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Plowing with a service body?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by dieselboy01, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    The box on my '02 Super duty has the nice fender rot going on and I want to replace it this summer. I was thinking of using a rust free box but not for $1900. I found a few steel flatbeds for $1700ish new. A flatbed would be nice to have (I think). In my searching for a bed I found a used aluminum service body in good shape for cheap. I dont really need a service body but the price seems good and it will look better then a rusty box.

    I was wondering if its a pain to plow with a service body? Bigger blind spots, things like that. And will a pallet of salt fit in between the cabinets?
  2. michdeere

    michdeere Member
    Messages: 87

    Yes, a pallet will fit in the bed. Maybe you'll have different luck than we did, but winter weather seems to raise Hell with service bodies. After a season or two the rust (or corrosion if its aluminum) will really start to show, door hinges stiffen up, etc... Maybe a fiberglass body is the answer?
  3. dieselboy01

    dieselboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    Will the salt eat away at the aluminum fairly quick? If I spray the hinges with oil I'm sure that would help. I'm just looking for a low cost way to make the truck look better. I hate rust holes.
  4. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    look for a new box down south...a lot of fabricators down there ....place on 92 outside of tampa had them stacked 4 high....wish I could remember the name
  5. onsight

    onsight Senior Member
    Messages: 160

    plowing with a service body isn't bad. It is really nice to have a place to keep tools and spare parts with you.