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Old 12-19-2010, 02:13 PM
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ALUMINUM dovetail conversions......?

I'm looking for info on current manufacturers of ALUMINUM dovetail conversions for my Toyota. Ford Ranger would also apply - same basic bed size. I'm not aware of any Aluminum Dovetail flat beds in existence.

Reason for Aluminum is less weight of bed conversion so more payload can be carried and I already own a classic 85 Toyota, no need to get a Ranger, that is in very sound condition except for the rusted bed. I've got daylight showing in the bed and one spot in the fender. I looks pretty iffy. I get offers for buyers constantly. Cab is in excellent shape. I have an 85 extra cab with a more modern classic lines than the early 80's Toyota pictured.

I'm contacting the importer and/or manufacture of the bed pictured here if they can mod this current bed for my purposes.

Any Input appreciated.

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Old 12-19-2010, 04:43 PM
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Not sure of the cost but if you could find a local welding shop they could fab you one from scratch.
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:40 PM
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Not sure of the cost but if you could find a local welding shop they could fab you one from scratch.
Yes - all options are on the table. The pros of going with a current manufacturer of aluminum flatbeds is their ability to make extruded aluminum pieces tooling etc. or already have sources lined up making the process faster with a more professional cleaner appearance with less material.

Here are some pics of Lawn Jockey's STEEL Dove Tail to get the ball rolling. Anybody know what the weight of this unit is compared to the bed that was pulled off?
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Old 12-19-2010, 05:54 PM
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The owner of this truck [I believe it is sold] was going to make an aluminum version. I really like the squared away appearance of this design.

FWIW I'm trying to get away from 21 mowers completely. I'd get out of mowing yesterday if I had fiddle with 21's when I can use a Quick 32 or 36 etc. Less weight, smaller truck/trailer footprint etc. I mow solo and if I hire anybody they will be set up to run solo in this type of rig smaller properties of course. Frankly the amount of clippings generated by a crew of two running this type of truck would quickly overwhelm the vehicle. Solo is even iffy...as far as I'm concerned as far as grass clipings. This is still the big glaring fly in the ointment on this concept.
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I wish I had gotten a picture of a service truck my local dealer came across. It was a Ford Ranger with a extra axle under the back of it with a full size aluminum Landscape bed on it.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:24 PM
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Those aluminum drop side beds look extremely practical. Does anyone know anything about prices.
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Will find out this week I hope.
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I have saw several of them for sale that were old Home Depot delivery trucks. They were on a F-350 chassis.
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I have saw several of them for sale that were old Home Depot delivery trucks. They were on a F-350 chassis.
Is this it?
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Old 12-20-2010, 01:46 AM
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I have saw several of them for sale that were old Home Depot delivery trucks. They were on a F-350 chassis.

Where did you see those for sale if I may ask? I've always liked those Home Depot F350s but I've never seen them for sale.
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