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bed ladder and nerf bar, grab handles

Discussion in 'Welding' started by skyking1, Jan 29, 2021.

  1. skyking1

    skyking1 Senior Member

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    I started working on the delivery driver's 1 ton flatbed. He has been taking one of the sideboards off and using it to climb up on the bed. He's older than I, and pretty stove up in general. First project was a bed ladder.
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    It's 14" to the top of the step and about equal spacing on the next and then to the bed. I put nonskid tape on the steps.
    I used 1 x 3 x .062 tubing for the step and 3 x 3/16 for the sides and top.
    There is a 3/4 lower lip on the bed and I designed it to hang on that lip. The two stainless bolts and washers and nylon washers clamp it to the bed. I kicked it back to an existing angle iron welded to the bed to support the gas fill piping.
    Next is a right hand rail that will be a piece if 1" sch 40 steel in a socket flush to the bed, removable for loading.
    I will aslo fab a proper left handle and attach to the headache rack.
     
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    Jonas302 Senior Member

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    Steps and grab rails will make a huge improvement in his work day
     
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    Good job, looking out for your co-worker. Big Ups! Write that up as a near miss report and make your safety folks happy.
     
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    @Coaldust I will do that when it is complete. Safety guys like this!
    I got the nerf bar roughed in and I mounted it for testing. it is only .062 wall tubing so I was a bit concerned. It turned out fine so I took it back off and closed up the tubing and got some paint on it to cure over the weekend.
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    JLarson Well-Known Member

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    Nice, I've eaten it more times then I can count climbing on and off flatbeds and crane truck decks.

    When I do flat steps like that I tack down cuts of expanded metal as "tread"
     
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  6. skyking1

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    I had plenty of the grip tape on hand from the 16K trailer rebuild.
     
  7. skyking1

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    Finally got that last grab handle made and installed. The right hand tube is visible behind the sideboard in the first picture.
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    I picked up 3 mandrel bends from the welding supply for 1" tubing and cut the middle one custom.
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    war hammer ranch New Member

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    That is a well thought out design and end product. Good Job.
     
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    I just got a sheet of the flat 1/2 for a screen. I might just do that now :)
     
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    Just my $1.98 (.02 from 1973 plus inflation) but I don't like the flat expanded for steps, if I use any at all I get he raised type. YMMV
     
  11. skyking1

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    I thought about that. The metals place only sells full sheets and had no raised metal. Probably keep the nonslip tape for now.
     
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