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As you can see, my bed and frame were in need of some serious repair. Since I bought this truck, I've been doing a ton of work to it. So far, everything has been maintenance or essential mods to the drivetrain. This time around (other than the hutch and harpoon mods) I decided to start work on some of truck's structure itself. Bear with me, I'm learning to use photobucket for this post :D



Here's the ol' girl going in for surgery. She looks brave


Pulled the bed off and got it flipped over. My floor was in pretty good shape except a couple of spots. The rhino liner did an excellent job of protecting the top and and even though some of the metal had completely rotted away underneath, it didn't fall through or separate. I haul gravel and firewood a lot and you would think there would've been holes torn in it from the weight with no metal underneath for support but it didn't.



Closeup of rhino liner from underneath, if you look at the bolt hole, you can see there's no metal to the left, just rhino liner



Frame had a lot of scale which I removed the old fashioned way, chipping hammer, some scraper blades, and a wire grinding wheel.



The spare had been laying in the bed since I bought the truck since the factory holder had rusted to the point it wouldn't hold it. Soooo I just cut it out of there :thumb:





Cleaning the frame getting it prepped for the Rustoleum Rust Remover. I found a case of 8 bottles for $35 on Amazon which was awesome because this stuff was $12 a bottle here at Home Depot.



Stopped at this point to do the hutch and harpoon mods using a kit from strictly diesel. I found the kit to be complete and the instructions to be excellent. The only issues I ran into here were: the hose clamps were narrow and had two of them strip out, and I had one of the studs on the filter head bracket break loose while tightening the nylock nuts for the filter head. It wasn't a big deal and I had the welder out already so I just welded it back to the plate. With the bed off, this takes less than an hour to do total and it made my engine run so much better. I live 6 miles up a creek in a 40 mph zone, you literally can't hear the engine cruising at 40. For the first time since buying the truck, I can hear tire noises :hehe:



Here's a close up of what the rust remover does. Treated on the right, nothing on the left:



I let the rust remover sit overnight, it says 4 hours on the bottle but I was getting tired. This is a lot of work folks.

Here she is morning of day 2, no paint yet, just rust remover



Got a coat of paint on. I used Rustoleum Professional glossy black. Walmart had the big cans of it on sale for 3.27. I've had really good luck with it on other projects. It lasts a long time and will stand up to thick coats without cracking. I have a homemade flag pole out of iron pipe in my yard I used this stuff on in 2005 and it still looks like it was chromed yesterday.



Had one little spot that was rusted out in the crossmember for the fuel tank. I cleaned it up and welded new metal there. Nobody will ever see it, but it makes me feel better knowing I got the rust stopped. You can also see my amazing arrow drawing skills in this one :hehe:



Got back on the bed. Fabbed these floor support braces from sheet steel. Wasn't very hard, but it was time consuming. Getting the measurements was nervewracking because it was hard enough to flip the bed over to work on it with the limited help I had. If I had more help available, I would've liked to put the bed on after each one was made and see what it looked like. There was an F-450 on the lot (I did this over the 3 day weekend while our shop was shut down) so I had a truck to look at to get an idea of what these braces should look like and get their measurements. You can also see the backup beeper on the right. It's a WOLO, was less than $12. It's one of my favorite mods because people like to get right up on you in a drive thru, and when you got a 4 door long bed dually, sometimes you gotta back up a time or two. If that doesn't work, I just get on the PA. :wink[3]:



Here's the new spare tire mount. I made it out of channel and all-thread. I built a big wing nut for underneath. Would've been nice to have a winch on it, but I'll use a ratchet strap and it'll be ok. Not bad for next to nothing. It's all made from scrap from other projects.



I added backup lights using the trailer reverse light circuit. They were $11 at walmart, 55w and bright. Sprayed them black and mounted them in the existing holes in the bumper. I'm really happy with them, but I'm worried about tearing them off. If I do, I'll think of something else then. They are pretty bright and flood more than I thought they would.
I was also considering how to make mudflap mounts in this one, but decided I was tired and wanted to spend some time home with the wife and kids. Sometimes you gotta know when to stop or you start making mistakes or some strange mods you don't even know why you did them to start with :hehe:.



