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Building up the sides on my F-150

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lasher66, Sep 13, 2002.

  1. lasher66

    lasher66 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 399

    I am not sure if this is the right forum for this but I was wondering what I could do about building up the sides of my 1988 F-150 so I can haul more yard waste. I have 3 rectangular holes on each side of the bed on the top ledge. I was thinking about just making some 2x2 pieces of wood to stick up about 2 feet from each hole and then taking patio decking to enclose it in. I just didnt know if a 2x2 would be strong enough to hold the sides up for a long time. So basically I was wondering if anyone had any good ideas for this. Thanks

  2. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Hey i just built walls on my truck. We just measured the size of the holes in the bed and cut some 2x4's to fit in. Then I built the walls up with patio decking.

  3. hnter

    hnter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    i used a composite decking material for the (removable) sides of my truck...looks better than wood, in my opinion, and won't splinter, warp, discolor, etc...not all brands are 'carpenter friendly' though, so choose something that cuts and sands like wood and holds a nail or screw...
  4. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,068

    I made mine out of 2x2 lumbwer a 1/4 plywood used finish nails and gorilla glue . then painted them with a oil base primer first then a latex satin . I also used galvinized angle iron and lag bolts to connect the back board . which makes it vary easy to take them on and off .
    heres a pic i just took there one year old and have held up pretty nice

  5. thfireman

    thfireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    The composit materials sound like a great Idea. I was thinking of building some side also. Where is the best place to get the composite materials, Lowe's & Home Depot? I was going to make the sides and add a net across the top to hold it in going down the road.

  6. hnter

    hnter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    most home depot stores carry fiberon brand composite decking materials, which does change color over time...it 'weathers' from a dark gray to a lighter gray...all of these products are heavy, though, so make sure you have adequate vertical support and use quality stainless hardware...carriage bolts work well...and be sure to pre-drill holes...
  7. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    Harry D, the truck of champions. :)

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