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Old 06-09-2016, 05:17 AM
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Pipe is 1 1/8" od, 13/16" id. Bed roll led fits nicely for added brake and turn signals.


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Originally Posted by jniolon View Post
nice fab work OCB... we don't see near enough threads like this anymore... and certainly not in the magazines... following with much interest.

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Unfortunately, most of the automotive magazines and tv shows are only promoting someone's product. From scratch fabrications are rare.
 
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Fabricated my front and rear seal plates tonight. Front is 2x2 rear is 2x4. I also replaced the 1x2 front header piece with a 1x3. I think it looks much better. I mounted everything to the truck to see how it's all lining up so far. Then I went ahead and cut out the stake pockets. Next weekend I'm going to fab up the lower extension panels and start welding things up. It's definitely starting to look like a bed.
 
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Originally Posted by stubbfarmer View Post
Here are a couple of pictures of my scratch built box.





That looks like a metal bed floor. What gauge metal did you use and do anything to reinforce it? Aluminum or steel?
 
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Today I started welding the bed frame and sides together. No more c-clamps lol. Then I fabled up my front lower extension pieces out of some 16ga. It's amazing what you can make with a block of wood, a couple c-clamps and a hammer. They seem to be fitting nicely so far. I still have to cut down my front stake pockets.
 
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Started building the tailgate for the bed today. 1st I cut 2 lengths of 1 1/4 tubing 49" wide. Then 2 pieces of 1x2 for the upright pieces. I used 16ga to skin the back and more 16ga to make the slanted pieces for the front. Next will be making hinges and a latch for the tailgate.
 
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So I am reading this with great interest. Thinking of doing this myself. I see you have a bunch of tack welds holding things together right now. Do you make a continues weld later or is the seam filled in some other way?
Sorry I am just learning how to do this hot rod building thing and also learning how to weld.


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So I am reading this with great interest. Thinking of doing this myself. I see you have a bunch of tack welds holding things together right now. Do you make a continues weld later or is the seam filled in some other way?
Sorry I am just learning how to do this hot rod building thing and also learning how to weld.


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I will use a series of spother welds and small beads to finish welding everything up.then grind all the welds down smooth
 
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do you have the dimensions for the bends?
great build so far .
 
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really turning out nice. some really nice fabrication...

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Originally Posted by brooksdw View Post
do you have the dimensions for the bends?
great build so far .


I just found this thread and would like to know if anyone has drawings, sketches or measurements they could share.
 
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The Mid-Fifty catalog has bed dimensions for long & short beds. Pg. 138 for the 9' bed and Pg. 142 for the short bed.
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The Mid-Fifty catalog has bed dimensions for long & short beds. Pg. 138 for the 9' bed and Pg. 142 for the short bed.
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Thank you. I will check it out.


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After a long delay I'm finally back to work on my 54. I got a few hours in tonight on the bed. Tacked welded some of the center braces..Got a few more spot welds on the front and rear corners of the box and finished welding up the tailgate. I still have a lot of welding to go and a lot of grinding in my near future. Lol.

I'm just happy to be able to get back to work on the truck.
 
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Started welding up the tubing to simulate the bed roll. I would clamp the tubing down about every 4 to 6 inches to work all the slack out of the metal.
 
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