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Old 03-12-2003, 10:29 PM
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Making a dumping Stake Bed

I am about to pull the trigger on this one before the weather gets to nice and I decide to start something else. I have 82 Dodge 1 ton with dualies. As you can tell from the title what I want to do. My only question that I have is do you think I should use the support the bed on top of the frame. I initially thought of using C Channel and have it rest on top of the frame |"""| like such but I am having second thoughts about it's strength so I started to think about using I beams with it standing on the frame. Hope I didn't make this to confusing I can post a drawing if it would help.

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Ron
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Old 03-14-2003, 10:08 AM
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Bed design

I hope this helps give you an idea of what I am talking about.
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Old 03-16-2003, 02:23 PM
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I'am going tobe doing the same thing for a F-Superduty Ford which is the first version of the 450 anyhow the frame rails are not straight so I have to make a subframe. I'am going to use box tubing with a length of angle iron on top or heavy flatbar so when the deck comes down its got something to sit on.

The main rails under the deck I will use 5" channel that will run full length of the deck I'am using a telescoping post hoist so I have no worries about mounting a scissor hoist.

The strongest part of this has tobe the hinge so don't build it too light the whole deck is held to the truck with the hinge.

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Old 03-16-2003, 02:52 PM
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Commericaly made bodies usually use wood shims between the frame and dump subframe. These are cut to the exact profile to make a flat surface. Then the subframe is bolted to the truck frame. Subframes are usually channel.
 

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