Those rivets are things of nightmares. Good luck!
Thanks, happy to give back for all I've learned here.I will be installing some water and gray water tanks under mine between the frame rails, so seeing how you design all of this will be really helpful to me.
Looking forward to seeing the end result!
Not very worried. I jacked up the rear corner to get better access to the shock mount rivets for grinding. With only the top two crossmembers on, there was very little frame twist. The cab and chassis frame has a taller profile and additional bracing on the top and bottom of the frame rails under the cab. Also, my progressive leaf springs move easier than the stiff factory springs. With all the stuff I am adding to the frame, it will be plenty stiff.How worried are you about frame twist? The factory crossmembers are stamped not only because it's cheap, but also because it's not torsionally resistant, meaning when the frame twists the crossmembers will elastically twist with it. Tubing on the other hand is very stiff torsionally, so if the frame goes to do its twisty-twisty the crossmembers will not like that very much. Unless of course the U-haul box makes the frame so stiff there's like zero twist going on to begin with?
The bed is actually 11' 8" It dovetails for the last 12" or so on the back.Yep, that thing is loaded, but no where does the ad say how long the bed is. It looks to be about 8', but ...?
You and me both. Lately, I am just a clearing house for truck parts and materials.Very nice truck. I broke open my piggy bank and the pennies just didn't make it to $48k, I got to $4.80. GLWS. It is a beauty.