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matt167 04-17-2012 10:29 AM

Garden cart as hotrod pickup bed.
Been thinking about what I need for a pickup bed for my ratrod.. Painting my older garden cart, I noticed the construction and looks is about par with an 'early' pickup bed. Now mine is way to small ( 10CF ). 30x36x12 but Ohio steel and Agrifab both make carts which are perfect size for my Ratrod, at 60x34x15 ( 17 CF )..

If I rework the tailgate, and rework the lip on the front. I should be able to cut the bed off the frame really easy ( non continuous welds ).. Add some trailer fenders and it should look pretty good.. As far as the price goes. There $360ish. If I built somthing, I would need a sheet of 18ga at least, and some sticks of 1"x1" 16ga tubing. probably come close to that price + the time to put it togther..

dinger 04-17-2012 10:37 AM

Great idea. To myself, this is what ratrodding is all about, using what's available without breaking the bank but still done in a cool manner. For protection purposes, a few coats of epoxy primer and paint to protect the surfaces.

NEW INTERIORS 04-17-2012 11:08 AM

You built the whole truck.. Why stop there... Build the bed as well.. ;)

MARTINSR 04-17-2012 11:11 AM

Personally, I think it will look like a garden cart bed on your truck. I'm with Randy, make one!


matt167 04-17-2012 11:54 AM

I'll have to see what I can come up with.. I should make it by hand. I just don't know that it'll come out looking much diffrent.. I guess I could build somthing with an embossed tailgate emblem. make people double take

S10 Racer 04-17-2012 02:43 PM

I see the axle bearings going out pretty quick.

skip99 04-18-2012 06:50 PM

working on that now....
2 --18 g. sheets cut and bent. $80 actually i think it was 14g. 1/16"?
2-- 1 3/4 tubes $22
1 front panel $80
stakes off old bed $0

my time......priceless !

Prof. T. Soggmeyer 04-18-2012 07:01 PM

That looks way better than a garden cart! :thumbup:

Mojo56 04-18-2012 07:32 PM

I prefer to use high dollar store bought parts rather than making do with what you have on hand... I about smoked my Visa card building this...

Prof. T. Soggmeyer 04-18-2012 10:04 PM

That post looks alot like my stock 49 bed. I love it.

1971BB427 04-19-2012 01:01 PM

Not sure what the availability is of used stepside beds, or the cost in your area, but I'd tend to want to buy a used box and modify it. A decent short narrow box truck bed goes under $200 around here quite often, and could be narrowed, shortened, or reworked from there to get it looking like you want.
I like the idea of making a box from something else, but I think a garden cart bed at nearly $400, plus a lot of work would not be my choice. I also prefer the wider angled or flat top of a stock box.

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