lights on the drivers side. Install tie down points. Put on final coat of paint for side rails and side of bed. Figure out a filler neck. Take radio out of f150 and put in van. Vinal on the doors and hood. Build the box on the front for grass. Make locations for fuel cans and tools. + about 30 things I'm not thinking of right now.



There ain't to much left...but the crappy part is that I'm off to head out and mow. Thanks rain for messin up my sat!

KE-llc
05-14-2011, 03:11 PM
bet that thing will bottom our REAL easy! Nice fab work though.
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White Gardens
05-14-2011, 03:38 PM
Even if it does bottom out, it wouldn't be hard to just disconnect it from the bed and shorten the dove-tail.

Lefet
05-14-2011, 03:58 PM
I have to give you credit, you're getting it done! I'd be still stuck on what to do first. Really enjoying the thread.

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 05:20 PM
bet that thing will bottom our REAL easy! Nice fab work though.
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No worse than any of these pics..... Or any Camper, youhaul, handibus, school bus....ect. Hell, even almost any landscape body I've seen is this bad if not worse.

IF it were to bottom out....wouldn't the trailer jack on my little 5x8 trailer be scuffing the ground everywhere? Notice my username?? LOL Time will tell I guess.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/B2rQL9QEGkKGrHqQOKjEODvQjBMjYgRKIm_12-1.jpg
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/4KLC4J1U38J801794_068_LG.jpg
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/2wergwre.jpg

flatlander42
05-14-2011, 05:24 PM
My main concern is the tire clearance. I may have to cut a radius above the tires.

Falcon50EX
05-14-2011, 07:53 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=271490&page=39


I hope the link works above these guys fab every thing and do good work just look for their trimmer racks.

Great Job keep the pictures coming

Falcon50EX
05-14-2011, 07:56 PM
My main concern is the tire clearance. I may have to cut a radius above the tires.

Could you lift the bed or would that alter the geometry of the ramp

Tyler's Lawn Maintenance
05-14-2011, 09:58 PM
Are you planning on putting sides on the dovetail?
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Tyler's Lawn Maintenance
05-14-2011, 11:26 PM
Are you planning on putting sides on the dovetail? Also why not make the gate a split gate?
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stang2244
05-15-2011, 12:11 AM
Fun to see these projects. I just did a smaller version of this on a chevy 2500. You mention the reason for the hinge design but do you think it catches that much wind with the expanded metal? Seems like opening and closing it would be alot easier if you only had to bring it to vertical and not beyond that, if that makes sense. What angle did you make the dovetail and how long is it? Also how long is the gate? Looks like you put some good thought into it with your removable design. I like it! You going to do any trimmer racks/baskets, etc...?

flatlander42
05-15-2011, 10:59 AM
The gate is not split because I don't want a hinge in the middle.


Sides on the dovetail.....Yes.

Racks? Yes

Expanded metal will catch a bunch of wind. Even if it was a tube structure w/o any mesh it would catch wind. Do some reading about sandrails and the guys say that their car actually has more drag with the tubes exposed. The cars become faster when they put the panneling on them.

Last year I pulled one of my fathers trailers around and the thing had a ramp that was pry 8' tall. It was just a skinny 13' long single axel trailer, nice and light. That stupid thing was harder to pull than the 16' tandem axel trailer I pulled the summer before.

flatlander42
05-15-2011, 11:00 AM
Could you lift the bed or would that alter the geometry of the ramp

I am/was trying to keep the bed as low as possible. I'm sure if I went higher the ramp would have to be longer.

mowandblow1980
05-15-2011, 08:25 PM
Great project. Im def subscribing to this thread. Cant wait to see finished product.

Tyler's Lawn Maintenance
05-16-2011, 12:11 AM
Approximately how long has it taken to build this and have you used it in the field with it in the state it is in now? Looks like a great project and you did an amazing job on it! I don't think we have a problem with our gate sticking straight up on the NPR or on our 20ft trailer.
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knox gsl
05-16-2011, 12:32 AM
We need to see some more progress!

flatlander42
05-16-2011, 10:34 AM
Approximately how long has it taken to build this and have you used it in the field with it in the state it is in now? Looks like a great project and you did an amazing job on it! I don't think we have a problem with our gate sticking straight up on the NPR or on our 20ft trailer.
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I have had the van for about a year now. If you add the actuall hours I bet I have less than a week or two of total work into it. No, I have only driven it around in "flatbed mode" to get the metal and stuff. I'm going to have all of my poop in a group before BIGFOOT gets a hold of me. Yeah, it is 14.5k gvwr.....and dot numbers will probably be needed.


We need to see some more progress!

It is still as seen in the pics posted here. I drilled a few holes and put some nice big bolts on the hinges as a stop to keep the gate vertical instead of the spring pulling it down to the front. I will make them easily removeable for the two days when I go out of town and want the ramp to go down to the front. I also began to wire the tail lights in.

