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Old 08-20-2018, 05:18 AM
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tools and equipment you keep in your truck utility/flat/stepside bed?

I sometimes keep an older toolbox, ice cooler and gas can on my bed, and now want to put some larger service truck related equipment and am looking for ideas.

I just cleaned up an older 12 gallon air compressor with plans to mount on my flatbed, and am going to go look at 60's/70's Lincoln welder/generator for sale on Craigslist today.
What are some things you keep in your bed? Or some ideas for "Old Service Truck" ?

this is what I got to work with....

 
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:15 AM
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Under body tool box seeing as you have a tilt bed is what I'd do..
 
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I agree with John. A nice frame mounted polished aluminum diamond plate box would look great. A more spartan look would be a bolted down Knaack box on the bed, but I think it depends on how much and how high you'll be lifting the bed.
A very good looking truck, btw.

And the lighting police just noticed that you have an amber lens on your left rear marker light.
 
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I agree with John. A nice frame mounted polished aluminum diamond plate box would look great. A more spartan look would be a bolted down Knaack box on the bed, but I think it depends on how much and how high you'll be lifting the bed.
A very good looking truck, btw.

And the lighting police just noticed that you have an amber lens on your left rear marker light.
Should that one be red too Bob...?
 
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Should that one be red too Bob...?
Yes. Always red at the rear, with the exception of amber turn signals and backup lights (vintage vehicles can use blue dots, varies by state). And I'm hoping the marker light attached to the taillight isn't a turn signal because it doesn't meet luminosity standards for a turn signal. An easy ticket for an informed LEO.
 
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thanks for info on parking lights....

air compressor I cleaned up and works good to 100 psi, AND welder I went and picked up today... starts, runs and welds smooth. Plan to clean up, repaint and remove from cart and mount on bed....





 
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thanks for info on parking lights....

air compressor I cleaned up and works good to 100 psi, AND welder I went and picked up today... starts, runs and welds smooth. Plan to clean up, repaint and remove from cart and mount on bed....
Parking lights??

That air compressor cleaned up real nice. Usually air compressors are powered by gas engines on service trucks. I see that your welder is rated for 3,500 watts @ 115VAC, so that translates to around a 5 HP engine. What is the amp rating on the compressor motor, or have you already done the math on powering the compressor with the welder?
That's going to look sweet. Hope you have a nice rain cover for all of it.

 
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Pretty much have the major items I wanna keep on my bed, still have to load box with tools and mount a vise. Any thoughts on location or ideas before I start bolting down?
 
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Love the industrial vibe, looking good !
 
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Looking beautiful.
Vises are usually mounted to a 2" receiver hitch, or on a step bumper.
 
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That is neat. Be certain those high pressure tanks are well secured. Is it OK to transport them with the protective caps off? Somewhere in the back of my mind I want to say it is not but I certainly do not know.
 
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I think OSHA requires reg's removed and cap on bottles

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nice work on the equipment too
 
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DOT, NHTSA, and OSHA require the caps to be in place when the bottles are being transported (not in use). And technically, the compressor motor should be explosion proof being that close to the acetylene bottle. Maybe you could reverse the bottles? I really like your setup, but I want you to be safe.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/49/173.301
Do NOT use oil or grease on any of the threads. Use anhydrous lanolin or beeswax, or other non petroleum based lubricant.
And the oxy-acetylene bottles must be securely chained or strapped in such a way to prevent them from tipping.
 
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That is neat. Be certain those high pressure tanks are well secured. Is it OK to transport them with the protective caps off? Somewhere in the back of my mind I want to say it is not but I certainly do not know.
thanks for reply,

I made these brackets to secure bottles and am looking for a deal on some of these safety/transportation caps...







 
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Originally Posted by Mixer man View Post
Looking beautiful.
Vises are usually mounted to a 2" receiver hitch, or on a step bumper.
I thought about a step bumper, but just won't look right with my flatbed. I'm planning to mount and old winch I have above trailer hitch (below bed), but am considering making a trailer hitch vise mount, then a second 2" receiver for storage...
also thanks for link and info about cylinders... I've been checking into and think I'll be "legal and safe" with caps pictures... I never considered the motor is too close to the acetylene cylinder, might swap locations to gain a few more inches.



 
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