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DavidD
10-05-2011, 11:39 PM
Okay since winter is here and I need a new project Ive decided to build a Landscape bed with dove tail,Ramp,Racks ect onto a F250 I recently purchased.
The truck is a 87 F250. The reason I purchased such a old truck was a few reasons. this truck has a completely rebuilt 4.9L 300 straight six. Ive owned trucks with this engine before they have plenty torque and get decent fuel mileage. It also has a rebuilt 4 speed and new clutch.In SC we have to pay personal property tax on vehicles which the older the vehicle the lower the tax.
The truck is tight and runs good. The cab will need painting and I will also paint it and the bed when finished putting the bed together.
I'm building the whole thing from scratch. Ive already in the last several yrs transformed 5 box trucks to dump trucks.This project will probably take a few months soooo if this thread interests you check back now and again.
I'll be picking up some metal tomorrow to get rolling here are a few pics of what i'm working with. I forgot to get a pick before removing the truck bed....

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/IMG01991-20111005-1831.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/IMG01990-20111005-1830.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/IMG01989-20111005-1830.jpg

mowandblow1980
10-06-2011, 09:39 AM
subscribed. Good luck with the build. I really like the idea of a landscape body so you dont have to tow a trailer. I would have to have one built because i don't have the ability to do it myself.

DavidD
10-07-2011, 06:15 PM
Picked up some steel today hopefully be able to get started sunday afternoon. Work just seems to take up way to much play time :(

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/steel.jpg

N.H.BOY
10-07-2011, 06:28 PM
WOW nice to see older truck frames that have NO rust on them like they do up here in N.H. What part of S.C. are you? Parents just built a house in Myrtel Beach area and looking for a landscaper

XLS
10-07-2011, 10:04 PM
subscribed . cant wait to see this job rolling.
What size steel is in the pictures ? 6" x 1/4" thick

johnsonslawnmanagement
10-07-2011, 10:19 PM
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flatlander42
10-07-2011, 11:14 PM
yup..........subbed here too!

DavidD
10-08-2011, 12:59 AM
WOW nice to see older truck frames that have NO rust on them like they do up here in N.H. What part of S.C. are you? Parents just built a house in Myrtel Beach area and looking for a landscaper

Im in the upstate Near greenville. About 4 hrs from the beach.

subscribed . cant wait to see this job rolling.
What size steel is in the pictures ? 6" x 1/4" thick

4" x 1/4" and 3" x 1/4" I need to keep the body light since it is only a 3/4 ton.
There is also some 1-1/2 x 1 1/2" tubing and a piece of 3/8" flat bar as well.
I'm thinking a 30 Deg angle for the dove tail but i'll mock it up with a wood 2x4
to check it. I only need 7 1/2" under the bed for wheel clearance the axle bottoms out at 7"

jsslawncare
10-08-2011, 08:43 AM
If's funny how we all want to see "us" build our own beds, me included. Does anyone kmow if the E-350 ambulance was finished? It was red and white I think.

DavidD
10-08-2011, 09:53 AM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=351062&page=7
Yes and turned out very nice!

flatlander42
10-08-2011, 11:13 AM
If's funny how we all want to see "us" build our own beds, me included. Does anyone kmow if the E-350 ambulance was finished? It was red and white I think.

it's an e-450........i love it! link in my sig.

jsslawncare
10-08-2011, 01:11 PM
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=351062&page=7
Yes and turned out very nice!

That's it!

DavidD
10-08-2011, 11:01 PM
Didnt get to work on the truck today.Had to work....

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG01996-20111008-1043.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG01997-20111008-1227.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG01998-20111008-1341.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG02000-20111008-1343.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG02003-20111008-1618.jpg


I Really hate it when work sidetracks my projects lol.

DavidD
10-08-2011, 11:14 PM
Here are a few more pics before i removed the bed.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/f2502.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/f2505.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/2501.jpg

DavidD
10-10-2011, 10:40 PM
Okay got a little time today and got the frame rails spaced and fastened on.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/IMG02005-20111010-1856.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/IMG02006-20111010-2003.jpg

DavidD
10-10-2011, 10:46 PM
The more I think about it and that the dove tail at a angle is kinda wasted space since it is a real pita to store anything on it at a angle. I think I'm going to build mine with a hydraulic cylinder and hinged to let it down when loading and unloading and raise it when traveling. Plus wont have to worry about it bottoming out on dips. Still thinking it thru.

Woodman1
10-12-2011, 07:27 AM
Subscribbed. Looks good!

ReddensLawnCare
10-13-2011, 09:44 AM
Subscribing. Im excited for you!

DavidD
10-13-2011, 10:29 PM
Well now the flatbed is all tacked together time for some serious welding then to fab up the dove tail. I found a power unit for the dovetail today but it has a bad solenoid valve soooo looking for another. Not sure how well a hydraulic dove tail is going to work but figured what the heck.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/IMG02020-20111013-1947.jpg

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/landscapetruck/IMG02019-20111013-1947.jpg

DavidD
11-10-2011, 12:30 PM
Dove Tail has now been fabricated time to get the ramp built... Then its headache rack then sides...

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG02123-20111105-1331.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG02126-20111105-1559.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG02127-20111105-1607.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG02128-20111105-1651.jpg
http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s280/dtmattox/IMG02129-20111105-1722.jpg

Bigred350
11-10-2011, 09:27 PM
looks pretty heavy for that truck. Might want to mount some wheelie bars off the back to keep the front end on the ground when starting off at a red light.

mowandblow1980
12-07-2011, 10:46 AM
Any updates?

DavidD
12-08-2011, 10:06 AM
Haven't been able to work on it much lately but i did get the ramp framed up and the headache rack started I will upload pics asap.

LindblomRJ
12-08-2011, 10:26 AM
Excellent build. Did you quash the hydraulic dovetail? Kinda late to the game, but go look at some flatbed trailers with dovetails. I think there are some that do the hydraulic thing.

Woodman1
01-07-2013, 10:55 PM
David,
Did you ever finish this project up?

Jay

nash901
01-15-2013, 09:10 PM
I wanna see finished product

Raymond S.
02-28-2013, 09:44 PM
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ReddensLawnCare
05-20-2014, 11:30 PM
Any Updates?

The Don'z
05-21-2014, 12:49 AM
yup..........subbed here too!

Nice work with the van, I was thinking of getting an old 14ft. UHaul truck and makeing that a landscape truck.

Grahamslawncare
05-27-2014, 11:42 PM
cant wait to see more of it.

Porkins
06-07-2014, 09:23 AM
His last login was two years ago, so I doubt any updates will be soon.