Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by cclllc, Nov 23, 2001.

  1. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    I have a 99 f-250 supercab with the v-8 triton motor.
    How hard would it be to convert it to a 1-ton flatbed?
    What engine does the 350 have in it?
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Anything is possible,just keep in mind no matter what you do its still an 8800GVWr 3/4 ton truck legally.I know the 1 ton is almost the same exact truck(SRW)anyway,but adding dual wheels,and even stiffer springs will help you carry the load better,but wont increase your legal payload one bit,in fact it will reduce it by the amount of weight you add.I know the F350 has the same engine in it,in base models anyway.Why not sell the 250,and buy a chassis cab 350,it will have double the carrying capacity,and you can build it like you want to.
  3. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    John's right, to build a 1-ton flatbed you're best off starting with a 1-ton truck.

    I'm not too sure how different the 3/4 and 1-ton models are on "F-words" ( ;) ) or, for that matter, anything that new but to end up with a true 1-ton you'd be into front suspension work as well as rear.

    Although my old '75 GMC started out as a SRW pickup, I put a dually rear end under it and fabbed my own deck/headache rack/etc. However, it WAS a 1-ton (C-35) truck to start out with.

    Especially if it's going to be a work truck, as opposed to a "project" one, selling the F250 and getting a F350 C&C seems like the better route to take.
  4. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    I agree but they won't give me enough trade in and i owe more than it's worth.
  5. 75

    75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    In that case, just make it a 3/4-ton flatbed if the deck (as opposed to the pickup box) is what you're after. Two of the welding trucks at my work are 3/4-ton flatbeds, since decks are much more practical than pickup boxes for our type of work.

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