XLS
05-16-2011, 03:21 PM
subscribed. Looks good
I dont think the bottoming out is as big of a deal as you think ours is alot lower and it takes a sharp spot to hit . I think the wheel releifs will be the major problem at this point when its loaded and has grass it looks like it would be less then 2'' and the truck will need 4'' of wheel travel for suspension travel alone . By the look i am betting the entire side of those rails will be cut in by the time its finished , Good luck ,great project

flatlander42
05-16-2011, 07:42 PM
subscribed. Looks good
I dont think the bottoming out is as big of a deal as you think ours is alot lower and it takes a sharp spot to hit . I think the wheel releifs will be the major problem at this point when its loaded and has grass it looks like it would be less then 2'' and the truck will need 4'' of wheel travel for suspension travel alone . By the look i am betting the entire side of those rails will be cut in by the time its finished , Good luck ,great project

When there is nothing on the truck there is enough room for about 4 fingers to fit between the side and the tire. With both mowers on it there is room for about 3 fingers. Only the pinky wouldnt fit.


I plan on loading both mowers and going down my street and hitting some of the big dips and seeing if the tire rubs. Then let the cutting begin!.......if needed.

XLS
05-17-2011, 01:52 PM
thats the fastest way to test it ,you got a good plan if possible hit a railrod track its where we learned of our mistakes lol .

nightshutter
05-17-2011, 02:49 PM
Wow nice project. That gave me an idea to put those ramps on my truck. I was thinking of making wood ones so I dont aways have to pull my heavy trailer. interesting

cashishift
05-17-2011, 05:40 PM
where you from in Nebraska?

flatlander42
05-17-2011, 10:45 PM
where you from in Nebraska?

South Central....and you?

knox gsl
05-17-2011, 10:59 PM
South Central....and you?

Would that be the greater Omaha area?

flatlander42
05-17-2011, 11:10 PM
Would that be the greater Omaha area?

no, I'm talking south central of the state itself. :waving:

knox gsl
05-17-2011, 11:15 PM
no, I'm talking south central of the state itself. :waving:

Been down US183 once and across I-80 more times than I can count, seems to be alot of cows and corn out that way, and very flat.

materialmovers
05-18-2011, 10:36 AM
I know where you got the chassis part from since I live 30 mins to the west of that. Do you live in that same town? You did a really nice job, and I am sure it will work fine out here.

flatlander42
05-18-2011, 10:54 AM
You must be in GI? If so, you may see me on Wednesdays here perty soon.

flatlander42
05-19-2011, 09:46 PM
Pic#1- Turns out I'm a wussy. I wanted to make sure my ramp wouldn't be falling off and hurting anybody, so you can see the chains I bolted to it for the "just in case" factor. The chains have a 800lb working load limit. I figured it would be plenty.

Also in pic #1 you can see the mounting tabs for the STT lights that will be mounted down there. (far right of the tag)

Pic #2- I just used some eye bolts and opened them up, slid the tag in and closed them back tight. That seemed like the easiest way to put the plate on the back.

I am not afraid of people seeing my plate numbers locally, or in person....I just don't think they need to be posted online.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics5017.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics5019.jpg

flatlander42
05-19-2011, 09:53 PM
I love me some LED's!!!!

Just wait till I get the lights on the rear of the dovetail wired in to. It will be SUPER bright!! If I get a-holed, there will be no excuse!

The ones on the rear of the truck will be the same as the ones up high. And yeah, you can see the tail and center marker through the mesh. I love that personally. That way IF I'm on the road for some reason with the ramp down people can still see my lights. Because the ramp will completely cover up the lower lights.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics5015.jpg

4 seasons lawn&land
05-19-2011, 10:00 PM
This truck is awesome!

flatlander42
05-19-2011, 10:03 PM
This truck is awesome!

Thanks! I'm excited to be able to use it soon!

flatlander42
05-20-2011, 12:13 AM
Does anybody see any "flaws" or anything that you would like to point out? Or even want to speak up?

Tell ya what, I really thought there would be more posts by other people than there was by me. I'm kinda bummed by the overall quiet crowd.

MJB
05-20-2011, 12:35 AM
You must be in GI? If so, you may see me on Wednesdays here perty soon.

Whats with the code names? I use to live in SB, and sometimes worked in GI, and several other towns. Nice job on the van look forward to the finished product.

flatlander42
05-20-2011, 02:18 AM
Whats with the code names? I use to live in SB, and sometimes worked in GI, and several other towns. Nice job on the van look forward to the finished product.

No code words here. GI is what we/everybody call it. Grand Island is the name of the town.

MJB
05-20-2011, 02:22 AM
No code words here. GI is what we/everybody call it. Grand Island is the name of the town.

Ya I figured that out use to work there, while living in Scottsbluff many years ago. I was just teasing you guys, I was with Burlington Northern based out of Alliance and traveled all over Nebraska, South Dakota etc. now I'm making the big bucks mowing lawns.:hammerhead: What was I thinking?

flatlander42
05-20-2011, 02:30 AM
what, you didn't want to stay out in bfe anymore? yeah, that was a code word...LOL!

