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Truck bed removal

Discussion in 'The Body Shop' started by Mastiff, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. Mastiff

    Mastiff 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Is it pretty easy to replace a truck bed? This would be a 1986 long bed. I'd go crawl under there myself but it's cold as hell and snowing right now... so, how many body mounts are there on a long bed? Is that about all there is to it, remove the body mount bolts and lift it off? Can a few guys lift a bed?

    My new truck is kinda rusty, so I'm considering my options. I'll probably just live with it for a while, but when I get sick of it, it may be easier to just swap out the whole bed instead of trying to repair the rust. Plus, then I could really get at the frame with POR-15 or whatever and also pre-treat the replacement bed.
     
  2. Stomper

    Stomper ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ GMOTM Winner

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    6 or 8 mounting bolts
    Fuel filler hose
    tail light wireing
    possibly the dif vent will be connected to the bed
    might be a brake proportioning thingy under there also.
    I think that is it.

    4 guys should be able to lift it ok
    1 guy + cherry picker + some scrap steel can do it also.

    got wind??:haha:
     
  3. mr_beer

    mr_beer 1/2 ton status

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    My dad and I lifted my short bed with no preblem at all
     
  4. Russ

    Russ 1/2 ton status

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    Me and my wife just replaced my dually bed on my crewcab. Lift up one side at a time and attach a 4x4 to the bed above the frame. Then you can slide it off and swap the 4x4's to the new one and slide it back on. I took the rear wheels off and lowered the truck down on the axle to get it as close to the ground as possible.

    Russ
     

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