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Old 04-05-2003, 10:15 PM   #11
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That's a good question Joe. You're right, nothing under the bed will ever rust enough to hurt anything in your lifetime except maybe bolts and nuts.

I was recalling my MDT days. I had a bed built out of steel much lighter than you are using. In that MDT I could hear rocks from the tires being thrown up against the metal bed. That's when I decided to undercoat it. You won't hear that in BART due to heaver steel, and better sound proofing in your Volvo.

I would have the exposed outer sides and side boxes painted ASAP though, because unpainted, they will rust unbelievably fast. You don't want to paint it a month later and paint over rust. Thats what I did, and the rust started coming through the paint in less than a year. Same thing applies to the top of the bed too unless you are going to use Rhino Lining or something like that.

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Old 04-19-2003, 10:23 AM   #12
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So, Joe, when do we get to see some more pics?? How did your service work go?

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Old 04-19-2003, 02:54 PM   #13
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Hello, Larry & Jack -
Larry - Yes, I will Rhino Line the top down to the edge of the 45○ angle break on the sides. I've posted a picture that shows that, I think.

Jack - The service is ongoing. I had them take an oil sample which I will send in just to check on the health of the engine guts. They also checked and set the DCA level in the coolant. I had them run a complete printout on the engine and reset some of the values to better suite my use. They also did a complete lube of all the grease zerks - figured I'd better get that done before the bed went on the frame for good. I also had them check the clutch linkage and clutch brake. They changed the synthetic fluids in the rear end and transmission. On Monday they will check the alignment of the front and rear axles and make sure the bobtail proportioning valve is okay for single axle use. Then, I should be ready to go. I've posted another picture. Right now, Kevin, my builder is waiting for the doors to arrive. He'll build in the boxes once the doors arrive. He's making the doors out of 1/8" steel. I'll keep you posted. Joe

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Old 04-19-2003, 04:14 PM   #14
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Hey Joe (as we say down south),

That's an interesting box. Will there be room for the trailer to clear if you are on a sharp uphill turn, such as going across a median to make a U turn when the new lane is higher than the old lane? How close is the "box" to the pin?

Also, how high is the deck of the bed from the ground? I don't think you have said. I was thinking of raising my ATV storage area up about 8" or so off the rest of the deck to give me more stogage space in the front boxes. Plus maybe a space for some spare rubber in the center area over the frame. Granted, that means a higher loading height, but an ATV easily goes up/down STEEP things.Why didn't you build your motorcycle area up some for additional storage underneath, then taper the deck down to the hitch area? Or did you think it was just too high for a bike? Thanks, Jack

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Old 04-22-2003, 05:54 PM   #15
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Hello, Jack - The box on top of the bed is about 8" tall (really haven't measured it). But, I'm not worried about clearance in a tight turn. I'll just use the air slider and move the hitch all the way back on the bed, fill the air bags on the hitch and shouldn't have any clearance problems. My bed will be approximately 43" off the ground. I didn't want to build the ToyTrax motorcycle hauler up for several reasons - the most important being that the boss wants a window in the back of the sleeper cab. Plus I may be adding a closet behind the lift at a later date. I've posted a couple of more pictures in my photo gallery showing the size of the box doors and steps. I think I'll have enough storage - for now anyway. Joe

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Old 04-29-2003, 07:00 PM   #16
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Posted a few more photos this evening. Hope to have the bed done and on the way to the paint shop sometime next week. Joe

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Old 04-29-2003, 07:31 PM   #17
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Joe-
That is going to be one very TRICK bed once it's done and has a nice coat of paint, plus the other details you've mentioned. Can't wait to see the finished product!
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Joe,

Keep the build pictures coming, really enjoy them.

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Just added a few more shots of Bart. We got the bed on and I've now taken the truck to the Rhino-Lining shop. Goes to the paint shop on Wednesday. $620 for the Rhino job! Ouch! Joe

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Joe, you proved me right! That is one very trick bed NOW that it's done and ready for paint. Keep the pix coming! BART is one nasty-looking hauler!
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