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I want to swap out the flatbed I have now for a wood-decked one. Around here I may be able to find a used one and slap a coat of paint on it if I'm lucky. Will any 8' bed bolt up?

If I go the new route, what manufacturers should I look at or avoid?

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you going to sell the one you havE?

97 F350 Reg cab XLT 7.3, ZF5 Swap, Diamond eye 4" turbo back,Riffraff 6637, Baby Swamps, Ts 6 pos with swamps tunes Glow shift triple gauge pod

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I want to swap out the flatbed I have now for a wood-decked one. Around here I may be able to find a used one and slap a coat of paint on it if I'm lucky. Will any 8' bed bolt up?

If I go the new route, what manufacturers should I look at or avoid?
No. you need one that will fit your 36" wide frame rails

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Thanks Brad.

Speedracer, I was, but my bud called dibs on it

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balls! #%^$@$R

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You're not the first one to react like that Back on track...anyone know about Reading flatbeds? Their utility bodies are all over the place, but never know they made flattys.

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Everything Reading makes is nice. But steel is heavy. And rusts

Have you considered Aluminum?

Martin Welding makes a pretty nice bed that is fairly cheap
SW Aluminum Pickup Flat Bed Dodge Ford Chevy GMC | eBay

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I know, and we're using that new green chloride stuff here in the winter I'm weighing all my options, but the wood deck appeals to me since I can tie stuff down however I want and screw my spare bench seat on the back for the drive in or the pulls.

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Wood is heavy. Dont get me wrong, I used wood(for the deck) when I made my Steel flat bed for $600 But that was a 18,000lb GVW F550


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That's a nice bed Brad. Still got a few weeks to sleep on it...we'll see.

-Austin

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