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Custom Wood Flatbed - Phoax

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!


Framed up!


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.


Side vview


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?
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Great workmanship, but not my thing.
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Very clean and well built. If it were mine, though, some diamond metal plating would be required.

Other than that, well done.
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I like it. Nice workmanship and it's certainly not a bellybutton car, is it?

What type of stain? Sprayed or brushed?
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Thanks for the compliments. It's just brushed on deck stain. What is a bellybutton car?
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What is a bellybutton car?
One that everyone else has, too, just like everyone has a belly button.

I.e., tri-five Chevy, 67-69 Camaro, any Mustang.
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