While working on my turtleback I found about 2 gallons of Bondo. It was very heavy when I removed it. So I built a Pick-up bed to put in it's place until I can afford to have it media blasted and repaired. 6FT seemed like a good length so here was where I started
I thought it looked good so I stained it
I installed it
That's when I noticed how long it was
so I cut 14 inches off
that's better then I wanted it to dump
and I added a new battery box
tried my hand at carving
Then I added 2 accessory items to the dash
Wal-la truck until the other parts are fixed!
Looks good! I've never seen those "looped" upper part of the side brackets, do they allow you to slide side boards in and out as required?
Also, it looks like the bed slides aft before it angles up to dump, what does the linkage look like?
Mark boards or fishing rods, I took 2 heavy duty door hinges and welded them in an opposing fashion
I am still working on the lift mechanism so for right now it is all manual when the rain lets up I will go out and get pictures and post them.
As I say to guys who notice the ol' brass picup, "Just about everybody needs an old pickup."
Loved the first four parts of the thread!
When I first started building my huckster it was long in back like your box started out. I cut off about the same amount as you and ended with a much better looking rig. Nice looking PU. Taking that 14 inches off sure makes it look swell!
Mark G. thanks I am still wanting to fix the turtleback but with all of the comments from the local folks it may stay a pick-up, which means I need to find another roadster. Is that your huckster in your profile it looks like it is ready to go to work I like it.
Yep, pickups sure are convenient, I like the looks of them, too! Having the dump bed sure makes it easy to service the battery....
Mark this is how I wanted to make the bed slide back
They were to be made to "Wrap" around the "Rails"
But I could not gain access to a milling machine and when I tried to have the local trade school make it for me they claimed a 6 month backlog. So I used a double hinge arrangement but that means that the rear of the bed has to go up and over then tilt for the dump
not Ideal but it does move the bed back far enough to accomplish the dump
Neat design! I like your wood angle limiter blocks, too.
Mine just uses simple hinges at the back with a somewhat flimsy bracket on one side to limit the dump angle: