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Aluminum truck bed floor?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by CHEVY 4WD, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. CHEVY 4WD

    CHEVY 4WD 1/2 ton status

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    Its just somthen I was thinken about today... I dont really ever haul much over 500-600lbs, I really want to re-do the floor anyways, But I do want it to be just as strong as stock. What I was thinking was cutting out the bottom of the floor and replacing it with just flat aluminum, and putting in new wheel tubs. Then bracing underneed the aluminum with some ½in square tubbing going from side to side (mabe 4-6 of those) after I got done I would duplicolor it. But what do yall think? Also would the price of the aluminum kill me? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
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    buy some steel you PANSY!!! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    that much AL prolly would be pretty spendy... other than that I think its a great idea. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    I have a 12' reefer body in my yard for storage--the diamond plate aluminum floor has holes the size if baseballs at every bolt due to steel VS aluminum eletrolisis,and I can hardly walk on it anymore!--I had a 75 K-5 that someone patched the floors with aluminum roof flashing--it ate the floor really bad,looked like they salted it!--gotta keep those dissimilar metals separated with something.I like aluminum,it just doesnt get along with iron and steel very well!. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    I was going to make the same comment, but I remembered that the HMMWV beds are AL, and the frames are (I'm assuming here) steel.

    Anyone know how they keep the metals from reacting to each other? Rubber insulators?

    I noticed the problem with the AL pieces at the door sill plates (start turning white and just rot away).

    I think some of the wheel well moldings are AL too, I've seen some rotting like they were. Those kinds of things GM probably clear coated if they are AL.
     
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    that much AL prolly would be pretty spendy... other than that I think its a great idea. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    No Doubt! I'm restoring a 1959 Airstream and had to buy some .025 and .035 T2024 T3 sheet Alcad. $250!

    By the time you brace up your not going to save much weight. Your planing on painting over it so no corrosion gain over steel with paint. Nobody is going to know it's aluminum so not even a "Bling Bling" gain. What's the point?
     

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