Chevy z71
05-20-2011, 06:55 PM
Looks lilke its ready to go make some money.

THEGOLDPRO
05-21-2011, 12:04 AM
We want some updates!!!!!!

flatlander42
05-21-2011, 12:30 AM
We want some updates!!!!!!

Well, it still looks the same but I did get some more stuff gathered.

-I found some nice red marker lights for the rear of the sides. (13led each!)
-Got some more D-rings to mount crap down.
-I went to Menards and got a few new superCrappy gas cans. *mine have seen better days*

And between dodging rain drops today I was either mowing or watching my kids.

I will be mowing in the AM once again Thanks Rain! And won't really be able to work on it this weekend between my wife working and us going to a wedding.

The time I have available to work on this totally sucks.

flatlander42
05-21-2011, 12:32 AM
What do you people think of the safety chains on the rampgate....good idea?

twobroslawns
05-21-2011, 10:12 AM
Safety chains seem like a great idea to me. I still think the ramp should stop at 90 degrees, not keep folding forward...

flatlander42
05-21-2011, 10:25 AM
Safety chains seem like a great idea to me. I still think the ramp should stop at 90 degrees, not keep folding forward...

It will stop at 90, for all but two days of the week. I will have it forward when I go down the highway. I mow upwards of 30+ miles in three different directions from the town I live in and there is no way I'm not going to try and squeeze some extra mpg outta this thing. It is a no brainer that a shorter gate at highway speeds would be best, in my book anyways.

Drl3743
05-21-2011, 10:52 AM
I can't wait to see some pics of this thing when you've got it loaded and ready to work.

White Gardens
05-21-2011, 11:28 AM
Safety chains seem like a great idea to me. I still think the ramp should stop at 90 degrees, not keep folding forward...

Agreed. I wouldn't want something stupid to happen and have the heavy gate fall on a piece of equipment.

flatlander42
05-21-2011, 01:16 PM
Agreed. I wouldn't want something stupid to happen and have the heavy gate fall on a piece of equipment.



There will be a stop made that will easily hold the ramp in place. You'll see!....sooner or later.

Falcon50EX
05-21-2011, 04:26 PM
? How does using only one spring work, I know you said you could lift it with one arm but would it be safer to use tow. the cable inside the spring is a good idea. What size spring is that?

Nice job on all the work

flatlander42
05-21-2011, 05:40 PM
? How does using only one spring work, I know you said you could lift it with one arm but would it be safer to use tow. the cable inside the spring is a good idea. What size spring is that?

Nice job on all the work

I used one spring because I'm a tightwad. And yeah, it actually works pretty well. I bet it is equal to lifting a large bag of dog food. It is a 160lb spring. I'm not sure of the length or anything else.

I may try a rope instead of the spring. The cable was nothing but a PITA.

I also might add a second spring, but it will be the last thing I do. Other stuff is ahead of it on the to do list.

Falcon50EX
05-21-2011, 06:22 PM
Get some blower racks made If they turn out as good as the ramp I may build them also

XLS
05-22-2011, 01:51 PM
have you checked the local highway patrol for your requirments.... here any 1 Ton or larger truck with a commercial tag must place them on the front reguardless of the wheel configuration or length . I had a 10' box truck with a single wheel axle , i thought it was a 3/4 ton it has a H1 tag and i got stoped for it the 3rd day i drove it through town they may be different there.

On your dove tail part i know its removable but i was curious are you installing any side rails in that area??? why why not?

flatlander42
05-22-2011, 01:59 PM
have you checked the local highway patrol for your requirments.... here any 1 Ton or larger truck with a commercial tag must place them on the front reguardless of the wheel configuration or length . I had a 10' box truck with a single wheel axle , i thought it was a 3/4 ton it has a H1 tag and i got stoped for it the 3rd day i drove it through town they may be different there.

On your dove tail part i know its removable but i was curious are you installing any side rails in that area??? why why not?



I'm not sure I understand your question about the tag. In NE we have tags on both front and rear. And I have it tagged for 7tons too.

The dovetail will have sides. They will angle from the top of the bed sides to the top of the hinge point. If you draw a line at an angle, that is how simple they will be.

XLS
05-22-2011, 02:19 PM
you got it covered then we dont need front and rear tags but if you got them your ready from what i see . I cant wait to see it finished looks good

flatlander42
05-25-2011, 02:34 PM
Well, I've got nothing new to add yet. It is raining today Again, so I will be tinkering with the tail lights and drivers side marker lights.

RIprop
06-08-2011, 10:11 PM
any updates???

flatlander42
06-09-2011, 10:36 PM
not anything worth putting up new pics for. I finished the STT lights and a few other things. Tomorow I plan on building the box for grass and finally mounting my tiedown points.

