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Bronco Mike

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Got this 79 f150 gona be a trail truck . Got tons and 40s for it. If I sold the bed and made a flatbed I could shorten the overhang about a foot. What do y'all think?
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RustyC

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Agreed. Keeping some of the bed if it is solid enough to work with. If it doesn't work out a flatbed is always an option.
Maybe cut on the red line? could look funny on the cab side.
 

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Bronco Mike

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The bed is in better shape than what pix show . I don't know what a short bed goes for. I hate to cut it up.
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TMac

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I can’t imagine it would got for more than what it would cost you in steel to rebuild it as a flat bed
 

GSI

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I vote flat bed. Having had a full sized trail truck with a regular bed, it sucks trying to tie stuff down in the bed. Adding tie down points in a sheet metal bed kinda sucks. Its hard to get it not to pull the sheet metal at the tie down points. Less overhang is always better.
 

Bronco Mike

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I'm pretty sure I can't sell the bed for what it would cost me to build a flatbed but somebody might need a short bed for a project they got and I've got some leftover diamond plate from when I did my trailer a few months ago
 

crashhawk

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Another vote for flatbed here. The flexibility of adding tie down points and not having to watch caving in bedsides. Also a well built flat will stiffen your chassis a bit to help with frame flex.
As far as cost effectiveness, who knows.
 

Bronco Mike

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Another vote for flatbed here. The flexibility of adding tie down points and not having to watch caving in bedsides. Also a well built flat will stiffen your chassis a bit to help with frame flex.
As far as cost effectiveness, who knows.
What does cost-effective have to do with this hobby .
 

Jody Treadway

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I vote to dove it. Build your own tubular structure and then skin the sides for appearance. This is an old pic of my trail rig, but you get the idea. I recently added a much bigger cell and placed it behind the axle. In front of it is purpose build tie downs, cooler mount, etc.
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El Diablo

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Let me know if you want to sell the bed or trade for one not in as good of shape to try dove.
 

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