Got the bed back right side up and mounted. The bed went on with no problems. I was really surprised. The rear crossmember turned out to be a little bit tall (Around 3/16"). I tightened the bolts from front to rear and got the bed to sit like it should. It sits on the frame really nice and looks original and I forgot to take a final shot of the truck. I'll snap one I promise :doh:

After all the maintenance and mods I've done over the past 6 months to this truck, I think it should last a long time. 2 days this week, it's started perfectly with the engine oil temperature gauge (Edge digital gauges) reading 12 degrees. I've also went from 12.68 miles per gallon empty, to 15.84. I made a 119 mile trip last night with around 1/2 cord of oak for half of it and got the 15.84 mpg calculated off filling up at a pilot station and then returning a few hours later and using the same exact pump with air temp close to the same. I have a 6637 filter to put on the truck, but my wife wanted to make me a cover for it like one of Pete's before I put it on the truck. I hope it'll help even more because the programmer and 4" exhaust really need some air to work properly.

Next on the list is pulling the turbo and changing all the O rings and installing a billet compressor wheel and boost fooler. I have oil in the engine valley and it's making me crazy.

Anyhow, hope this was at least interesting to look at, if not helpful. I'm really thankful for all the good info on this board even more appreciative now that I know how much time it takes to take all these pictures and put a writeup together. If there's any way I can help or answer any questions, please let me know.

:beer: I need a cold one just typin this much LOL EDIT: I'm not the portly fella in the tight coveralls that was my helper for part of the build so just keep those beer gut comments to yourselves 8)
 

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Picture of the grill and 05 headlight conversion I did a few weeks ago just because. I gotta drill a hole in the headlights as they're already foggin a little, but oh well. I'm happy with it, the 99 headlights were yellowed and you couldn't see anything after dark.

Here's the bed after it's back on from the rear. Not a great picture but you can see it on the truck. I painted the tailgate (tailgate was red when I bought the truck) and added the two decals. There's some orange peel, but I plan on having the whole truck sprayed when I do the cab corners in a year or two. The ford emblem overlay also came with one for my steering wheel. I'm really happy with them. They were $20. The other one I made.



Also, Ford wanted $300 to set my tailgate up to fit my lock which was ridiculous. It takes 10 minutes to take the lock cylinder out of this tailgate. I called a local locksmith who drove to where my truck was and changed the tumblers out of my existing lock cylinder for $25 tax and all. Thought I'd throw that out there in case anyone else has a replacement tailgate that they want to be able to lock.
 

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That's awesome! And great news on the tail gate lock...I just happen to have a locksmith in my neighborhood that I know.....

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Makes me wonder whats under my bed haha
 

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I went out and looked at several of them on our lot. Most of our trucks are 2007 F350s but there are several 6.4 and 6.7 that are much newer. Every one I looked at has rust bubbles already forming on the same spots on the bed. Most are on the crossmembers directly in front of and behind the wheel - even in the 2012 trucks we have.
 

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HVAC every time I see your sig I'm tempted to hook mine to a sled - Really sharp truck man
 
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HVAC every time I see your sig I'm tempted to hook mine to a sled - Really sharp truck man
Thank you sir. I tell ya, it's a rush. BIG rush....but im nervous every time I hook because of the potential to break. I usually pull locally only(less than two hours from home). That picture is taken from 2 mins from home, and the sled weighs about 15-20k lighter than a big sled that I would pull in my class.

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I want the time and space to do this to my dually, looking good
 

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I am in the process of doing the same on a 1999 cab and chassis truck at work... we took things a little further than you due to the ammount of rust damege.



Where in WV are ya?

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I am in the process of doing the same on a 1999 cab and chassis truck at work... we took things a little further than you due to the ammount of rust damege.



Where in WV are ya?

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Holy cow! Took it all down! Nice...

If you're gonna do something, do it right. Just like you and the OP did.

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Since I have hijacked enough... check out the welding projects thread in the fabrication forum for cab floor/corner repairs and future frame cross member fab.

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dieselcrawlr, I'm located in Putnam county. Moved down here from Preston. I swear they use more road salt down here than they did up there. WIsh I'd had time to strip my truck all the way down like that but hoping to start using the truck to haul for money real soon and needed to be out of the shop by Tuesday. Looks great can't wait to see how yours turns out. Jealous of your sig too LOL
 

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I wish I had the time/money to do the complete strip to my own dually... but it's not near as bad as the one I'm working on. Nice that I'm getting paid to practice on it at work! Both my trucks need some attention similar to yours.

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I'd like to do the same to mine, eventually. Mostly because my truck camper mounts are tied into the first crossmember on the bed. Eh, the bed needs a bit of love anyway, I've got a hole in the left quarter panel, right in front of the bumper.

Nice work though...
 

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My front crossmember was actually in good shape, just some minor rust. I think if I'd had a camper in mine, it would've been sitting on the frame tho
 

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The cross members are ok for now, they are getting some rust though. Plus my camper only weighs about 1200 lbs, maybe 14 or 15 when it's loaded with food, water, beer, propane and ATV gear for 7 people.
 
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