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how to install a flatbed?...

i bought a 97 f 350 with 18 foot long frame, it was extended.now i got a flatbed to put on it, just a deck, no tilt no nothing and i need to go and pick the bed up.im just wondering if anyone can give me any hints, how can attach the thing to the truck, and somewhat safely move it to a shop.....the bed has mounting rails that would run paralel with the truck, im thinking just aligning it with the fram and strapping it down with rachet type belts.....
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i bought a 97 f 350 with 18 foot long frame, it was extended.now i got a flatbed to put on it, just a deck, no tilt no nothing and i need to go and pick the bed up.im just wondering if anyone can give me any hints, how can attach the thing to the truck, and somewhat safely move it to a shop.....the bed has mounting rails that would run paralel with the truck, im thinking just aligning it with the fram and strapping it down with rachet type belts.....
That would seem like the best thing....I couldnt think of anything else that would be a temp thing.

maybe tack welding it in place for the ride?

Maybe find 2 bolt/bolt holes that align and bolt it down w/grade 8s?

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I would use binders and chains. They don't stretch and will be the best way to do it. On the other hand the absolute best way is to pick the bed up and haul it home with a flatbed trailer.


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i used 2 3" trailer straps they were nylon but the bed isn't super heavy, wish i could weld, though, would have saved me a butt load, i got ripped off i think

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I had a similar problem when I went to grab my flatbed from it's previous owner.

The frame-rails on my pickup didnt quite line up to the frame of the truck, so I tossed a couple of 5" fir 4x4's across the truck frame, loaded the flatbed on top of them, and strapped it down with two 5k lb ratchet straps.

That got it home.

From there I modified the bed to fit the truck. Basically had to build a subframe for it, that now bolts to the truck chassis.

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gotta trailer ????

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