Once again, I"m sitting in the house watching my kids run around like crazy little demons, popping on here every so often. My Son is 18mo old, and my daughter is just a little over 3yrs. They are almost old enough to toss in the backyard and let them play. My son would be eating grass, sticks, and whatever else he can get his hands on! It just "erks" me like no other knowing I have so much other stuff to do....but at the same time I wouldn't want to miss a moment of my kids when they are young!

FerrisDiesel
06-10-2011, 05:50 AM
I hear ya man, I have a 2 1/2 year old little boy.....the days im not out cutting I try and spend as much time with him and momma. I have so much other stuff I should be doing, but like you said they grow up so fast....and the kid is just so damn funny!

flatlander42
06-14-2011, 12:09 PM
you'd never guess what I picked up the other day..............

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics92006.jpg

flatlander42
06-14-2011, 12:10 PM
oh yeah....I also had to order a new radiator. That's a good fun 400+ buckeroos.'

flatlander42
06-17-2011, 01:48 AM
We will go ahead and turn this into a Big Dog mower thread also. Here ya go, have at it. The stripes may not be the best, but it sure does cut nice. I fell in love with it. Steers and drives sooo nice and smooth also. Powered blower for the bagger is on the way, should be here yesterday.:dizzy:



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THEGOLDPRO
06-17-2011, 11:27 AM
Dang bro,Looking good man.

MMADDUX
06-17-2011, 12:41 PM
Looks Good!!! fab work, truck, mower, and all:clapping:

XLS
06-17-2011, 02:11 PM
tell me you still have the other mowers too ??? thats a great looking rig no doubt a money maker . how long is the main flat part of the bed?

MMADDUX
06-17-2011, 02:40 PM
tell me you still have the other mowers too ??? thats a great looking rig no doubt a money maker . how long is the main flat part of the bed?

He does. Look back farther in the thread.

Chevy z71
06-17-2011, 06:05 PM
Allsome work!!

Chevy z71
06-17-2011, 06:23 PM
Awesome work!!!

THEGOLDPRO
06-17-2011, 06:25 PM
Allsome work!!

Chevy z71
06-17-2011, 06:51 PM
Allsome work!!

That's what i was thinking.

WJC
06-17-2011, 07:34 PM
Nice work man! I bet you spent some $ on steel didn't you. Looks like you have the same welder as I do,187 with C25. Great welder for the money. Be honest, did you buy that Big Dog because it matched your truck?

flatlander42
06-17-2011, 09:00 PM
tell me you still have the other mowers too ??? thats a great looking rig no doubt a money maker . how long is the main flat part of the bed?

What you don't like my new red hustler?


the main/flat part is 13' and the dovetail is about 4-5' without looking.

flatlander42
06-17-2011, 09:01 PM
Allsome work!!

Awesome work!!!

Allsome work!!

That's what i was thinking.


Thanks guys, I think it is awesome too!

flatlander42
06-17-2011, 09:03 PM
Nice work man! I bet you spent some $ on steel didn't you. Looks like you have the same welder as I do,187 with C25. Great welder for the money. Be honest, did you buy that Big Dog because it matched your truck?


I spent a little more than 1,200 on the bed w/o counting all of the lights...add a couple hundred for them.


What can I say....I like red?!!

flatlander42
06-17-2011, 09:04 PM
Dang bro,Looking good man.

Looks Good!!! fab work, truck, mower, and all:clapping:



Thanks for the kind words from you guys too!

XLS
06-18-2011, 12:22 AM
I do like it . I was afraid you had traded up to that mower is all . you and red .....its a bit bright but they will not mistake you comming down the road. I seen BigDog at the GIE last year and i would have moved to them if it wasnt for the fact we run hustlers in certian areas and there is NO BigDog dealers at all here i could find ..... I just go to the closest dealer for most things. but if you have good dealer support you got a good machine, well built .

flatlander42
06-18-2011, 01:03 AM
I was afraid you had traded up to that mower is all

LOL!!!!

I Wouldn't say going from my Navigator to this would be a move "up"!

But I was on a hunt for something lighter, and this one fit the ticket!

I do still have the Walker MB, and the Navigator. The Navigator will hold on to backup duty, and the Walker will be used on Hills.

flatlander42
06-18-2011, 01:05 AM
The BigDog SUCKS on hills. I had the bar up and the seatbelt on!!!!! I'm sure that my Navigator will go where the Bigdog went and WOULD NOT GO, safer to! It was like I was on ice.

I'll tell ya what...I have only used out front mowers, and have read on here about them being "bad" on hills. Compared to the new mower that is totally false.

MJB
06-18-2011, 01:39 AM
The BigDog SUCKS on hills. I had the bar up and the seatbelt on!!!!! I'm sure that my Navigator will go where the Bigdog went and WOULD NOT GO, safer to! It was like I was on ice.

I'll tell ya what...I have only used out front mowers, and have read on here about them being "bad" on hills. Compared to the new mower that is totally false.

