building sideboards on F150?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nattx, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. nattx

    nattx LawnSite Member
    from texas
    Messages: 3

    Well so far i've got 2x4 uprights and 1x6's 3 courses high. I notched out 2 boards(just a bit) across bed window to allow better rear viewing and extended the front uprights about 6 inches past sideboards for additional tie downs. The front uprights are rounded over on top in a U shape and I drilled some holes through them for rope, bungies, or whatever. The rear uprights I mitered at a 45 degree angle for appearance. All thats left to do, for now, is paint it. However, the wheels are still turning, probably have to do a little tweaking, add something here or there as it get used a bit. Thank you all for your help, and the pictures are great !! Don't have a camera or I would post pictures.
  2. Green in Idaho

    Green in Idaho LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Messages: 833

    I like the expanded metal for better viewing rear mirror and side view for land changes.

    I also like side boards that either drop down (hinged) or come off to allow for easier throwing in of tarps, bags, limbs, etc. Like take off passenger side board while dumping up on drivers side...

    Hand holds at the tailgate end too for helping to get fat butts into the back.
  3. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,981

    Graound Master That expanded metal sides look great. I am having some of those welded in a couple of weeks.
  4. Wonder Women

    Wonder Women LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I am thinking of putting rails like this on my 2001 Tacoma Pickup and also putting my Business name and number on the rails also, instead of a magnetic sign or lettering on the side of the truck i wouldn't have to be conserned with damaging the paint on the Truck this way and i could also reuse the rails if i bought a new truck.
    I saw a 2 Trucks in my area like this and it looks pretty good. Any thoughts from others on this idea.
  5. tthomass

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

    Old thread! Put bed rail caps on your truck and the paint will be safe. They're about $80. As for using on a new truck, don't count on it. My Dad had metal sides on his early 90's Chevy........they changed the hole placement on his 2000 and they did not fit.
  6. Green Boys LawnCare

    Green Boys LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    Do you guys know? Can you buy sideboards like these anywhere?
  7. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,210

    looks neat, ive been thinking of this temporary for my f350. My 91 f150, 2yrds of wet/dyed mulch would fill the bed and be plenty heavy for it. I couldnt put 3-4 yards in it, would just be too much weight.

    My new F350 doesnt even budge when the beds filled with new wet mulch. Im thinking of a solution like this maybe with a removable back gate with pins to hold it on or something so i can get 4 yards in the back.

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