I built a custom flatbed recently and thought I should share.
It all started because I bought new shocks. I tried to remove the bed to ease installation of the rear shocks and the first 2 bolts I turned snapped. I stopped and drove with a bed that was floppy at one corner for a bit. The new front shocks were diving into corners nice and the rear was still kicking like a donkey. I like flatbeds and decided this was the perfect opportunity to build one. I whipped out the tape measure and drew this in autocad. Many revisions later I came up with this. It retains full rear suspension travel.
This is how my truck looked when I bought it.
The wood needed to build this bed. It's all regular construction lumber. I designed it around common sizes. 1 inch longer would increase the price to build by a good chunk. Plus a blanket!
Ready for stain.
It'a tough to see but I cut the bumper off with a torch. The bolts were so rusted together I said **** it. The torch ran out of gas right as I finished, phew. I was on a deadline. This was Sunday night and I had to get to work 2.5 hours away Monday morning in this truck.
Bed is on! I ran 6 carriage bolts through the wood framing boards into the truck's frame to mount it. I spend $30 on drill bits to get this done. Installing mud flaps in the photo, $17 for the pair at Mills Fleet & Farm.
Another angle of the new bed. Some Rangers came with a rear end that gave them a big rake, mine is one of those. I think it looks good with the new bed. I wasn't a fan of it with the stock bed.
The lights I bought were supposed to cover all functions but the Ranger has stupid wiring. I installed the surface mount turn signals last minute and they have grown on me.
First load on the bed. Hauling the old bed to the junkyard. I traded it for some old Ford Galaxie emblems/americana. They are badass.
This winter I took a couple 2x4s, straps, and sandbags and got some traction haha.
It cost me about $200. Wood, fasteners, stain, and lights.
What do y'all think of the flatbed?