An Exmark or Scag midmount will go straight up tractionwise but can flip over backward. Frontmounts will wheelspin long before that point. Maybe BigDog has the same hydro pump wheelmotor issues the Super Z's had. Will not have enough power to go up a hill. Hard to say, but it is a nice looking mower but the hill thing seems strange.

flatlander42
06-18-2011, 02:37 AM
An Exmark or Scag midmount will go straight up tractionwise but can flip over backward. Frontmounts will wheelspin long before that point. Maybe BigDog has the same hydro pump wheelmotor issues the Super Z's had. Will not have enough power to go up a hill. Hard to say, but it is a nice looking mower but the hill thing seems strange.

The hills that I mow are long and about 6 passes wide. Yes, it would go right up them....but then what? Whent sliding back to the bottom. I could not mow crosswise *sp*. My walker will go side to side on the hills so nice w/limited wheelspin. Even if it would spin, at least I could stop the thing and back back where I was.

I'm probably not used to the world of mid-mount mowers....I only have about 19 hours on a/this mid-mount mower. NOT counting my dads junk airens zmower from 15 years ago.

MJB
06-18-2011, 12:26 PM
The hills that I mow are long and about 6 passes wide. Yes, it would go right up them....but then what? Whent sliding back to the bottom. I could not mow crosswise *sp*. My walker will go side to side on the hills so nice w/limited wheelspin. Even if it would spin, at least I could stop the thing and back back where I was.

I'm probably not used to the world of mid-mount mowers....I only have about 19 hours on a/this mid-mount mower. NOT counting my dads junk airens zmower from 15 years ago.

Haha. Did you point it downhill and find out the hard way. There is definately a learning curve. My midmounts sidehill way better than my Walkers, but my midmounts were wider so maybe that helped.

If you want to have some fun going downhill, make sure you have some room at the bottom to stop. But with midmounts you can point them downhill start out slow and if you sense that your loosing traction gradually speed up. This will regain the lost traction, let the engine hold it back while increasing speed slowly, do not try to stop until you reach the bottom where it levels out. I use to get into some scary predicaments and found out I could drive out of it, but slamming on the brakes only makes things worse.

flatlander42
06-18-2011, 01:21 PM
The Walker I keep refering to is a MB. Low and Lightweight. I does way better than the bagging walkers. I even thought of getting different tires and just making it my hillside mower!:weightlifter:

Yeah, the places I mow all have plenty of room at the bottom...so I suppose it is "kinda" safe to learn on.



Haha. Did you point it downhill and find out the hard way. There is definately a learning curve. My midmounts sidehill way better than my Walkers, but my midmounts were wider so maybe that helped.

If you want to have some fun going downhill, make sure you have some room at the bottom to stop. But with midmounts you can point them downhill start out slow and if you sense that your loosing traction gradually speed up. This will regain the lost traction, let the engine hold it back while increasing speed slowly, do not try to stop until you reach the bottom where it levels out. I use to get into some scary predicaments and found out I could drive out of it, but slamming on the brakes only makes things worse.

MJB
06-19-2011, 10:31 AM
The Walker I keep refering to is a MB. Low and Lightweight. I does way better than the bagging walkers. I even thought of getting different tires and just making it my hillside mower!:weightlifter:

Yeah, the places I mow all have plenty of room at the bottom...so I suppose it is "kinda" safe to learn on.

My Walkers were all 90's models, back then you bought adifferent deck according to your needs. They were great for bagging, but the side discharge deck back then just didn't compare to my GHoppers. I know they have improved a lot. The MB seems like an expensive hillside mower, do you use it anywhere else? How does it compare to your Big Dog, side discharging?

Which deck did the Big Dog end up with, I heard the old tried and true Hustler deck? Looks like it cuts well.

FerrisDiesel
06-19-2011, 10:50 AM
I absolutely love the fact, that you can back right up the ramp, and dump the grass clippings right there in the truck. It would be so cool if you could throw an easy dumper up in the front of the bed and make it dump off the side of the truck!

flatlander42
06-19-2011, 10:59 AM
Not only is the MB an expensive hillside mower....but it has been paid off for a few years, and is also used for a snowblower in the winter. So it is definately worth keeping around.

The deck on the walker is OK at best. I was close to buying a bigger deck because I wanted one with 3 blades. The 48" leaves cut grass under the deck, just don't quite shoot it all out when the grass is thick. Weekley mowing it does real nice tho. The deck is a '97, so it could very well be the same as your talking about.

The deck on the Bigdog....I'm not sure if it says. I'll have to check/look and see.

flatlander42
06-19-2011, 11:05 AM
I absolutely love the fact, that you can back right up the ramp, and dump the grass clippings right there in the truck. It would be so cool if you could throw an easy dumper up in the front of the bed and make it dump off the side of the truck!


yes, that is the next project, Not sure if I'll get to it this summer...maybe this winter if I'm lucky!

flatlander42
06-19-2011, 11:35 AM
Ahh, what the heck. I'll post up a pic of my MB and the nice job it does.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics91011.jpg

flatlander42
06-19-2011, 11:43 AM
just another shot of the truck out working.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics95001.jpg

Oakleaf landscape
06-19-2011, 12:04 PM
That does look nice. Good luck with the new mower!

XLS
06-20-2011, 12:36 AM
i am not sure flatlander but do you not use the weights on the big dog? if you take it off you should get much better traction.....also on hills going side ways try...doing them with full tanks of fuel and slide your seat back as far as possible.... if your weights are on the mower its almost impossible the hill cut.the real trick si to keep the front wheels way above the rear ones.......about 45 degrees up hill, it makes for ok stripes.....but gets you finish

i feel sorry for you guys and walkers.....6700 gets a MB here.....what are you paying there?.....pics look good
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flatlander42
06-20-2011, 12:41 AM
I was lifting tires with the weights on....wouldn't that really make the front come up, like dangerously high?

XLS
06-20-2011, 12:49 AM
not really .....if it is safe to mow in the first place.......understandi dont know your hills so i cant say...but i have never had a wide mower flip on a smooth hill....and it is common for the high wheel to bobble due to light weight. it is all about balance over the rear wheels and anything up front is a negative .
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flatlander42
06-23-2011, 09:55 AM
Well, my buddy got the old radiator out last night and the new one 85% put in. Should be buttoned up tonight! After using the truck/van for a few weeks I sure do miss it allready!

XLS
06-23-2011, 04:10 PM
what happened to the radiator???? pin hole?

flatlander42
06-23-2011, 10:06 PM
Leaked all the way across the top. Between the plastic and aluminum. The guys that I got it from must have gave me a scab there too....nice.

cgm147
06-23-2011, 11:03 PM
so how do you like you red hustler? lol the rep had one on his trailer a few months ago nice project looks great!!

XLS
06-24-2011, 01:25 AM
that stinks for certain.....why did you go with a new one.....around here a radiator shop would have replaced the rubber gaskets for cheap compaired to the new ones......was it just leaking around the seals...like the flanges needed squeezed?.....glad you got it fixed before it cost you the engine......nice walker stripes. i envy northern grasses
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flatlander42
06-24-2011, 01:42 AM
Everybody I asked said that it needed to be replaced, and that it was Un-Fixable.

I just want the thing to be problem free.....So I guess I figured I'd rather be safe than sorry!

XLS
06-24-2011, 02:10 AM
i dont blame you there...a day down feels like a year....good call because this way you know it is right.
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flatlander42
07-02-2011, 01:53 AM
so how do you like you red hustler? lol the rep had one on his trailer a few months ago nice project looks great!!

I like it still!
I'm not sure what it thinks of me tho...hahaa:weightlifter:

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics997002.jpg

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KrayzKajun
07-10-2011, 11:41 AM
gotta love cutting crap grss like tht!!

XLS
07-10-2011, 11:08 PM
are you planning more upgrades to the truck or is it finished out?
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flatlander42
07-11-2011, 01:55 AM
gotta love cutting crap grss like tht!!

Ya, I can't get enough!


are you planning more upgrades to the truck or is it finished out?
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I still have to -

Paint some more
Install more lights
Put on reflector tape
Install more lights
Make trimmer and blower rack
Install more lights
Make underbody boxes
Install more lights
Put in the Radio
Install more lights
Fix AC
Install more lights
I may chop the rampgate in half...not sure yet.
Install second lift spring

knox gsl
07-11-2011, 10:11 PM
I think it needs some more lights, why don't you run uo to the truck stop and get some more LED's for it.

flatlander42
07-11-2011, 11:28 PM
I think it needs some more lights, why don't you run uo to the truck stop and get some more LED's for it.

Mainly because my wife does not think it needs any more!

Shhhhh...don't tell her but.......

I do think some cab lights, a couple amber driving lights and maybe a few marker lights under the doors are what I'd do next.

flatlander42
08-03-2011, 09:57 PM
Well...I've been using the truck for 6 or 7 weeks now. First tank was about 11mpg. Second tank was 11.7mpg.

The 55gal tank will last about 3 weeks. Not too shabby.

Also, I have been driving it just as it looks in these pics. Need to "finish" a few things, but I'm just happy to be using it!

materialmovers
08-04-2011, 11:57 AM
Truck looks good, I am surprised I haven't seen it around. I have been over that way for the last month running detasseling machines for Pioneer. Being my first year in business it is taking some time to get established, and I thought it would be some good quick money working for them while lining up jobs. Your mower looks nice too, I would like to get something like that for next year so I could pick up a few yards and larger areas that I would pick up in A town. Are you going to letter it or anything? If I see you around I will stop and introduce myself, I don't think I will mistake your rig for anybody else.

flatlander42
08-04-2011, 02:09 PM
A town.If I see you around I will stop and introduce myself, I don't think I will mistake your rig for anybody else.

A Town....Which one would that be?

