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Old 05-12-2011, 11:19 PM
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Project of the Century E-450 Dovetail

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.





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Old 05-12-2011, 11:21 PM
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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.

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:22 PM
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Just another pic of her in Bare Form.


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Old 05-12-2011, 11:34 PM
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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!
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:38 PM
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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.




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!

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:45 PM
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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

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:49 PM
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Turd eh? Not everybody's cup of tea I know that allready. My brother thinks I'm nuts.

13' flatbed with a REMOVABLE Dovetail.


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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!
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:50 PM
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looking interesting so far, what did you use for the back on the cab ?
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:52 PM
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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.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:53 PM
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Awww damn...I will be watching....if I built that it would fall right apart! hahaha
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