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Lets see your "ultimate" service truck!

Discussion in 'Showtime!' started by DirtySouthTruck, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Numbfingers

    Numbfingers Active Member

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    Nice! Who makes the boxes, and can you post a pic from the rear?
     
  2. markshr151

    markshr151 Well-Known Member

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    This is the Business end of my truck. We work on raido towers and ropes, capstan,cooler,vice and stuff all happen right here. After I got it sandblasted I could see how bad many of my welds were when I first built it. So I rewelded most of it and modified the attachment points for better peace of mind. Every thing gets a coat of industrial apoxy primer then scorpion truck bed liner on appropriate parts. I thought this project would move a lot faster. If I could only stop working so I could get some work done. IMG_1678.JPG IMG_1683.JPG
     
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  3. markshr151

    markshr151 Well-Known Member

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    This is how it looked on the old truck. IMG_1390.JPG
     
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  4. FSERVICE

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    looks good... its all bout what you need for your specific jobsite, its been said "its not what you buy but what you build that matters" & you are doing a great job!!
     
  5. markshr151

    markshr151 Well-Known Member

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    IMG_1723.JPG IMG_1728.JPG Can I get some input please?
    1. Iam conserned about the twist in the frame when I put my suspension together. It seems like the torque rod is causing The frame to twist.Will this come out when I put the bed on.
    2. What are your opinions on mounting the bed to the frame . Should it have room to flex or be mounted solid. I do not want to mount it in a way that would bust up my new utility bed .
     
  6. Junkyard

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    It appears to be a single frame the full length, is that so? How many crossmembers are there along the length. I would cosinder an inner liner all the way or at least through the suspension area. What sort of subframe do you have in mind for your body? Might be able to build it stout enough to help. Also, was everything dead level and straight when you stretched it? Did it twist after you hung the rear bumper on it? If it's too late to slide a liner in it one thing we used to do on gin trucks was a fish plate on the outside. It was in addition to the double frame but those trucks got hammered all the time. I think with a little planning when you start your body you may be able to incorporate sufficient structure to cure this.

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  7. markshr151

    markshr151 Well-Known Member

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    This truck was a oil field winch truck with inverted kingpin and no gin poles. I figured if it can take that type of work a Utilitiy bed would be like a retirement. Yes it is a single frame with 7 cross members in 20' from the cab. I was very careful to make sure the whole truck was level and straight pulse I never separated the rear axel from the truck. I did remove the front drive axel. It is to late to do anything with the frame and it only twisted when I put the new shocks, air bags and torque rod on. I think it is the resistance of the torque rod bushings. But this brings me to another question. Do I mount the bed (that I will build from scratch) solid to the frame or allow it to have some movement to it. I need 4" from frame to floor of bed. Maybe some 2x4 steel tubeing as a sub frame?
     
  8. Junkyard

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    I would mount it solid, tabs off the bed/subframe down to the truck frame with 5/8" bolts. Everything is going to flex and give in it's own way so I wouldn't make it any easier for things to move around. If you do the doors etc may close great one time and not the next. I wouldn't think the torque rod would cause the frame to twist like that. I've seen some beds with a thin piece of wood between truck frame and the bed or whatever is installed. A think piece of conveyor belt or something between the two might not hurt.

    If you pull the torque rod back out will it straighten up? If that's all it takes to twist it that kind of bugs me a bit. What did you have in mind for the way you're building the bed?

    Junkyard
     
  9. Howey75

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    Did the parts guy happen to give you the wrong torque rod?
     
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  11. markshr151

    markshr151 Well-Known Member

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    No , I replaced the parts with oem Mack parts and it is aligned perfect. On a side note I did fix some brake problems I didn't know I had by using Mack oem parts.
     
  12. Tradesman

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    That's a fine looking rig Brodiesil, I see its heavily customized.
     
  13. bobcat1

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    Hey, it's paid for and makes as much money as a new one.:D
     
  14. dirty4fun

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    What brand or make drawer units do you fellows use? I would like to get a four or five drawer unit to fit in one of my side boxes. The opening is 28" W x 34" T x 19" D Some drawers would sure organize some of my tools and misc. so maybe I could even find them. Thanks for any help!
     
  15. mikebramel

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    American Eagle through Cherokee truck equipment in Tennessee ... shipped to local terminal

    Custom 32"x21"x44"(from what I remember)

    Took me a couple days of sitting down and laying out my tools to figure out what height and how many drawers. Works almost perfect
     

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    the company i work for doesnt provide any tool storage solutions or drawer units in any of our trucks.

    ive been using a late 90's CM top box since '04 when i went into my 1st service truck. it's heavily overloaded, ad has literally shaken itself apart. couple years ago i cut out the lower drawer completely, and wleded up a new lower frame out of some scrap square tubing. it's bolted to an old lyon 3 drawer mid box, secured to the floor and back wall of the body. i keep my air tools in an old MAC side cab ive had for many years....

    :eek: work tools 4.JPG M136 002.JPG
     
  17. markshr151

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    After a few month of being to busy to work on my truck I am back at it and stoked to have scored a small crane for it today. Worked on drive shafts, u-joints, Carrier bearings, air lines, electric lines, fuel tanks, alum. Wheels, seats, new flooring and the frame twist went away when I turned the truck around.

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