I go past the Pioneer Plant North of town once a week on Wednesday. You'd probably allready be in the fields by the time I'm driving by.

Yeah, feel free to say Hi. I have seen a large amount of you guys out cutting corn. That should almost be over for the year...right?

Lettering....I origionally wanted to...but I"m not sure what I'm going to do.

KrayzKajun
08-04-2011, 02:38 PM
When u wanna come to New Orleans and build one for me?
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materialmovers
08-04-2011, 03:37 PM
I am from Aurora. I have been starting by 8am and getting back sometime between 11 and midnight. We are just about done, destroying male rows a few days and that is giving me time to start advertising again for the fall and start planning for snow. I just have a few small jobs for the fall so I am a little nervous.

I had some magnets done for my pickup, and I hate them. I have a guy out of Sutton that is really good and going to help me come up with some nice stickers for my truck, dump and all my other equipment, should have done that to begin with.

flatlander42
08-04-2011, 07:07 PM
When u wanna come to New Orleans and build one for me?
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uhhh....That may be a bit of a drive for me!

groh_brian
09-03-2011, 04:20 PM
Looks good. Did you finish it yet? If so, post up some pictures.

flatlander42
09-03-2011, 04:55 PM
Nope, still just using it as it was.

Got in a "wreck" with it the other day. A Suburban came into my lane and hit the drivers rear of the dovetail with their front right fender of their vehicle. I was going 55 and they were going at least 65 passing me.

Took off a 8$ clearance light and left a black mark on my van.


Totally junked their fender and actually ripped the door open!!! Hit their heater lines too....cuz they were leaking fluid also.

After I'm done with insurance crap I will post pics. Probably should wait till it is all over with.

XLS
09-03-2011, 05:06 PM
is that not how it happens . You have something nice and some ignorant person screws it up for you every time .

mowandblow1980
09-03-2011, 08:36 PM
How do you like running a rig like that overall? I'm really considering something like that.

flatlander42
09-03-2011, 09:40 PM
I love it. I have a WIDE 17' long platform that can haul more weight than you can imagine.

All of that in the same length of my f150+5'x8' trailer.

I could use more cab space, but oh well. That can be next on my ever growing list of things to do.

mowandblow1980
09-03-2011, 09:46 PM
LOL thanks for the response. I'm really leaning towards going that route. Keep the pics coming. Good luck with the insurance s*it. I really admiring the people that decide to customize stuff for themselves. I'd have to have one made for me.

grass guys
09-05-2011, 08:11 AM
I'm up at 3 in the mornin on my Labor day weekend and I got on Lawnsite which I haven't done in like forever and I saw your thread about your truck. Dude you did an AWSOME job that is the one thing I wish I could have done to my truck and that is all the work myself. I had the ideas of how I wanted it done but I didn't have the know how or experience to do it like you did again Awesome job!!! I hate to hear that it was in a wreck but it sounds like the suburban that hit you had worse damage then you did.

Have you thought about fillin in the space under the angle iron with like expanded metal that you have on your dovetail so that you can put either like your push mower down there or any other small equipment you may have?

Are you goin to put any tool boxes up?

Or trimmer and or blower racks?

And by the way I am subscribed!!!!

Well I better get some sleep and try to enjoy my last two days off!!!! Hope all is well take it easy buddy oh and by the way I don't have any more pics of my truck when I do I'll for sure upload them

flatlander42
09-05-2011, 11:39 AM
...........

Yes, I do plan on making some underbody baskets to hold cans and stuff.

Trimmer rack and blower rack, yes sometime.
No, no tool boxes up high for me.....at least I don't think so that is!

Thanks for the kind words!!!

flatlander42
09-16-2011, 12:53 PM
I have not heard anything from their insurance company yet..so here are a few pics for you people.

Here is the "Damage" to my van/truck.....


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics9891005.jpg


and here is a pic of their damage.....


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics9891009.jpg

flatlander42
09-16-2011, 12:56 PM
Here is one more reason why I love this setup. I would not have fit in this space with my 'ol f150 and trailer.


http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics999020.jpg

Andy31
09-16-2011, 01:35 PM
looks like your not the first person that Suburban drive has hit...

WJC
09-16-2011, 04:37 PM
You should nickname your truck "THE CAN OPENER"!

flatlander42
09-16-2011, 11:24 PM
looks like your not the first person that Suburban drive has hit...

I'm not sure what you mean...That all matched up with my truck. The mirror got knocked off with my green angle iron that I use to hold up the rampgate. That is what flattened their fender. If that is what you are talking about.

Andy31
09-17-2011, 12:47 AM
I'm not sure what you mean...That all matched up with my truck. The mirror got knocked off with my green angle iron that I use to hold up the rampgate. That is what flattened their fender. If that is what you are talking about.
Ok, I had to review the pics back to pg 13 to see the green angle iron. The paint and dents all make sense now.
Well let that be a testament to your fab skills, well done.

lawnpropm
09-17-2011, 07:17 AM
Spotted one of these on gov deals. Looks identical to this one when you first started on it if you're looking at another project!
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Impact-Vector
09-19-2011, 09:57 AM
Great project!

