03 1500 flat bed build


Bought this truck, 4wd, 5.3 base with 105k on the odometer.

Truck was beat on by the previous owner. Tried to be a snow plower. Back into a Mercedes on his first day. Must have been moving.

I was going to pull the body and set the blazer on it. Lowered 4wd DD. FTW.

Not going to happen. So I am going to build a flat bed.

Already added electric seats and cruise control

Today it started.

Hitch is a little bent.

Bed removal by myself.

I new I had to deal with this.

Got it straightened out with big steel, clamps, BFH and a lot of heat. It is straight and square. Measured diagonals and it is 1/16" off. Only issue is, and it is a big one, the frame is twisted. Right rear corner is 1" higher. Blocked the left side up and tried to push the right corner down with the skidder. No dice.

Will try something else tomorrow.

I guess I should describe the future bed. Aluminium frame and sides, shortened to 7 feet long so it will fit in the garage. Recessed rollers in the surface. Sides will be removed and used to widen bed if needed. The back section will extend to 10 feet long if needed.

I have 9 days to have it usable.


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