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I have an 86 chevy k10 shortbed with a 4" and 36s. I saw one with a flatbed and it looked bada**. I am only 15, and just bought a crate motor for the truck so money is real tight, and my fab skills arent too good. I was thinking of just using some angle iron, to outline the bed, and use some 2x8 wood planks in the middle of it. If any of you have pictures of cheap flatbeds that you built i would appreciate it, along with any advice. Also, would a 110v stick welder be able to handle this job.
 

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go ahead and either keep the bed the same width as the cab or dovetail it back some if you plan on offroading it any, yes that 110 will work just fine
 

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this is probaly a stupid question, but what does it mean to dove tail the bed?
 

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It is normal width by the cab and narrows near the rear. kinda starts to make v shape.
 

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does anyone have any pictures or plans of their flatbeds that they built for relatively cheap. As well as any pictures of flatbeds that were dovetailed.
 

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On 2005-12-04 05:20, Rmayer wrote:
does anyone have any pictures or plans of their flatbeds that they built for relatively cheap. As well as any pictures of flatbeds that were dovetailed.

do a search for "dovetail" you'll find a few guys on here with em and pictures. as far as dovetailing a flat bed. there's really not too much of a point to that. dovetailing is usually only done to normal pickup beds. you could make a flatbed that has some angles in the back of it.

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When I usually build a flat bed, we use C- channel across the frame. Then take a straight edge to make sure all is the same height. Then take a sheet of 3/16 plate to build the floor out of. When welding the C-channel to the frame just weld outside edges. If you weld it in the front and back of C-channel, it can cause the frame to crack. You can always skirt it later as money comes availble.
 

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well this maybe a stupid question... but why not just take the tailgate, bed sides, and back of bed near the cab off......
then it is a flatbed!!!!!!! :rotfl: and cheap too!!!
then maybe angle iron to cleanup the edges if they need it.. plus it is already bolted to the frame!!!!! :bigthumb:
 

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On 2005-12-12 06:23, chevyman_4x4 wrote:
You could do that except body panels are made out of somewhere around 22 gauge sheet metal. It wouldn't be very strong.

well im saying to take the body panels off.. and keep the current floor in..... that should be somewhat strong......there are cross braces built into it :poke:
 
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