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would a flat bed look>dumb on short bed? any one have pice of a truck w a flat bed

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by lawnmasters2006, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. lawnmasters2006

    lawnmasters2006 Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    thinking about installing a flat bed on my work truck,1997 chevy ext cap short box.

    just dont want it to look dumb...any pics out there?
  2. lawnmasters2006

    lawnmasters2006 Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    must be slow on plow site...:confused:
  3. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Personally I think a flatbed on anything other than a dually looks really stupid...thats just me though!
  4. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Its not just you;)
  5. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    Form follows function

    If its going to do the job required then do it

    If it's just for show skip it
    our '96 &'06 are SRW reg cab conversions. used as equipment haulers
  6. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    I saw a utility body on a crew cab shortbox frame the other day during a storm, and i have to say it did look very strange.
  7. Jerre Heyer

    Jerre Heyer Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    I used to think the same thing that they would look dumb. I took the approach of Heather lawn spray and decided that form following function was the correct way to look at it.

    Hillsboro has been making a 7X7 bed for years in steel and alum. Put one on my X cab Superduty short bed a little over a year ago. Works great. Don't care that it looks short on the truck....It is a short bed after all.

    Try to wrestle up some picts but till then you can see it on the YouTube link Jerresservice and look at the videos of the snow blower.

  8. Schwinn68

    Schwinn68 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    could you post up some pics of your rig? I checked out your vid on youtube but I want to get a better look at how this is going to look. My buddy is putting one on his ec superduty to use as his welding rig and we want to see how it will look. where did you get your bed from? He's been looking around to get the best price with the options he wants but it's not as easy to find one for a shortbed. thanks
  9. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,229

    This is nice!
  10. Novadiecast

    Novadiecast Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    That is REAL NICE if you ask me. Well put together.
  11. Schwinn68

    Schwinn68 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    that looks great! that bed is like a work of art. Do you know where it came from? I see the IL plate so it had to be from somewhere local. We found a place in Bartlett that sells the CM truck bodies. He wants a steel bed with fenders, kind of like a western hauler style.
  12. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    That's one of GLS (Ryan's) trucks. He's in the Q.C./Moline area.
  13. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    Holy smokes that looks good. I've seen that dmax but it had a bed, cap, and no lightbar on it.
    That truck's in the Moline area. They are the people I bought my plow from. Very good people to deal with and really nice equipment that they take good care of.

    Search the site for GLS to see their white dodge with the flatbed also.
  14. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Hi Jerre, That Hillsboro bed he has is sweet! Looks great with all the LED's. If I needed a flat bed thats the one I would def. go with.
  15. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    There was a thread on LS where a guy built his own flatbed, it turned out really good. green truck, a new one, the thread has to be a year or two old at this point but worth trying to find. He had tons of pictures from a-z, used it to haul 2 Z's around for mowing, or was it one Z and one wb, i don't know, doesn't matter. Just look for the thread, worth it.
  16. Schwinn68

    Schwinn68 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I know that truck. I bought my backrack and hitch from him. Last time I saw it there was a bed on it.
  17. Ropinghorns

    Ropinghorns Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Don't care what it looks like, as much as what it does for us. Just put a flatbed on a 96 3/4 4x4 Ford ext. cab. East to work from with a spreader on the back. Bags on the side.
  18. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    Awesome wheels on that dmax! The bed is cool too.
  19. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,779

    You definetly want aluminum for the weight on a shortbox, otherwise you'll be too heavy. Not sure if you saw my set up with the foldown sides. (which are removable with simple clevis pins.) These are 1 ton SRW.

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  20. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    Hey Mr. M, nice looking garage setup you got there.