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Old 01-20-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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I figured it's about time to start showing progress. this is my first attempt at a build thread for any of my projects. So bear with me. It started life as a line haul truck for I believe Watkins. Was stretched and converted into a 28 ft box truck for a plant nursery. I bought it out in Arkansas and drove it all the way home with no problems at all. 315k miles, 435 n14 cummins, super 10 trans.




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Old 01-20-2016, 12:55 PM   #2
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I needed to move the box forward 18 inches and add a sleeping loft for my daughter. I also needed to replace the fiberglass roof with aluminum.

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I bought an old travel trailer for the windows, doors, and the slide mechanism. and set up and framed the 12 ftx43 inch slide out.



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Old 01-20-2016, 01:01 PM   #3
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I cut and spliced the top rail 9ft back from the front and spliced in a 12ft section to add the 36 inch loft. I also framed everything up with 1x2 inch 1/16th wall box tubing. Much stronger that the z studs Supreme used and still fairly light.
All of the skin that has been removed is being replaced with new aluminum. I was planning on a repaint anyway, and why half ass it at this point.
Here is a pic of the left side with the skin replaced and windows.
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Old 01-21-2016, 08:17 AM   #4
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You must have been thinking "This is an easy project and will be done quickly!".... Cool project and looks good!
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Nice work so far, looking forward to seeing more progress pics.
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very nice !!!! don't stop now !!!
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Old 01-24-2016, 07:41 PM   #7
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What are you doing for rear bumper?
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:18 AM   #8
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I'm currently planning on using a "Texas" front bumper on the rear. I'm planning on running the receiver tube for the hitch through the foot hold opening (since they are designed for the front)


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Wow! That's quiet the undertaking!
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After finishing the left and right side paneling, I decided that roof should be the next project. My wife decided that a skylight this big was just going to leak.



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The new roof is rolled .060 aluminum. It is sold by the foot. This is a 35 ft roll.

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We used the forklift to lift it up to the roof. Centered it up at the front and let it fly. Wish I had a video, It was cool to watch. I then welded up a quick "attachment point" to the fork lift and clamped the rear of the roof to it to "stretch it" This will keep it from billowing as you go down the rood.

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Once stretched. We used new J molding and buck rivets to fasten it to the top rail. We used butyl tape between the roof and the top rail. We used grey Manus to seal the J molding. This should be a lifetime roof.

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The walls of the truck body are actually held together by the roof. Without it they are very flimsy and sway back and forth. The body is much stronger now.
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Love the creative use of E-Track and vice grips
VERY nice progress!
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I bought our local harbor freight (I didn't want to leave my nice ones out in the weather)out of vice grips twice. The lady said they're ordering system was based on sales. I think they are going to be overstocked shortly
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After much work with no noticeable progress. I finally have some pictures.
Now that the roof was on. I had to finish the bunk area above the cab. I slid the box back 4 ft. And installed a sheet of 16 gauge stainless to the bottom of the bunk area.

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Once we got that in place I got a sheet of 16 gauge plain steel and built the front of the box.
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Then I gutted the sleeper and cut my hole.
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After dodging some serious rain storms. we primed and painted the rood of the cab, the back of the cab and the front of the box. Once I join the two together there would be no way to paint them.
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Once the paint dried (and 5 more inches of rain) We moved the box back forward and bolted it down for the last time ( I hope). Here is how she sits now. Awaiting the sleeper boot.

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looks good - possibly the best looking sleeper cab I've ever seen converted
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Holy cow Batman, This thing is long!

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Holy cow Batman, This thing is long!

how long is it??
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40ft nose to tail. 29 ft box with a 3 ft attic. 102 inches wide.
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40ft nose to tail. 29 ft box with a 3 ft attic. 102 inches wide.
ok well not all that long....many are 45 feet (we are 42).

your width is standard, i suggest measuring to the mirrors....just so you know (in case you get into a tight spot.

I have some reminders on both sides of the overhead console...i tell my passengers they have some responsibility to help and watch out too.

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