Utility Body Folks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tthomass, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    I am thinking about customizing my '02 Chevy 2500HD. Its extended cab + 8' bed. I'm thinking about removing the bed and having a custom body built out of aluminum to my specs. Hold a blower, saw, shovels, tarps and other tools. Aluminum to save weight and also the clean look.

    Anybody have something other then the norm?
  2. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 550

    this might not pertain to your situation but, we have two dump trucks almost exactly the same one with aluminum one steel bed they weigh with in 500lbs of each other, might want to check on the wight diff before forking out all that cabbage for the shiny one
  3. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    i like the ones that look like a normal pickup box but have cabinets and shelves built into the sides with the doors that just look like a body panel.
  4. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    Yeah I've seen those.......one of those ideas that is making someone a lot of money on such a stupid simple concept.

    I don't mind using the aluminum. I've got a dump truck with aluminum and steel construction. Aluminum isn't going to rust and looks nice.....especially with polished stainless doors. I could go steel with polished stainless though. I'm still drawing a design......I want to retain as much bed space as possible and make the truck as transformable/useful as possible.
  5. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Posts: 2,328

    salt+aluminum= fast oxidation

    especially during when the roads are wet and plaster your bed, that mixture will start corroding and pitting.
  6. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Posts: 1,019

  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,497

    Aluminum will be just fine. Doors would be polished stainless. I'm not trying to keep the aluminum looking polished.......just the stainless.

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