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Old 04-01-2003, 05:43 PM   #1
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I've posted four photos of the bed frame being built on Bart. The batteries are disconnected; the ECM is unhooked, and the steel is being gounded before the welding takes place. (I'd post more photos; but the site says I've used up all my space in my folder\album.) Joe

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Old 04-02-2003, 06:23 PM   #2
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Hi Joe, It looks great. Wish I was doing mine. We need more pics as you go. If you want, use my login space for them. "Jack Mayer"

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Old 04-02-2003, 06:38 PM   #3
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I'm posting a couple more pictures of the top of the bed tonight. Bill gave me some more space, but I'll keep your offer in mind. Thanks - Joe

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Old 04-02-2003, 10:26 PM   #4
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Looks like BART will carry a battleship when finished Joe. IM sure they are careful when welding on the frame, Heating the frame can remove the temper from the steel. I know that sounds silly, but believe me, it can crystalize the steel and make it weaker.

It doesn't look like they put a rubber strip between the bed frame and the frame rails. I would spray that gap areas with primer, then try to seal it with spray can rubberized undercoating. Messy, but it will really deaden sound and prevent rust. Keep those pictures coming!!

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Old 04-03-2003, 07:23 PM   #5
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Hello, Onezman. The bed will be unbolted and lifted off for the finish welding and box build. At that time, we will undercoat it all. Thanks - Joe

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Old 04-03-2003, 07:51 PM   #6
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Bill moved all my photos over into a gallery. Click on galleries and select my user name to see all the shots. More to follow on Friday. Joe

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Old 04-03-2003, 08:19 PM   #7
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That look's like a pretty heavy steel plate Joe. Do you know how much it weighs? Do you have an estimate of the completed bed weight including the hitch? Looks like it'll be plenty to give you excellent traction on all surfaces when bobtailing.

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Old 04-04-2003, 07:53 PM   #8
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onezman - The VNL610 I bought from you weighed 17,920 pounds when it was put in service. The front axle (with that heavy Cummins N14 engine) weighs 10,780 pounds. The rear axles wrighed in at 7,140 pounds. With the front rear axle pulled for the conversion, I'm probably under 7,000 pounds on the rear, single axle. The deck plate and sides are being made out of 3/8" steel. The rear, with the wrap-around angles will be made out of 1/2" steel. We figure the bed will weigh something over 3,000 pounds. So, 7,000 + 3,000 + 5,000 max pin weight -- I'm still okay on max weight on the axle at 15,000 pounds. Joe

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Old 04-04-2003, 10:31 PM   #9
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Being overweight is never a concern Joe. I was just curious, because your bed appear to be by far the heaviest I have ever seen.

FYI, I did weigh one conversions exactly like yours. As I recall, (not sure) it weighed 15,600. I can't locate that weigh slip, but seems like about 5,100 on the rear axle. Don't know how much fuel was on it at the factory, but that number seems heavy. No RVer will ever approach GVWR or GCVWR when RVing. When registered as a motorhome, you won't be stopping at any scales anyway.

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Old 04-05-2003, 04:40 PM   #10
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Larry - This may seem like a dumb question; but here goes -- Since I'm building this truck bed out of 3/8" steel why do I have to worry about priming and undercoating it? Yes, there will be rust - but it won't rust through, or even begin to compromise anything in our lifetime - so is there something I'm not thinking of here? (I plan on undercoating it; but it seems to be a nice-to-do thing rather than a necessary item.) Thanks, Joe

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