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Old 09-13-2002, 09:46 AM
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Building up the sides on my F-150

I am not sure if this is the right forum for this but I was wondering what I could do about building up the sides of my 1988 F-150 so I can haul more yard waste. I have 3 rectangular holes on each side of the bed on the top ledge. I was thinking about just making some 2x2 pieces of wood to stick up about 2 feet from each hole and then taking patio decking to enclose it in. I just didnt know if a 2x2 would be strong enough to hold the sides up for a long time. So basically I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for this. Thanks

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Old 09-13-2002, 10:40 AM
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Hey i just built walls on my truck. We just measured the size of the holes in the bed and cut some 2x4's to fit in. Then I built the walls up with patio decking.

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Old 09-13-2002, 11:57 AM
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i used a composite decking material for the (removable) sides of my truck...looks better than wood, in my opinion, and won't splinter, warp, discolor, etc...not all brands are 'carpenter friendly' though, so choose something that cuts and sands like wood and holds a nail or screw...
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Old 09-13-2002, 01:39 PM
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I made mine out of 2x2 lumbwer a 1/4 plywood used finish nails and gorilla glue . then painted them with a oil base primer first then a latex satin . I also used galvinized angle iron and lag bolts to connect the back board . which makes it vary easy to take them on and off .
heres a pic i just took there one year old and have held up pretty nice
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Old 09-13-2002, 03:12 PM
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The composit materials sound like a great Idea. I was thinking of building some side also. Where is the best place to get the composite materials, Lowe's & Home Depot? I was going to make the sides and add a net across the top to hold it in going down the road.

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Old 09-16-2002, 10:00 PM
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most home depot stores carry fiberon brand composite decking materials, which does change color over 'weathers' from a dark gray to a lighter gray...all of these products are heavy, though, so make sure you have adequate vertical support and use quality stainless hardware...carriage bolts work well...and be sure to pre-drill holes...
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Old 09-16-2002, 10:43 PM
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