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Old 08-23-2007
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Supports for Hauling Plywood

I dont know if anyone has ever done this before, people almost probably have, but I thought I would share this with you guys. I have a Ford bed liner in mine and I saw the slots in the sides and wondered what they were there for.

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After looking at them for a while my dad and I noticed that they were just about level with the wheel wells so we thought maybe we could put wood from slot to slot to better haul big items like plywood. We got two pieces of cedar and the cut them to length.

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Now the piece fit in the front pretty easily enough. The back one was another story. The piece in the front has enough room to be swung into place but the back one doesnt. We ended up cutting the other piece in half and then putting a door hinge to connect the two pieces and some rods to support the wood when it had weight on it.

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When I dont need them I just lay them one top of the other in the front
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They have worked for me so far and come in handy when I need to get plywood, which we seem to get a lot here!

Just curious, anyone else have something similar to this or ever seen this before??
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Awesome man! I've always thought thats what those are for, just never tried it. Nicely done.
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Nice.
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Some trucks back in the 80's had the slots molded into the actual bedside just for that purpose.It's to allow contractors to double stack building materials , ie-long lumber for a project in the bottom and plywood stacked above.This way they could leave the plywood on the truck for one job but still get to the lumber easily.
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yeah thats designed into the liner for just that reason
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Nice work!
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[QUOTE=OTRtech]Some trucks back in the 80's had the slots molded into the actual bedside just for that purpose.QUOTE]

I know on my Gen II's they have a spot in front of and behind the wheel wells that I can lay a board right across.

I like how u put it all together, looks good and most importantly functional
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I don't have a bedliner so when I load plywood or sheet rock in the truck. I leave the tailgate up and then move my spare tire all the way against the tailgate. Then I have 4 points of contact and have never had a piece more or sheetrock break. The spare ends up supporting the middle while the wheel wells the sides the bottom of the bed in the front and the tailgate in the back. It gives me an awesome big wing also hahahaha.
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I don't have a bedliner so when I load plywood or sheet rock in the truck. I leave the tailgate up and then move my spare tire all the way against the tailgate. Then I have 4 points of contact and have never had a piece more or sheetrock break. The spare ends up supporting the middle while the wheel wells the sides the bottom of the bed in the front and the tailgate in the back. It gives me an awesome big wing also hahahaha.
Yea thats what I do with plywood, you don't even have to tie it down.
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