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This is my 1985 truck that I used daily. It has seen better days. If you want to "use" these trucks you better keep up on them. I have gone through 3 transmissions, rear diff, front axle joints, cracked frame(custom boxed the frame) and a rebuilt a 4 bolt 350 that has vortec late model heads with a mild RV camshaft.

My next Modifcations are:

 

THE DUMP BED PROJECT

Updated Oct. 24, 2005

This is my buddy Tony using the plasma cutter in order to remove the rusted bed bolts so we can get the bed off.
Job well done Tony. Afer about a half hour or so the bed is off and ready for the dumpster.

 

 

Here is the naked 85 K-10 ready for its new bed.
Just nother shot. Looks whimpy huh. Notice the reverse light and the LED tail/brake lights.

 

 

This is the lower frame of the bed. I first had to weld up some stantions to support the bed. Steel is expensive these days so I ordered it in stages as required. I made this from a scratch paper drawing. No CAD files here...
Notice on the left side of the bed I milled slots in the crossmembers so that I can run conduit in for the wires to pass from the head-ache rack that I will fabricate.

 

 

I then made the center members but I had to wait till I got my dump kit from e-bay. I then made a trailer hitch assembly and used that to anchor the hinges. If I need to take this bed off all I need to do is unplug the harness and then take out 3 bolts and lift it off.
Here is the rear light panel I made on my bridgeport machine. This makes sure all holes are in line and the lights fit. Notice there is only one crossmember welded in there cause I had to make some more bracketry to get the dump kit to fit.

 

 

This is the head-ache rack I made. I calculated the angle to match the sail panels of the truck.
Fully welded. I used to work for a fabricator and he said I did not know how to weld. That is the day I quit there and told him where to put his welder.

 

 

Shot of me welding the head-ache rack to the bullet proof cab protector.
Yes it works. Goes up nice and fast and smooth too.

 

 

Stake Pockets and rail Hooks

Prepping for stake pockets for 2 x 4's to fit into. These are custom bent ones made out of 10ga.
After grinding and sanding some scale and surface rust I mocked up the 3 pockets. I made them 24 on center. No reason it just worked out that way.

 

 

Stake pockets fully welded in.
1/4" Flat stock welded to the stake pockets and bent toward the channel then welded.

 

 

Rear window protector

This is the head-ache/window protector I made. I bought 4 x 8 sheet of the expanded meteal . This stuff is not cheap.
I used the plasma cutter to cut off the size I needed from the 4 x 8 sheet. I then framed it in 1.5 x 1/4" flat stock. The following pics show the rack welded to the dump bed.

 

 

D-Rings Installed

D-rings I got from McMaster-Carr. They are rated at a little over 1 ton. They were 18.00 each.
Here is one mounted on the center of the very front of the bed and down low.

 

Light Brackets

I like a lot of lights :)

I plow with this truck and some commercial lots as well. It is important for me to be seen by others. This is why some people think I am over kill with strobes and stuff, but they have not been with me at 4am plowing a commercial lot when someone comes out now where and almost slides into you.

Here is the reverse light bracket combined with a mini stobe I got on e-bay.
The combination bracket welded to the home made trailer hitch assembly. I made two of these brackets.

 

 

Sorry for the wiring mess. I was kind of in a rush and did not want to do the set up for the pic. Here are the other two strobes with simple L-brackets I made. I have a Whelen box that will power 6 strobes. It has a programmable pattern flash too. I have hidaways in the amber part of the plow lights.
The bracket welded to the bed. There is one on the driver and passenger side. It does not obstuct view. Also you can now see the window protector as well as another hook. The hook is just a piece of chain welded to the bed.

 

Bed Winch Mount
(Final Mod before Paint)

I decided to get a small utility winch so I can easily pull objects up on the bed. Most use will be to pull my compressor, welder and generator up on the bed when I need to go onsite and do some welding. All I need to do is make some ramps and then hook up the cable and press a button while guiding the item up on the bed.

I decided to get a utility winch that is capable of 3000 lbs. I wanted this so I could pull up my welder, generator and air compressor when needed.
The steel I used for this is 2 x 2 x .250 wall tubing. The HTP MIG 240 welder made nice penetration on this as you can see.

 

 

3/8" thick steel plate with nuts welded on the under side. This makes removing the winch easy.
This is the Superwinch I got. By no means was is designed to pull a vehicle or my truck out of a situation. That is not what it is for. I will also rewire it so it has quick disconnects as well.

 

Updated November 7, 2005

Paint and Wood flooring...

The steel bed frame was painted at a body shop. I supplied them with the SEM Rust Preventative Paint as a base coat. This stuff comes with a harner as well. The top coat is Nasson (Centari's Fleet brand) with the hardner as well. Total of two gallons were used for the bed. It came out great.
I used 2 x 6 pressure treated wood and special deck screws that have wings on them with a drill bit. I still had to predrill the crossmembers cause the screws were not doing the job. It took a full day to cover the bed with the wood.

 

Updated December 20, 2006

Final Pics

Here is the finished bed with wood installed and secured. This project came out better than I had thought.

The dump in the full up position. Everything works perfect. If I were to get another truck I would put a dump kit on it. It just makes life so much easier.

 

 

 

Note: Contact me if you would like a bed custom made for your truck

 

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