Here is an idea.
If you look at the top you can see a colorful picture. heres what it should mean

Get a piece of tube/Pipe and weld it on the outside or cut and weld it in where the vertical stakes go on your side rail. inside that tube you run your spring (So its safe if it breaks and you dont have to worry about weather/fingers etc)
Run the steel cable out and over a roller (Any parts store should have a timing belt tensioner or any mechanic can give you one free.. OR another piece of pipe)

The Blue is the tube.
The Red is your existing stake The spring would bolt to a plate on that end
The light green is the spring. I would make the tube long enough so the spring almost always hides in it.
The green is the cable.

Worth a shot if your keen to change it. Only other recommendation I would have would be to maybe lower it to the deck height so when the gate is open the cable is parralel and right next to the ramp so its not sticking out for someone to trip on!

flatlander42
09-19-2011, 04:27 PM
thanks for the pic. I have seen that style/design before. I don't feel un-safe with it the way I have it now. I will just add a second spring right next to the one I have allready. And continue to lift/lower from the drivers side.

flatlander42
10-08-2011, 11:18 AM
Oh yeah, for all of you thinking that it is going to or should bottom out.......IT HAS NOT!!
And I have driven it into some perty nasty looking dips, driveways....No Dragging!


Just thought I'd throw that out there for you.

mowandblow1980
10-09-2011, 07:06 PM
Do you do leaf clean-ups? If yes, how do you transport leaves?

flatlander42
10-09-2011, 08:32 PM
Do you do leaf clean-ups? If yes, how do you transport leaves?

See post #185


I've got partial sideboards on, and mow weekley on most places. And I just stuff the leaves where the grass normally goes.

I have some green plastic snow fence that I also lay across the top when the leaves start falling to help them from flying around.

f50lvr2
01-18-2012, 11:52 AM
We will go ahead and turn this into a Big Dog mower thread also. Here ya go, have at it. The stripes may not be the best, but it sure does cut nice. I fell in love with it. Steers and drives sooo nice and smooth also. Powered blower for the bagger is on the way, should be here yesterday.:dizzy:



http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics92010.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics94001.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics93005.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk198/masternate42/cellphonepics93007.jpg

That looks like a nice mower. I had to dig up this thread because I just saw the Big Dog dealer advertising mowers a couple days ago. They have this exact mower asking $3499!!! They also have their full commercial 60" asking $5599!!! I don't own a Big Dog and have no affiliation with them but at those prices it's extremely tempting to pick one up.

flatlander42
02-09-2012, 12:29 AM
Van has been SOLD.

patferg
02-11-2012, 12:56 AM
I got the end of the thread and was surprised to see sold. Why did you sell it?:confused:

flatlander42
02-11-2012, 05:52 PM
I got the end of the thread and was surprised to see sold. Why did you sell it?:confused:

I went out and got a full time job as a welder. And now I will only be mowing a few lawns a week....and very well could just use my trailer like old times.

It just had to go. No need for a single purpose vehicle anymore.

StihlMechanic
02-11-2012, 08:24 PM
Van has been SOLD.

Sad to see you sell it after all you did. Hope you made a few bucks.

flatlander42
02-11-2012, 09:02 PM
Sad to see you sell it after all you did. Hope you made a few bucks.



uhhhh.....Not so much.....:cry:


The way I see it is like this....

I did not buy it for an investment. I bought it and made it to use for 10+ years.....That ended up not being how things worked out. I just needed to get it gone.

I got about what I paid for it in the condition it is shown on page one. Sucks, but it is what it is.

DUSTYCEDAR
02-11-2012, 09:28 PM
i went through that whole thing only to find old red was taken out back and shot!!!!
good luck with the new job
i bet u used that truck to show them how well u can build stuff lol.

Landrus2
02-11-2012, 09:49 PM
Van has been SOLD.

Are you selling any equipment :waving:

flatlander42
02-12-2012, 11:12 AM
i went through that whole thing only to find old red was taken out back and shot!!!!
good luck with the new job
i bet u used that truck to show them how well u can build stuff lol.

Thanks, and yes I did use it for my resume!! haha

Are you selling any equipment :waving:


Just my Exmark Navigator.

flatlander42
05-15-2012, 11:54 PM
The navigator was sold in March.


Now I kinda want to sell my Walker.........and 36" snowblower.......3750.00

You can see it in a few pics if you click the link in my sig. It will take you to the page with one pic at least.

grass guys
05-19-2012, 12:55 AM
How much do you want to sell just your walker for? And btw Congrats on your Weldin job!

flatlander42
05-21-2012, 02:28 PM
I would kinda like to keep them together So I don't just have a snow blower sitting around
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flatlander42
05-25-2012, 07:27 PM
Grassguys PM me ur best offer and we can figure out something. I can deal with the blower.
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